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

  • adj. Slang Eccentric; crazy.
  • adj. Slang Ludicrously odd, unlikely, or inappropriate.

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  • adj. Crazy; silly; ridiculous; insane; demented; unreasonable.
  • adj. Tipsy; slightly drunk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tortuous, like the thread or motion of a screw: as, a screwy motion.
  • Exacting; close; stingy; mean; oppressive.
  • Worn out; worthless.

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

  • adj. not behaving normally


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1820, original meaning “tipsy, slightly drunk;” meaning “crazy, ridiculous” first recorded 1887.


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