catawampus

[ kat-ee-wom-puhs ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

is not lined up or not arranged correctly, or diagonally. In disarray or disorder; askew

Origin + Etymology

from Scots wampish, meaning to "wriggle," "twist," or "swerve."

Synonyms

  • awry
  • off-center
  • askance
  • bent
  • cockeyed
  • curved
  • knotted
  • lopsided

Antonyms

  • straight
  • orderly

Example

The frames on the wall were catawampus.

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