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cockeyed

adjective uk   /ˌkɒkˈaɪd/ us    /ˌkɑːk-/

cockeyed adjective (SLOPING)

informal not straight, but sloping to one side: Would you straighten that picture over there? - It's a bit cockeyed.Slanting, sloping, leaning, tilting

cockeyed adjective (STUPID)

describes a plan or idea that is stupid, not suitable, or not likely to be successful: The government has dreamed up some cockeyed scheme for getting unemployed youngsters back into work.Stupid and sillyOf unsound mind

cockeyed adjective (DRUNK)

mainly US old-fashioned informal having drunk too much alcohol
Synonym
Drunkenness and sobriety
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