Catawampus meaning

katəwämpəs
(dial.) Askew; awry.
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The definition of catawampus is awry.

An example of something catawampus is a situation that has gone completely out of control.

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(US) A fierce imaginary animal, a bogeyman.
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Origin of catawampus

  • The crooked sense may at least partly derive from the same source as the "cater" in cater-corner, which some would derive from Middle French catre (“four”)- in reference to four corners/square- from Old French quatre (“four”), from Latin quattuor. This is disputed by others, who suggest a possible Old Norse or other Scandinavian origin. See cater-corner and cater-corner for more.

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  • In the fierce sense probably from catamount (mountain cat).

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