\ 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 The report’s release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to skew the conclusions to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China., 29 Mar. 2021 The report’s release had been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether Beijing was trying to skew the conclusions in order to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2021 The report’s release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to skew the conclusions to prevent blame for the pandemic falling on China. Fox News, 29 Mar. 2021 Suggesting otherwise helps skew the reality of what women actually look like in the world and enforces damaging, incorrect expectations. Ariana Romero,, 26 Mar. 2021 Bryar explained that an executive using a slide deck to present a business idea like a new product initiative can skew the decision making process in several ways. Roger Dooley, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Electronic accounts had been accessed without authorization to artificially skew the results in favor of one person: a high school student at J.M. Tate High School near Pensacola, FL. Sarah Midkiff,, 17 Mar. 2021 And push for the average age of an Olympic caliber athlete to skew a little bit older. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Mar. 2021 House Republicans have resisted a proposal by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, to form an independent, bipartisan commission, arguing that her blueprint would skew the panel toward Democrats. New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mobile customers, for example, tend to skew younger and more price-sensitive. Chemi Katz, Forbes, 5 May 2021 But while the military is one of the country’s most diverse institutions — some 43% of those on active duty are people of color — Defense Department officials acknowledge that the views of its white service members skew conservative., 10 Apr. 2021 Diminished capacity means restricted access to tickets, curbing the spontaneity of attending a ballgame, and the crowds at games seem to generally skew older. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 13 May 2021 Additionally, there is an inherent inconsistency in Republican arguments about unemployment benefits causing a worker shortage, which is that the April job increases skew towards lower-paying sectors. Shahar Ziv, Forbes, 11 May 2021 The rental platform uses listings on its website to compile rent data and says those listings skew toward units in larger multifamily buildings. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 May 2021 Apartment List combines Census median rent reports with data on listings that have been rented multiple times to weed out brand-new units that can skew numbers higher. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2021 Republicans believe the bill is worded to skew elections to Democrats and say the measure would increase voter fraud, reduce election security, and politicize the election process to favor Democrats. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, 25 Mar. 2021 Apple doesn’t oversature or skew into fantasyland auto smoothing your skin, as some other smartphones tend to do. Michael Andronico, CNN Underscored, 31 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This comes from a skew in the funding formulas coupled with the huge size of the bailout given — which was not necessary, given the better-than-expected fiscal condition of states this year . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 With a workforce around the country of 6,000, Byrne says more than 2,500 of the employees live in the Cincinnati region and skew toward a younger demographic interested in soccer. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Not surprisingly, this leads to a skew in news coverage and stories. Lauren Leader, NBC News, 3 May 2021 But despite the intense negative skew in the media (as demonstrated by research cited in my previous article), the general economic outlook is quite positive. George Calhoun, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Eleni is 28 and her followers skew even younger than her fellow millennials. Jack Flemming, Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021 Overall, however, there was little partisan skew in how Americans expect to respond to the verdict. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2021 But this skew could indicate that vaccines delivered directly to the airway, such as nasal sprays, might eventually be a better option for sharing immunity through breast milk. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2021 Eleni is 28 and her followers skew even younger than her fellow millennials. Jack Flemming, Star Tribune, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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10 Jun 2021

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“Skew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of skew

: to change (something) so that it is not true or accurate
: to make (something) favor a particular group of people in a way that is unfair

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