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skew

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verb \ˈskyü\

Definition of skew

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to take an oblique course

  3. 2 :  to look askance

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make, set, or cut on the skew

  6. 2 :  to distort especially from a true value or symmetrical form skewed data

Examples of skew in a Sentence

  1. They were accused of skewing the facts to fit their theory.

  2. He accused them of skewing the rules in their favor.

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Origin and Etymology of skew

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


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skew

adjective

Definition of skew

  1. 1 :  set, placed, or running obliquely :  slanting

  2. 2 :  more developed on one side or in one direction than another :  not symmetrical

First Known Use of skew

1609


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skew

noun

Definition of skew

  1. :  a deviation from a straight line :  slant

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First Known Use of skew

1688


SKEW Defined for English Language Learners

skew

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verb

Definition of skew for English Language Learners

  • : 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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