- 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.
- (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.