· (US) IPA(key): /ˌkætəˈwɑmpəs/, /ˈkætəˌwɑmpəs/
catawampus (comparative more catawampus, superlative most catawampus)
1. Out of alignment, crooked, cater-corner.
2. Fierce, destructive.
· (out of alignment): askew, awry, crooked, off-kilter
· fierce, destructive): destructive, fierce
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I rather doubt that anybody has
Included cattywampus in a verse:
So now, without ado or razzmatazz,
Let me, then, be the first one to disburse
This word into the world of sonnetry
To find out how it fares where Shakespeare walked,
And if it proves a bumptious refugee
Soon doomed to be ridiculously mocked,
Or chances to inveigle some support
From connoisseurs of this exalted art,
Appealing to the whims of that cohort
As something to be savored, quite apart
From diction that’s traditionally enjoyed,
But now is cattawampically deployed.