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Kam. adj. Crooked.

Kam, in Erse, is squint-eyed, and applied to any thing awry: clean kam signifies crooked, athwart, awry, cross from the purpose. A-schembo, Italian, hence our English a-kimbo. Clean kam is, by vulgar pronunciation, brought to kim kam.

The blood he hath lost, he dropt it for his country:
And what is left, to lose it by his country,
Were to us all that do't and suffer it,
A brand to th' end o' th' world.
— This is clean kam.
— Meerly awry.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Irish (Erse) (11) · Italian (29)

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