1. drunk [screwed adj. (1)].
|Punch XIII 213/2: His runken vocabulary consists of Lushy, Screwy, Groggy, Touched, Elevated, and innumerable others.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 19 Nov. 3/2: He was a leetle screwy at the time and his brain [...] obfuscated by divers glassses of sherry.|
|Newcomes II 85: Blest if I didn’t nearly drive her into a wegetable cart. I was so uncommon scruey!|
|Taunton Courier 19 Aug. 8/5: The first degree was that of sobriety [...] the ninth, ‘screwy’.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor I 295/1: Mechanics are capital customers [...] they’re not so screwy.|
|Johnny Ludlow I 301: For once in his screwy life, old Brown was generous.|
3. worn out [screwed adj. (3)].
|F&H].Red as a Rose xix n.p.: The oldest and screwiest horse in the stables [|
|Barkeep Stories 7: ‘Blow back t’ town [...] wid a paper suit an’ a screwy overcoat an’ a pair o’ yellow shoes [etc]’.|
4. (orig. US) in senses derived from a screw loose under screw n.1
(a) foolish, stupid, insane.
|Lantern (N.O.) 8 Oct. 3: Notes which are so full of screwy talk.|
|Enemy to Society 259: Keep your hand on your stick; if the old guy draws a gun or a knife or tries to do anything screwy, brain him!|
|Let Tomorrow Come 213: That guy’s screwy, policeman.|
|Thieves Like Us (1999) 101: All that screwy stuff got out of his goddam head.|
|Generation of Vipers 238: Having found every world balance of power a screwy device.|
|Cold Stone Jug (1981) II 137: Act up as if you’re screwy. But not too much, mind. Just enough to get the old horse-doctor really interested in you.|
|Cessnock Eagle (NSW) 4 Oct. 4/2: Screws all around and round. I ain’t been so screwed down before. / Yes, I’m going screwey, that’s what they say.|
|Your Own Beloved Sons 95: If this ain’t the screwiest set-up, I’ll be a sonofabitch.|
|There is a Happy Land (1964) 37: Shu-ut up, screwy! [...] It’s you that’s blinking screwy, man!|
|Start in Life (1979) 269: I thought I’d go screwy if she said another word in this tone.|
|Twits (1982) 75: ‘He’s nutty!’ ‘He’s screwy!’.|
|Powder 389: In his screwy mind, these two English kids were fucking with him by trying to turn up late at his door.|
|Vatican Bloodbath 87: Yeah, dat kinda makes some kinda screwy sorta fucken sense!|
|Fever Kill 68: The missed opportunity, the screwy rendezvous, the dead girl.|
(b) odd, strange.
|in Limerick (1953) 19: A young Juliet of St. Louis / On a balcony stood, acting screwy.|
|‘Jiggs in “Phew”’ [comic strip] in Tijuana Bibles (1997) 15: Sump’n screwy about this.|
|Duke 9: The whole block was empty, but it looked screwy-like, strange.|
|Swell-Looking Babe 99: Didn’t that strike you as pretty screwy?|
|Big Gold Dream 73: There was something screwy about this business.|
|Going After Cacciato (1980) 252: Then where’d you get such a screwy name?|
|Tourist Season (1987) 317: It was obvious from the pained expressions on these unusually young and muscular looking Shriners that something was screwy.|
|Lucky You 300: Obviously something was screwy, or Sinclair would have been in the lobby.|
|Time 31 Jan. 8: So just who came up with this screwy idea?|
|Guardian Guide 13 Feb. 15/1: [He] told a room of producers that he was on the hunt for ‘screwy and fucked-up’ programme ideas.|
(c) (US) suspicious, alarmed.
|Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 108: When I saw them go on up the street I got screwy.‘Finger Man’ in|
(d) illegal; counterfeit.
|Dames Don’t Care (1960) 22: It is a federal offence to change bonds that are screwy.|
|(con. 1939) Mad in Pursuit 173: Even an ordinary fight they had to muck about with. One of them had to be told it was screwy.|
|Mute Witness (1997) 10: The whole deal is screwy.|
(e) (US) sexually obsessed.
|Spicy Adventure Stories Aug. [Internet] Do you know you drive me nuts, Yolande? Do you know I’m screwy about you?‘Black 13’ in|
5. weak, malfunctioning, broken.
|Lucifer with a Book 74: He’s got a bad tummy [...] Something screwy in his duodenum.|
|Pimp 207: I turned her down because I knew she had a screwy ticker.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] My screwy focus righted itself.‘Dread Fellow Churls’ in|