Word of The Day: Cattywampus

Today's word of the day is cattywampus. Cattywampus can either be used as an adjective or an adverb. As an adjective it means askew, awry, or positioned diagonally. As an adverb it means diagonally or obliquely.





Use it in a sentence!

As an adjective:

After the children were finished playing, all the toys were cattywampus and the parents had to fix it.




As an adverb:

We walked cattywampus across the basketball court to get to the snack shack.





But where did it come from?

Etymologists (people who study the origin of words) haven’t actually figured out the origin behind the word cattywampus. Apparently is been around for over 100 years and was possibly derived from the Scottish word wampish, which means to wriggle, twist, or swerve.


Have you ever left anything cattywampus? Tell me about it in the comments below!


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