Definition of awry in English:


Syllabification: a·wry
Pronunciation: /əˈrī

adverb& adjective

1Away from the appropriate, planned, or expected course; amiss: [as adverb]: many youthful romances go awry [as predicative adjective]: I got the impression that something was awry
More example sentences
  • Obviously little would need to go amiss for the financial plan to go awry.
  • Of course, when things go awry we always single out and punish somebody, usually the coach.
  • Some people whose expectations go awry never do get back on their feet.
amiss, wrong
informal up
1.1Out of the normal or correct position; askew: [as predicative adjective]: he was hatless, his silver hair awry
More example sentences
  • Hair of an unruly curling black hung awry upon her crooked shoulders and cascaded to the waist.
  • Her hair was badly done, her skirts were awry, her hands were red.
  • But King George's smile was a bit awry tonight.
askew, crooked, lopsided, tilted, skewed, skew, to one side, off-center, uneven
informal cockeyed, wonky


late Middle English: from a-2 'on' + wry.

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