Haywire is a term that is often used to describe something that is out of control. A machine or system that is haywire is not working the way it should, and it is causing a lot of problems.

  • The chair was haywire and it kept moving.

  • The computer system was haywire and it was crashing all the time.

Definition of haywire


not functioning properly


amiss, awry, wrong


informal or slang terms for mentally irregular


around the bend, balmy, barmy, bats, batty, bonkers, buggy, cracked, crackers, daft, dotty, fruity, kookie, kooky, loco, loony, loopy, nuts, nutty, round the bend, wacky, whacky


wire for tying up bales of hay

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Example Sentences for haywire

  • 1

    But this was not a computer gone haywire, but a computer user gone haywire.

  • 2

    It is about civilization gone haywire.

  • 3

    It was a cut and paste gone haywire.

  • 4

    The text on here is going haywire ...

  • 5

    You're putting the infobox into haywire.

  • 6

    The start of the trajectory is correct and then it goes haywire.

  • 7

    Mahone climbs up the silo to meet Haywire.

  • 8

    The references on the obesity page have gone haywire.

  • 9

    Besides, even good bots can go haywire.

  • 10

    Also, the equal signs seem to have gone haywire.