Complete Definition of "haywire"

was wotd|2006|May|1
English

Etymology
From hay + wire.

Pronunciation
IPA|/'heɪwaɪÉ/
audio|en-us-haywire.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. wire|Wire used to bind bales of hay.

Translations

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Russian: вÑзалÑÐ½Ð°Ñ Ð¿Ñоволока f

Adjective
en-adj

  1. Roughly-made, unsophisticated, decrepit (from the use of haywire for temporary repairs; Originated because of frayed wires sitting near hay in a hot barn, which caused an explosion. The barn ceased to exist, and it was referred to as having gone "haywire.").
  2. Behaving erratically or in an uncontrollable manner, especially of a machine or mechanical process.

#: Everything was working fine until it suddenly went haywire and wouldn't stop printing blank sheets.

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