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whopperjawed

adjective; compounding
Askew, ajar, not fitting quite as something should The speaker had been reared using this word as a synonym for ajar or broken and stuck in an awkward position (as a jaw might be after being punched). She had no idea that this word was not well known and widely used. She has family in rural Texas, which might account for the word's origin through folk etymology.
 
The parking gate was stuck halfway open; it was all whopperjawed.
Etymology : Compound word derived from the condition of being injured after taking a blow (a whopper) to the jaw (only speculation)
Source : Roommate
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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