Green’s Dictionary of Slang

screwed adj.

1. [mid-19C+] drunk.

2. in senses of screw v. (2b)

(a) [early 19C; 1940s+] (also screwed over, scrod) cheated, deceived.

(b) [late 19C+] in trouble.

3. [late 19C+] (Aus./US, also screwed out) worn out with hard work.

In phrases

half-screwed (adj.)

[mid-19C] tipsy.

screwed, blued and tattooed (adj.) (also screwed, blewed and tattooed; stewed, screwed and tattooed) [screw v. (2b) + ? blewed, robbed + SE tattooed, to be repeatedly struck] [1940s–70s]

1. (US) comprehensively defeated; suffering very great harm.

2. (also screwed and tattooed) an excl. of delight.

screwed up (adj.) [abbr. phr. screwed up in a corner]

1. [late 19C–1900s] in serious financial difficulties.

2. [late 19C–1910s] (US) emotionally stimulated with alcohol, drunk.

3. [20C+] in a mess, out of order, malfunctioning.

4. [1930s+] neurotic, very miserable, anxious.

5. [1960s] absurd, improbable, unlikely.