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Definition of cattywampus


  • Misaligned, oblique, diagonal. See also "whopperjawed."
    The accident left the frame on the car totally cattywampus.

    Last edited on Jul 16 1998. Submitted by Mike S. from Huntington, WV, USA on Jul 16 1998.

  • diagonally, obliquely, also askew, awry. (Also whopperjawed.)
    We came cattywhompus over the field.

    Last edited on Oct 30 1999. Submitted by Dr. R. from NJ, USA on Oct 30 1999.

  • when something appears off center. Also catawampus.
    His glasses are cattywampus on his head.

    Last edited on Nov 24 1999. Submitted by GR O. from Germany on Nov 24 1999.

  • Askew, tilted, lopsided. LA SoCal area. I used this term since I was a child.
    His glass were caddywampus on his head.

    Last edited on Nov 29 1999. Submitted by GR O. from Germany on Nov 29 1999.

  • Crooked or not level.
    Those stairs are Caddywampus.

    Last edited on Dec 28 2001. Submitted by Rockster from York, PA, USA on Dec 28 2001.

  • banged up, as in an accident.
    My glasses have been cattiewhompus ever since I fell.

    Last edited on May 13 2011. Submitted by Hayley from Madison, MS, USA on Feb 13 2002.

  • across diagonally from; "catty cornered".
    Her house is cattiewhompus to mine.

    Last edited on May 13 2011. Submitted by Hayley from Madison, MS, USA on Feb 13 2002.

  • out of its usual state, screwed up.
    Things have been cattiewhompus since they broke up.

    Last edited on May 13 2011. Submitted by Hayley from Madison, MS, USA on Feb 13 2002.

  • I suppose it's a southern expression.
    That thang there is catty wampus. (regarding the straightness or fit of an item.)

    Last edited on May 13 2011. Submitted by Anonymous on Apr 02 2002.

  • I have heard cattywhampus use as a synonym for Wampus Cat and Kittycorner or cattycorner used to mean diagonally or adjacent(touching on the corner as the red squares on a checker board) .

    Last edited on Oct 21 2010. Submitted by Anonymous on Oct 21 2010.


  • Behaving in an abnormal manner, without control. Also spelled catty whompus. Example: "That child rolling on the floor in the Piggly Wiggly is catty whompus!"

    Last edited on Dec 06 2013. Submitted by Florida Dixie on Dec 06 2013.

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