skewed

adjective \ ˈskyüd \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of skewed

1 : distorted from a true value or symmetrical form
  • problematic polling methods that resulted in skewed data
  • … a series of orange and yellow skewed shapes with mesh squares of different sizes …
  • —Natalie Savino
2 : deviating from what is normal, direct, or accurate
  • The treatment will later attempt to correct the anorexic's skewed [=distorted] perceptions about her body.
  • —Daniel Goleman
  • More broadly, some critics argue our über-emphasis on sports shows a skewed set of priorities.
  • —Kase Wickman et al.
  • This issue of control, and of the price paid for following the sometimes skewed road leading toward self-invention, is among the themes now being grappled with by Mary Harron …
  • The New Yorker
  • Allowing even for my invariably skewed sense of direction, and the dark and sinuous roads that had delivered me to my door the night before, navigating the property is a challenge.
  • —Nancy Novogrod

First Known Use of skewed

1611

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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