\ 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 That lag can skew appraisals too low in a fast-moving market, some buyers say. Nicole Friedman, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 The debt-to-GDP ratio isn’t entirely perfect either, Marron pointed out, because changing interest rates can skew the ratio. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 30 Sep. 2021 Unconscious biases can further skew our calorie estimates. Robert J. Davis, Time, 24 Sep. 2021 New privacy measures employed by the Census Bureau this year can skew the numbers slightly, but overall trends remain accurate. Ramsey Archibald |, al, 24 Sep. 2021 So Twitter trends and online discourse can skew the narrative in a way that doesn't represent the mainstream. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 13 June 2021 Like many Bay Area regions, there are micro-neighborhoods that complicate the picture and can skew numbers upward — for instance, the homes surrounding the Lake Tahoe waterfront come at a huge premium. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2021 The Tokyo International Film Festival’s competition section will skew heavily towards Asian titles, festival organizers said on Tuesday. Mark Schilling, Variety, 28 Sep. 2021 So tart wines will taste fruitier when paired with tomatoes, while richer wines will skew toward the flabby side. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The offerings tend to skew local, except in major cities like Rome and Milan, and the prices are generally very competitive compared to the U.S. market. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 In the cats-versus-dogs debate, pop culture tends to skew in one direction. Sarah Archer, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 Gaming audiences also skew young, and young gamers will likely continue to be a huge percentage of the entertainment market for many decades to come. Lee Trink, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 Advocates like Foote want to up the pressure on California cities that have fallen short of new housing goals for decades, and instead skew toward building new high-income housing or tying up controversial projects in long review processes. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 July 2021 On an even more basic level, under-the-table boosting could skew data on national vaccination rates, making public-health authorities think more people have gotten their first or second shots than is actually the case. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2021 Most of the 182 rooms skew small, albeit with big, factory-style windows. Susan Hack, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 Individuals with breakthrough cases that are hospitalized or die skew older. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 Then there’s a list of infrastructure projects, from major flood control efforts in Lake County to wastewater treatment upgrades in Collinsville, near St. Louis, that skew toward areas represented by Democrats. Ray Long,, 16 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Newsom’s campaign polling found that independent voters, who skew left in California, opposed the recall by 17 points after being presented his position on mandates in contrast with those of his opponents. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Touchdown runs of 73 and 80 yards by Richardson skew the statistics a bit, but the Gators’ 763 rushing yards in two games is their most to open a season in more than 25 years. Edgar Thompson,, 11 Sep. 2021 Out of a dozen songs, or 14 songs on the deluxe edition, just a few skew more toward reflective rue than breezy optimism. Chris Willman, Variety, 19 Aug. 2021 Kluszewski’s 162-game average includes a batting average just under .300 with 26 home runs and 97 runs batted in, but back issues in the latter part of his career skew that. Stefan Krajisnik, The Indianapolis Star, 14 July 2021 More importantly, the markets aren’t listening to all this negative skew. George Calhoun, Forbes, 21 June 2021 The popularity of the post is a reflection of the political skew of Facebook, which consistently sees conservative-leaning sources outperforming mainstream news sites. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 6 June 2021 This comes from a skew in the funding formulas coupled with the huge size of the bailout given — which was not necessary, given the better-than-expected fiscal condition of states this year . . . Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 With a workforce around the country of 6,000, Byrne says more than 2,500 of the employees live in the Cincinnati region and skew toward a younger demographic interested in soccer. Tim Newcomb, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021

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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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“Skew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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