askew

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse á ská (askew, askance), equivalent to a- +‎ skew. Compare Icelandic á ská (diagonally), Danish skrå (slanting, oblique), German Schräge (slope, slant).

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  • enPR: ə-skyo͞oʹ, IPA(key): /əˈskju/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈskjuː/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uː

Adjective[edit]

askew

  1. Turned or twisted to one side.
    • 1862, John Williamson Palmer, Stonewall Jackson's Way :
      Here Shenandoah brawls along, there burly Blue Ridge echoes strong, to swell the Brigade's rousing song, of "Stonewall Jackson’s Way."
      We see him now — the old slouched hat cocked o'er his eye askew, the shrewd, dry smile, the speech so pat, so calm, so blunt, so true.
  2. (figuratively) Untoward, unfavourable.

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askew (comparative more askew, superlative most askew)

  1. Tilted to one side.
    He wore his hat askew

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