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

Definition of askew

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

Other Words from askew

askewness noun

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Askew was formed simply by attaching the prefix a- (meaning "in [such] a state or condition") to skew. The latter comes from Anglo-French eschiver, meaning "to escape or avoid."

Examples of askew in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glazed legs slightly askew, and ringlets of blond, chestnut, ebony, and russet. The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 On a recent day, the traffic was so light that no one really noticed when a car accidentally backed into the barrel, setting one of the signs askew. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2022 Seven of Nine) travel back to Earth in 2024 to prevent the timeline from going hopelessly askew. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2022 Nearby, the remnants of a red taillight sat askew near the sidewalk while a license plate lay in the street. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 If there are tree branches askew across a path, it’s probably not the right one. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 The black Toyota’s right front end appeared to be badly damaged from being jammed into a vehicle in front of it; its windshield was partially shattered, the hood crumpled up and its two front tires askew. Chicago Tribune Staff,, 10 June 2021 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 See More

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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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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, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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