\ ˈskyü \
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


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

Their frozen lineup skews more to modern tastes with dulce de leche, sea salt caramel, and peppermint bark. Lauren Delgado,, "Take a break from steamy summer with cool, creamy gelato," 12 July 2018 This treehouse designed by Antony Gibbon skews simple and modern, with an angular frame and classic cedar siding. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Modern treehouse on stilts is the ultimate nature getaway," 27 June 2018 The rest of the drink skews fruity and herbal, thanks to pineapple juice and yellow Chartreuse, a French liqueur that adds a highbrow and slightly medicinal whiff to any cocktail. Marian Bull, GQ, "—Peter Meehan, Author Of An Upcoming Barbecue Book And Former Editor Of," 27 June 2018 Second Measure: Measured ride-share spending across credit and debit card users who made at least one ride-hailing transaction, so user base skews more urban and affluent than the overall population. Rani Molla, Recode, "Americans seem to like ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. But it’s hard to say exactly how many use them.," 24 June 2018 The election campaign was heavily skewed in his favor, with opposition candidates struggling to get their speeches aired on television. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Turkey President Erdogan holds big lead in elections," 24 June 2018 The gallery skews old – the players are 50 and older, most of them unfamiliar to kids who follow Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler – but children are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult and there’s something for everyone. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Golf and Shaq mix just fine at PGA Tour Champions event in Madison," 22 June 2018 But the recent wave of shackets skews a bit dressier, more streamlined, meriting a slot in your summer wardrobe. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "When It’s Super-Hot, This is Your Workwear Solution," 21 June 2018 In Los Angeles, the main barrier is an antiquated zoning code that is heavily skewed towards single-family homes. The Economist, "Faced with a housing crisis, California could further restrict supply," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Yet even with that as a given, most workers tend to have their highest earnings late in their careers, so missing out on those years due to an earlier disability skews earnings enough to result in lower benefits. Dan Caplinger, USA TODAY, "What does average American get from Social Security? Depends on the benefit," 29 May 2018 Belgium matched the natural skew in the French side, Jan Vertonghen staying deep at left back to combat the extreme pace of Kylian Mbappe, while Chadli, up against the much more defensive Blaise Matuidi, was able to get forward. Jonathan Wilson,, "Trophy Window Suddenly Shrinks for Belgium's Golden Generation," 10 July 2018 In the options market, a measure known as skew tracks the cost of bearish options versus bullish ones. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Investors Seek Protection From Market’s Biggest Winners," 2 July 2018 This skew reaffirms the trend captured by a Pew survey earlier this month, which found that women, especially young women, were overwhelmingly likely to go blue this fall. Li Zhou, Vox, "The midterm elections are shaping up to have a giant gender gap," 2 July 2018 Primus and Mastodon are both bands that come from the world of heavy metal but resist categorization: The former blends it with prog rock and funk; the latter skews toward thrash and hard core. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 2018 In recent years, political scientists, lawyers, and mathematicians have sought to create mathematical tests that would allow a political map to be measured for partisan skew. Jonathan Lai,, "How the U.S. Supreme Court's partisan gerrymandering non-decisions affect Pa.," 18 June 2018 Smith, who at 39 skews young for a Crusher fan, doesn't want the icon to be forgotten. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: How 'bout dat, a statue of The Crusher in the wrestler's beloved South Milwaukee," 2 Feb. 2018 The Howard Hawks classic skews toward romantic comedy, with a newspaper editor (Cary Grant) using any and all means to keep his ex-wife and star reporter (Rosalind Russell) from remarrying. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "The 10 best journalism movies (including Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'), ranked," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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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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