skew

1 of 3

verb

skewed; skewing; skews

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

skew

2 of 3

adjective

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

skew

3 of 3

noun

: 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
There were baseless claims that people had fabricated votes and that officials had miscounted and skewed the results. David Klepper and Huizhong Wu, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Feb. 2024 Those could skew month-over-month comparisons for some of the labor force data. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 1 Feb. 2024 Many analyses show this is currently causing the world’s population to skew older. Alice Sun, Scientific American, 30 Jan. 2024 Follow your sun sign below to equip you with a bit of magical energy that might skew you specifically in the direction of your personal preferences. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 4 Jan. 2024 For body fat percentage, the Scale X skewed a little higher, but was still within one percent of the Omiron. PCMAG, 26 Jan. 2024 Up The Zone of Interest The Producers Guild has a reputation for skewing commercial, borne out by its love for films like Wonder Woman and Crazy Rich Asians. Vulture, 12 Jan. 2024 The lawsuit, as well as parents and coaches at board meetings, have accused the Del Norte investigation of being skewed in favor of the superintendent. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Very high or very low balances can skew the numbers. Tanza Loudenback, wsj.com, 21 Dec. 2023
Adjective
The aesthetics of most of these mushroom chocolates skew funkadelic and cartoonish, combinations of trippy ‘90s computer art and manic candy branding. Meghan McCarron, Bon Appétit, 24 Jan. 2024 Even if this skew is roughly matched by male swings rightward, the degeneration of our democracy and our discourse into a battle of the sexes can’t be a positive development. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 Certain holidays, however, like Valentine’s Day, skew heavily male. Ruth Umoh, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2023 In one group, for instance, based on 810 surveys, the average age of users was 51 years, with a huge skew male (684 participants) and straight (738), and with 52% either engaged, married, or in domestic partnerships. Christian B. Miller, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 That skew toward older viewers is felt in the 1960s visual references, which allude especially to the Brutalist concrete structures that Ken Adams designed for Bond films like Dr. No (1962) and Goldfinger (1964). Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Oct. 2023 But most were probably newbies, particularly since the demo skew of the Paramount Network audience for 1883 (the vast majority were over the age 50) is about ten to 25 years older than the typical Paramount+ viewer, says a person familiar with the numbers. Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 The policy’s goal is to create a fair advantage for all, as some believe that off-market sales skew data and limit a buyer’s opportunities. Ryan Conner, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 The new sensors should lead to faster polling (more frequent checks for AF and exposure), and reduce rolling shutter distortion/skew for motion. Iyaz Akhtar, PCMAG, 4 Aug. 2023
Noun
Back then, bitcoin's 180-day skew and the 365-day skew peaked above 3.15% and 1%, respectively. Omkar Godbole, Forbes, 3 June 2022 And what about you second point, the negative skew? Gary Stix, Scientific American, 18 Mar. 2023 Was that more of a YA skew? Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Feb. 2023 In 2016, 2018, and 2020, polls consistently underestimated Republican support; PredictIt outperformed them in a number of big elections in large part by correcting for that skew. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, 14 Nov. 2022 For the three months ended July 2, Disney+ domestic ARPU (U.S. and Canada) was $6.27 per month, a 5% decline from the year earlier, likely the result of a skew toward the Disney Bundle and inclusion of Disney+ (and ESPN+) in the Hulu + Live TV package. Todd Spangler, Variety, 11 Aug. 2022 Cases like Susan Collins, who held on in Maine, a Democratic state, are exceptions; the underlying right-wing skew of the Senate is the main reason the GOP will probably retain control despite a substantial Democratic victory in the presidential popular vote. Arkansas Online, 7 Nov. 2020 The price relationship, known as put-to-call skew, is hovering at the highest level since August 2022, when a two-month rally in the 503-member index abruptly reversed. Jessica Menton, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2023 The sub-10 price/earnings ratio on the FTSE was a result of the skew of the market toward energy and mining companies, which have low valuations everywhere, not just in the U.K. James MacKintosh, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Adjective

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skew was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Skew.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skew. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

skew

verb
ˈskyü
1
: to take a slanting course : move or turn aside : swerve
2
: to distort from a true value or symmetrical form
skewed the facts to fit their theory

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