Cockamamie meaning

kŏkə-māmē
Trifling; nearly valueless.
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Ludicrous; nonsensical.

Gave me a cockamamie reason for not going.

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Of poor quality; inferior.
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Silly; ridiculous.
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(US, chiefly dated) A decal, a design that can be transferred to a surface.
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A foolish or ridiculous person.
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Foolish, ill-considered, silly, unbelievable.

Do not give any more cockamamie reasons for failing to complete your assignment.

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Origin of cockamamie

  • Probably alteration of decalcomania

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French décalcomanie (“process of transferring designs onto surfaces using decals”); sometimes erroneously claimed to derive from Yiddish.

    From Wiktionary