kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər How to pronounce kilter (audio) \

Definition of kilter

: proper or usual state or condition : order out of kilter

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Examples of kilter in a Sentence

since I dropped my food processor, it's been all out of kilter
Recent Examples on the Web The actor seems always right at home in Almodóvar’s off-kilter universe, where the gravitational pull of philosophical pathos and nakedly honest emotion balances out the centripetal forces of absurdist humor and erotic camp. Sergio Burstein, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2022 The Celtics had opened the season off-kilter, losing their first two games and, by early January, 19 more. New York Times, 17 June 2022 Likewise, its visual grammar privileges an off-kilter sensibility that keys us into the sense that something is always slightly off. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 15 June 2022 But both hold up an off-kilter mirror to our warped world, as if to help viewers see the distortions more clearly. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The writing here isn’t as off-kilter, but Perfetti draws out the quirky fragility of his character to moving effect. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 His cinematic, delightfully off-kilter interiors are the architectural equivalent of a handwritten note: personal, impressive, and wholly unexpected. The Editors Of Elle Decor, ELLE Decor, 1 June 2022 Through scenes that are at once spiritual and seductive, vulnerable and electric, this film delves into what happens when the balance between art and business—or culture and society—goes off-kilter. Melissa Giannini, ELLE, 18 May 2022 The off-kilter film — which became a viral sensation after its trailer debuted — follows a childless couple who discover a hybrid lamb baby that’s half-human, half lamb. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kilter

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilter

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25 Jun 2022

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“Kilter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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kil·​ter | \ ˈkil-tər How to pronounce kilter (audio) \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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Nglish: Translation of kilter for Spanish Speakers


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