adjective akil·ter \ə-ˈkil-tər\

Definition of akilter

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of akilter

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

First Known Use: 1906

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to cast off or become cast off

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