Definition of askew in English:

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askew

Pronunciation: /əˈskyo͞o/

adverb& adjective

1Not in a straight or level position: [as adverb]: the door was hanging askew on one twisted hinge [as predicative adjective]: her hat was slightly askew
More example sentences
  • Brent turned to me, rolling his eyes, his tri-corner hat slightly askew.
  • At the door two glassy-eyed guards slowly tilt their heads slightly askew in opposite directions, and then towards each other.
  • Objects that would normally hug the wall were positioned askew.
Synonyms
crooked, lopsided, tilted, angled, at an angle, skew, skewed, slanted, aslant, awry, oblique, out of true, to/on one side, uneven, off-center, asymmetrical
informal cockeyed, wonky
1.1Wrong; awry: [as adverb]: the plan went sadly askew [as adjective]: outrageous humor with a decidedly askew point of view
More example sentences
  • Don't punish the press just because the publishers' plans have gone askew.
  • A few of the facts are slightly askew but the enthusiasm of the article is interesting.
  • One slip and the entire story would go slightly askew.

Origin

Mid 16th century: from a-2 'on' + skew.

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