off-kilter

adjective

off-kil·​ter ˈȯf-ˈkil-tər How to pronounce off-kilter (audio)
1
: not in perfect balance : a bit askew
off-kilter camera angles
His hat was slightly off-kilter.
2
: eccentric, unconventional
off-kilter characters
an off-kilter approach

Examples of off-kilter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The book is an excellent glimpse into the off-the-field baseball world, and how outsize personalities (and salaries) can send it off-kilter. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2024 As people age, though, one lineage of HSCs starts to dominate, throwing the equilibrium off-kilter. Megan Molteni, STAT, 27 Mar. 2024 The articles were riddled with typos, grammatical errors, off-kilter formatting and other red flags. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 20 Mar. 2024 And the actors certainly come to play: Wiig brings an off-kilter intensity to Maxine’s Barbie-perfect looks and pageant-ready smiles, so that no matter how hard Maxine works to blend in she cannot help but stick out. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Mar. 2024 Emily Ratajkowski wore an off-kilter Jacquemus dress that would be perfectly welcome on the awards circuit—if not for its side boob-baring skew. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 13 Mar. 2024 And even a minimal absence knocks the short and long-term trajectory of this team off-kilter. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 8 Mar. 2024 Poor Things' star and Academy favorite Emma Stone, however, rocked the narrative with her off-kilter work in Yorgos Lanthimos' peculiar emotional epic, charting her Frankenstein-esque character's evolution from dawdling infant to fully realized feminist. Ew Staff Published, EW.com, 8 Mar. 2024 From acne and dryness, to off-kilter pH and uneven skin tone, a topical application of honey may be your golden ticket to an improved complexion. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of off-kilter was in 1929

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“Off-kilter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/off-kilter. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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