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

Examples of skewed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country’s economy is heavily skewed, with Saudi Aramco far surpassing other corporations. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 The lack of diversity behind the scenes has often resulted in a skewed representation of Latino characters, perpetuating stereotypes rather than reflecting the rich complexity of their culture and experiences. Clayton Davis, Variety, 2 Aug. 2023 The version of history offered by the Tokyo trial was a little skewed. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 But that became skewed because too few students applied. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2023 Justice Neil Gorsuch’s majority opinion in Kennedy was notable for its skewed description of the case’s facts. Charles McCrary, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 Either way, those observational studies can lead to skewed results. Claire Bugos, Verywell Health, 2 Nov. 2023 The mayor and acting police chief have been outspoken about youths’ responsibility for carjacking, at times to the chagrin of defense attorneys, who say the data is skewed because juveniles are easier to catch than adult offenders. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 But also biographical pieces, female-audience skewed melodramas and U.S. action movies for RAI 2. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skewed was in 1611

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“Skewed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skewed. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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