akil·​ter ə-ˈkil-tər How to pronounce akilter (audio)
: out of balance or alignment : off-kilter
His lackluster brown eyes were sunk in his skull and his right eye was slanted enough to look akilter and borrowed and slapdash.Ron Hansen, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 1983

Word History


a- entry 1 (perhaps taken as reduction of off entry 2) + kilter

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of akilter was in 1906

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“Akilter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akilter. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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