awry

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English awry, awrie, equivalent to a- +‎ wry.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /əˈɹaɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ
  • (nonstandard) IPA(key): /ˈɔ.ɹi/

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awry (comparative more awry, superlative most awry)

  1. Obliquely, crookedly; askew.
  2. Perversely, improperly.

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Adjective[edit]

awry (comparative more awry, superlative most awry)

  1. Turned or twisted toward one side; crooked, distorted, out of place; wry.
    Synonym: (mostly UK) wonky
    The frame was awry.
  2. (figuratively) Wrong or distorted; perverse, amiss, off course
    There is something awry with this story.
    • 2021 April 29, Jamie Jackson, “Edinson Cavani and Bruno Fernandes help Manchester United hit Roma for six”, in The Guardian[1]:
      It came inside 50 minutes and moments later Cavani should have had a 12th. Pogba and Shaw combined before the left-back’s cross teed up the striker but his radar was awry.

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  • As an adjective, awry is almost always used as a predicate.

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