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skew

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verb \ˈskyü\

Simple Definition of skew

  • : to change (something) so that it is not true or accurate

  • : to make (something) favor a particular group of people in a way that is unfair

Full Definition of skew

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take an oblique course

  3. 2 :  to look askance

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make, set, or cut on the skew

  6. 2 :  to distort especially from a true value or symmetrical form <skewed data>

Examples of skew

  1. They were accused of skewing the facts to fit their theory.

  2. He accused them of skewing the rules in their favor.



Origin of skew

Middle English, to escape, run obliquely, from Anglo-French *eskiuer, eschiver to escape, avoid — more at eschew


First Known Use: 15th century


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skew

adjective

Definition of skew

  1. 1 :  set, placed, or running obliquely :  slanting

  2. 2 :  more developed on one side or in one direction than another :  not symmetrical



1609

First Known Use of skew

1609


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skew

noun

Definition of skew

  1. :  a deviation from a straight line :  slant



1688

First Known Use of skew

1688



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