from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Informal Foolish; ridiculous; absurd: a cockeyed idea.
  • adj. Informal Askew; crooked.
  • adj. Informal Intoxicated; drunk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having both eyes oriented inward.
  • adj. Crooked or askew.
  • adj. Absurd, silly, or stupid; usually used in reference to ideas rather than people.
  • adj. Alternative spelling of cock-eyed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a squinting eye; cross-eyed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. very drunk
  • adj. turned or twisted toward one side
  • adj. incongruous;inviting ridicule


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