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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Synonyms for kilter


condition, estate, fettle, form, health, keeping, nick [British], order, repair, shape, trim

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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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That's very disconcerting for her, anything that throws her off kilter is fun. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miriam Shor On Season 6 of 'Younger' and How Diana Trout Empowered Her to Pursue Directing," 13 May 2019 Wearing off-kilter footwear is ultimately about having fun and staying comfortable—what better choice for listening to music all day in a crowd? Vogue, "The Ugly Shoe Is Fashion’s New Festival Style Staple," 1 Apr. 2019 As Adler sees it, the best spaces always have some element of the unexpected, the weird, the off-kilter—that's what makes them interesting. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Do Glam Interiors Right," 11 Mar. 2019 Kanye West became smitten with her off-kilter stacks of vocal harmonies, flirtations with dissonance and wild swings in tone. August Brown,, "Kendrick Lamar’s work has long alluded to other Pulitzer Prize winners," 17 Apr. 2018 And that’s where the off-kilter, abbreviated bangs (slightly mussed with mists of McKnight's Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, which hung above the graphic jet-black eyes by makeup artist Peter Philips, came into play. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Paris Runway Will Change the Way You Think About Bangs," 26 Sep. 2018 But some scientists looked at what could happen without the time correction rule and concluded clocks could gradually go off-kilter if the grid's power was delivered consistently at higher or lower rates than 60 hertz. Seth Borenstein, USA TODAY, "Running late? Clocks may go a little cuckoo with change to power grid maintenance rules," 17 May 2018 For a roughly 7-by-6-foot fringed blanket and charming pillows (there’s a choice of two colors and sizes), the scarves have been chopped up and stitched together in a tastefully off-kilter patchwork motif. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Acne Studios Offers a Characteristically Cool Take on Home Goods," 5 Dec. 2018 All of the toys in the collection have a perfectly off-kilter sense of fun. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ikea’s new line of toys is perfectly off-kilter," 10 Sep. 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 How to pronounce kilter (audio) \

Kids Definition of kilter

: proper condition The TV is out of kilter.

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