kil·ter | \ ˈkil-tər \

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

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Then Purdue's offense got off kilter, and the Buckeyes got arguably their most impressive win of the season. Bill Landis,, "Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament: Avoiding one-and-done in Boise could fall on Buckeyes bench," 15 Mar. 2018 The artist Thomas Schütte designed an off-kilter cabin, called the Blockhaus, to sit at the end of a path in Vitra’s green pasture. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Vitra adds a kooky wood cabin to its campus of architectural gems," 29 June 2018 Publicly, on Twitter: Harris replied with an oh, right! thought bubble so unapologetic that some people thought the duo were doing an off-kilter social media bit. Devon Ivie, GQ, "Neil Patrick Harris Apologized to Rachel Bloom for Being Oblivious," 13 June 2018 Though the event, begun by Elizabeth Taylor in an effort to raise money for the fight against AIDS, was outwardly as glamorous as ever, the atmosphere at the luxurious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc was off-kilter. Amy Kaufman,, "The first Cannes Film Festival after Harvey Weinstein's downfall struggled with its place in the #MeToo era," 22 May 2018 Ditko was the only Marvel artist given the licence to not draw like Kirby because his signature style -- moody, off-kilter, wirey, and sometimes psychedelic -- possessed an originality that couldn’t be streamlined. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, is dead.," 7 July 2018 By contrast, Samuel may be a stooge, a tool and a deeply misguided individual, but Pattinson is nonetheless the movie’s most surprising, off-kilter and delightful element. Justin Chang,, "Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'," 21 June 2018 While there’s not too much information yet on what exactly Saint Heron’s Ikea collaboration will include, one can’t help but imagine Solange’s predilection for minimal yet off-kilter fashion making its way into Saint Heron’s designs. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Ikea and Solange’s Saint Heron Announce an Interior Design Collaboration," 7 June 2018 This is usually due to one of two factors: The amount of your tears is lacking or the quality of your tears is off-kilter. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Things That Can Cause Irritated, Scratchy Eyes," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of kilter

1628, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kilter

origin unknown

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kil·ter | \ ˈkil-tər \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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