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skew

verb \ ˈskyü \
Updated on: 23 May 2018
1 : to take an oblique course
2 : to look askance
1 : to make, set, or cut on the skew
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
1 : set, placed, or running obliquely : slanting
2 : more developed on one side or in one direction than another : not symmetrical

First Known Use of skew

1609

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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skew

noun
: a deviation from a straight line : slant

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First Known Use of skew

1688

in the meaning defined above

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SKEW Defined for English Language Learners

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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