Definition of askew in English:


Line breaks: askew
Pronunciation: /əˈskjuː

adverb& adjective

1Not in a straight or level position: [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.
1.1Wrong; awry: [as adverb]: the plan went sadly askew
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.


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

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