\ ˈskyü How to pronounce skew (audio) \
skewed; skewing; skews

Definition of skew

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to take an oblique course
2 : to look askance

transitive verb

1 : to make, set, or cut on the skew
2 : to distort especially from a true value or symmetrical form



Definition of skew (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : set, placed, or running obliquely : slanting
2 : more developed on one side or in one direction than another : not symmetrical



Definition of skew (Entry 3 of 3)

: a deviation from a straight line : slant

Examples of skew in a Sentence

Verb They were accused of skewing the facts to fit their theory. He accused them of skewing the rules in their favor.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So if the Dow were to include a stock with a super high price, that would heavily skew the index’s daily performance. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 18 July 2022 Buses don’t move any faster than the traffic allows, and heavy congestion can skew the schedules and leave passengers looking longingly down the road, wondering if the bus will ever come. Tom Condon, Hartford Courant, 17 July 2022 But highest participation is often among older, whiter and sometimes more conservative voters, so general election ballots skew demographic realities. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2022 The selections do actually skew heavily to recordings from the 21st century. Chris Willman, Variety, 7 June 2022 Risk from microplastics might skew toward certain groups. NBC News, 11 Apr. 2022 Predictably, the websites of bidet companies skew a lot more gung-ho. Sal Vaglica, WSJ, 9 Mar. 2022 Economists had cautioned against reading too much into Friday’s report — noting that the data was collected in the first weeks of the year, when coronavirus cases reached 800,000 a day, and that quirks in the data might skew the results. Eshe Nelson,, 4 Feb. 2022 Because Republicans have a supermajority and thus all of the control, the final legislation will likely skew more in favor of restrictions than those surveyed. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 12 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Don't let your worries skew what should be fun memories! Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2022 Typically these errors arise from using training data sets that skew white and male. John Mcquaid, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2021 Cities that skew younger tend to have higher birth rates and a growing population. Susie Neilson, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Nov. 2021 Indeed, many such spaces skew older — from middle age onward. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 When the character is far away, that tone is cooled to give the impression of atmosphere between the camera and the character — in the same way that, in real life, mountains in the distance often skew blue or purple. New York Times, 13 July 2022 These disproportionately young, urban, and highly educated engineers and programmers skew to the left as their demographics would suggest, and so the bulk of tech workers are eager to see climate action. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 29 June 2022 Whether their tastes skew toward hulking trucks, sleek imports or American muscle, soldiers at Fort Campbell don’t want for choice. New York Times, 30 June 2022 That's not necessarily a problem, so long as EGS users realize the nature of that skew and keep it in mind when comparing scores on a relative basis. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The jokes may skew juvenile at times, but mostly in a Shrek way more than the worst of Saturday-morning cartoons. Patrick Gomez,, 13 June 2022 The researchers also noted that the cases of COVID-19-associated croup, largely seen in the omicron period, appeared to skew to more severe croup than what's seen in cases caused by other viral infections. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 16 May 2022 Annecy Festival audiences are pretty much YA, though the open air screenings skew much older. John Hopewell, Variety, 14 June 2022 Not all of the topics Dua explores through Service95 skew serious. Jen Wang, Vogue, 10 May 2022 There’s less ability to create an accurate version of oneself in the metaverse than there is on the social media platforms, and where the skew is towards better-looking, idealized avatars. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 This may have something to do with the fact that the brands consult data on rider physiques that span the entire globe, including demographics that skew shorter than the U.S. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 28 Oct. 2020 The third trial, TOGETHER, accounts for 1497, which yields a definite skew towards their results. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Of course, in the US, Motorola's sales skew toward very low-cost phones, which is likely to impact scores. PCMAG, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skew


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1688, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skew


Middle English, to escape, run obliquely, from Anglo-French *eskiuer, eschiver to escape, avoid — more at eschew

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