\ ˈskyü How to pronounce skew (audio) \
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

Verb 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 Uber skews white and male, especially among its tech workers and in its leadership ranks. Melissa Repko, Dallas News, "Uber makes it official: It will set up major hub in downtown Dallas by end of year," 20 Aug. 2019 Janovitz, who performed with Easton at a benefit event in Los Angeles earlier this year, is still in awe of the way Ocasek insinuated his detached presence and skewed point-of-view into the mainstream of American pop., "Ric Ocasek of the Cars outside Syncro Sound Studio in Boston in 1984.," 17 Sep. 2019 While her knit shirt and tan croc stamped handbag skewed autumnal, Gomez couldn’t resist finishing her look with a warm-weather staple. Vogue, "Selena Gomez Just Found the Perfect Transitional Sandal—And They’re Under $100 Dollars," 13 Sep. 2019 But the rate at which sales are growing has slowed to 3.9 percent from 8.4 percent 2016 (Hurricane Harvey skewed August data for 2017 and 2018). R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Mortgage rates have fallen. Will homebuyers respond? Houston waits," 11 Sep. 2019 And women need to take more advantage: Research from LinkedIn shows that men write longer LinkedIn summaries than women, and men skew their professional brands to highlight more senior-level experience. NBC News, "Get over it: Why you can't afford to be shy about self-promotion," 5 Sep. 2019 Lucas Moura looked set to level matters with the final kick of the first 45, yet skewed a rushed effort wide of the near post., "Tottenham 0-1 Newcastle: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Joelinton Gets Off the Mark in England," 25 Aug. 2019 The overall look skews jungalow: think millennial pink dining chairs, blonde wood, and plenty of houseplants. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "My Favorite Airbnb in Mexico City: A Colorful, Tropical Oasis in Condesa," 9 Aug. 2019 But fans and critics have noticed that as Rosalía’s star has risen, the media’s perception of her has grown increasingly skewed. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "Rosalía Fans Are Calling Out Media Outlets for Referring to Her as Latinx," 29 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The skew to privilege at elite universities follows inexorably from these patterns. Daniel Markovits, Time, "American Universities Must Choose: Do they Want to be Equal or Elite?," 12 Sep. 2019 That's why the team volunteered as tribute and gave a few skews a test run. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "We Tried Kim Kardashian's SKIMS Shapewear Line—Here Are Our Thoughts," 10 Sep. 2019 While the William Morris wallpaper and textured chenille sofa skew conservative, the accessories—like an African fertility statue and voluptuous crystal sculpture of the female form—do not. Ingela Ratledge Amundson, WSJ, "12 TV Series Whose Sets Will Intoxicate Design-Minded People," 21 June 2019 FireTV’s global skew, though, may lead Disney to push harder in any negotiations. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Disney’s New Streaming Service Will Be Unavailable on the World’s Most Popular Streaming Devices," 19 Aug. 2019 There are other touches of fun that reflect the youthful skew of this and every other presidential campaign staff: There are a couple of scooters which staff use to speed from one part of the spread-out space to another. Victoria Mcgrane,, "Running a presidential campaign by the books," 19 Aug. 2019 The CEOs of Vision Fund portfolio companies (which skew towards the transportation sector) will reportedly meet in Los Angeles next month. David Meyer, Fortune, "The Word of 2019 Isn’t ‘Plastics’: CEO Daily," 13 Aug. 2019 That's in part because of its telenovela underpinnings and the younger audience skew of the CW network, which isn't a particularly good fit with the award-voter demographic. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Jane the Virgin' closes the book with pitch-perfect finale," 31 July 2019 Hiring by ideological criteria is an imperfect answer to universities’ leftist skew. Steven F. Hayward, WSJ, "A Campus Welcomes Conservatives," 24 June 2019

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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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The first known use of skew was in the 15th century

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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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