Definition of cockamamie in English:


(also cockamamy)


North American
  • Ridiculous; implausible.

    ‘a cockamamie theory’
    • ‘He may practice cockamamie politics, but he's a very talented actor and director, and I'm proud of him for finally winning.’
    • ‘This cockamamie human rights inquisition outfit found him guilty of hate.’
    • ‘Both groups toss aside any fact that gets in their way and trumpet any cockamamie cure-all that supports their goals.’
    • ‘There is this crazy cockamamie story that went around that we had signed some pact.’
    • ‘He has espoused some cockamamie theories about the secret society.’
    • ‘They spend hours convoluting cockamamie stories that work in their pea-brains and expect us to go ‘wow, that sure is smart.’’
    • ‘Someone comes up with this cockamamie theory that an e-mail could melt down all the computers and maybe even blow up all the buildings.’
    • ‘Well, scrap that cockamamie, and sales-slumping, idea.’
    • ‘Once you have real evidence, not some conjectured, cockamamie theory, call me.’
    • ‘My wife is on some cockamamie diet right now that is pretty unappetizing.’
    • ‘Frankly, though, I think he's too nice about it: this ‘theory’ is so cockamamie that it belongs with the tin foil hat brigade.’
    • ‘No wonder they've been making such cockamamie decisions.’
    • ‘It will be our cockamamie ideologies that will start to not fit.’
    • ‘He told me a story about how he duped some UFO buff with a cockamamy story about how he witnessed a UFO.’
    • ‘If you expect me to fall for that cockamamie story that you just told, you've clearly lost your mind!’
    • ‘The movie is in such a rush, charging headlong from crisis to fiasco, it's hard not to get carried away by its mad, cockamamie rhythm.’
    • ‘I wasn't the one who talked me into this cockamamy adventure in the first place.’
    • ‘In the end they picked me up on the street for some cockamamy charge and held me, just for an hour, nothing very terrible.’
    • ‘First thing we gotta do is concoct some kind of cockamamie contraption that'll get us out of this mess.’
    • ‘Then what makes you think this cockamamie plan is going to work?’


1940s (originally denoting a design left by a transfer): probably an alteration of decalcomania.