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1.
Not exactly centered or straight
The picture frame is cattywampus on the wall.
by Jo Gutierrez September 05, 2003
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2.
see also: awry, askew, out-of-sorts
things seems a bit cattywampus as of late.
by www.joerandazzo.com September 08, 2003
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3.
crazy, chaotic
If things get cattywampus just call me.
by Whisper August 10, 2003
107 79
 
4.
ADV. Performed in a non-straightforward manner; approached from an unexpected angle; askew; askance.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a poet and philosopher whose idea of the "Oversoul" may prefigure contemporary astrophysicists' notion that "all matter is is made up of the same elements and energies and governed by the same laws" because the universe proceeds from a Big Bang. "Poets may go at the big truths a little cattywampus, but sometimes they do get to them" (Ted Kooser, _The Poetry Home Repair Manual_, University of Nebraska Press, 2005. 141)
by mecr July 05, 2012
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5.
crazy, chaotic
if things get cattywampus just call me
by Whisper August 10, 2003
56 65
 
6.
positioned diagonally; cater-cornered
The round bank building is cattywampus from the Gateway Shopping Center.
by BlackBears April 24, 2009
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