\ə-ˈskyü \

Definition of askew 

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

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Other Words from askew

askewness noun

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Plans go askew after Skellington kidnaps Santa Claus. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'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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The first known use of askew was in 1552

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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