adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈskyü How to pronounce askew (audio) \

Definition of askew

: out of line : at an angle The picture hung askew.

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Other Words from askew

askewness noun

Examples of askew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leaning into the microphone, tie slightly askew, Dr. Tobin used his hands and elbows to demonstrate how people breathe. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 One of the shifters has been knocked askew, and my leg has two bleeding puncture marks. Jason H. Harper, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2021 The tiles fallen, the burgundy shutters hanging askew. Salman Rushdie, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2020 If his comeback goes askew with another injury this season, that is likely the only way Mullens makes it onto the field. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 3 Sep. 2019 Plans go askew after Skellington kidnaps Santa Claus. Lauren Delgado,, 19 Mar. 2018 Producer/director Ryan Murphy got the details right — down to how Versace’s flip-flops landed askew on the stone steps of Casa Casuarina on that fateful Tuesday morning. miamiherald, 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of askew

1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for askew

probably from a- entry 1 + skew

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23 Apr 2021

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“Askew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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adverb or adjective
\ ə-ˈskyü How to pronounce askew (audio) \

Kids Definition of askew

: not straight : at an angle Harry fell backward, his glasses askew— J. K. Rowling, Goblet of Fire

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