akilter

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- +‎ kilter?

Adjective[edit]

akilter (comparative more akilter, superlative most akilter)

  1. crooked, out of alignment, askew
    • 1995, Richard Brautigan, Revenge of the Lawn (page 109)
      All of their gardens had been crushed by winter storms and their corn patches were defeated and all akilter.
  2. (figuratively) twisted, dysfunctional
    • 2002, Iris Murdoch, The Time of the Angels (page 297)
      He knew something was wrong by the smell of the house and the sounds and colours of uneasy light that told him the mood of things was all akilter.