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 predic. adjective]: I got the impression that something was awry
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    • 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 predic. adjective]: he was hatless, his silver hair awry
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    • 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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