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 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, "49ers mailbag: Will the line be able to protect Jimmy G?," 3 Sep. 2019 Plans go askew after Skellington kidnaps Santa Claus. Lauren Delgado,, "'The Nightmare Before Christmas' to be featured in Dr. Phillips Center concert," 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, "‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ premiered Wednesday. Here are some details you might have missed," 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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“Askew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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