awry askew

CATAWAMPUS [aka CATTYWAMPUS]

[adjective] 

1. askew; awry. 

2. positioned diagonally; cater-cornered. 

[adverb] 

3. diagonally; obliquely. 

Etymology: of uncertain origin, entered English around the mid-1800s. Its first element, cata- is likely to be derived from the adverb cater meaning “diagonally.” The second element may be related to the Scottish term wampish meaning “to wave about or flop to and fro” .

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