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awry

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈrī\

Simple Definition of awry

  • : not working correctly or happening in the expected way

  • : not straight or neat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of awry

  1. 1 :  in a turned or twisted position or direction :  askew

  2. 2 :  off the correct or expected course :  amiss

Examples of awry in a sentence

  1. In his 1942 story “Runaround,” Isaac Asimov offered his now-famous Three Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; and a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Most of Asimov's stories deal with things going awry because these laws don't equip robots to tackle real-world situations. —Robert J. Sawyer, Science, 16 Nov. 2007

  2. Beer is made up of a complex concoction of substances that stretch well beyond simply that of water and ethanol. There is ample opportunity, then, for things to go awry in the beer-making process. —David Filmore, Today's Chemist at Work, January 2002

  3. If you forget to sign your return, speckle it with correction fluid, or assemble the pages in the wrong order, the agent may take a much closer look to see if anything else is awry. —Janine S. Pouliot, Parenting, April 1997

  4. I was proud of my schoolteacher father. If his suit was out of press, and his necktie knotted awry, I was too new to the world to notice. —John Updike, New Yorker, 10 Mar. 1997



14th Century

First Known Use of awry

14th century

Rhymes with awry

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AWRY Defined for Kids

awry

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adverb or adjective \ə-ˈrī\

Definition of awry for Students

  1. 1 :  turned or twisted to one side :  askew <His hat was all awry.>

  2. 2 :  out of the right course :  amiss <The plans had gone awry.>





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