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Nov 10, 2011
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apopemptic
forficate
addlepated
catawampus
scrobiculate

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catawampus

PRONUNCIATION:
(kat-uh-WOM-puhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Askew; crooked.
2. Diagonally positioned: catercornered.

ETYMOLOGY:
From cater (diagonally), from French word quatre (four). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwetwer- (four), which also gave us four, square, cadre, quadrant, quarantine (literally, period of forty days). Earliest documented use: 1840. The word is also spelled as cattywampus.

USAGE:
"Have you noticed that life seems a bit catawampus lately?"
Scott Marcus; Managing Stress; Times-Standard (Eureka, California); Apr 3, 2011.

"A well-used Old Town canoe lies catawampus at the entrance to the cellar."
Stephen Williams; Why Ask for the Moon? The New York Times; Jun 10, 2007.

See more usage examples of catawampus in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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