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Line breaks: kil¦ter
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪltə

Definition of kilter in English:


(in phrase out of kilter)
Out of harmony or balance: daylight saving throws everybody’s body clock out of kilter
More example sentences
  • House of Lords reform is up for debate next year, council elections need reform, the balance of power is out of kilter, but it's all hotch-potch and hand-to-mouth.
  • But when the two banks amalgamated, it threw the whole religious balance out of kilter.
  • The numbers are out of kilter and the balance is wrong.
awry, off balance, unbalanced, out of order, not in working order, disordered, confused, disorderly, disorganized, muddled, in poor shape;
disharmonious, discordant, out of tune, out of step


early 17th century: of unknown origin.

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