- of poor quality; inferior
- silly; ridiculous
Origin: alteration of decalcomania, probably influenced, influence by cock-a-nee-nee, 19th-c. name inch(es) New York for a cheap molasses candy
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also cock·a·ma·myadjective Slang
- Trifling; nearly valueless.
- Ludicrous; nonsensical: gave me a cockamamie reason for not going.
Origin: Probably alteration of decalcomania.