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From Old Northern French escuer, eskiuer, variants of Old French eschuer, eschiver, eschever, from Frankish *skiuhan (to dread; avoid; shun), from Proto-Germanic *skiuhijaną (to frighten). Compare Saterland Frisian skeeuw (slanting, oblique). More at shy.



skew (not comparable)

  1. (mathematics) Neither perpendicular nor parallel (usually said of two lines).

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skew (third-person singular simple present skews, present participle skewing, simple past and past participle skewed)

  1. (transitive) To bias or distort in a particular direction.
    A disproportionate number of female subjects in the study group skewed the results.
  2. (transitive) To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
  3. (transitive) To throw or hurl obliquely.
  4. (intransitive) To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
    • L'Estrange
      Child, you must walk straight, without skewing.
  5. (intransitive) To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
  6. (intransitive) To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)

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skew (plural skews)

  1. A bias or distortion in a particular direction.
    • 1989, Ivan Andonovic, ‎Deepak Uttamchandani, Principles of Modern Optical Systems (volume 1, page 501)
      One application for which an optical filter can play an important role is that of a wideband connection with low time skew.
  2. (architecture) A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, etc., cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place.


skew (comparative more skew, superlative most skew)

  1. Awry; obliquely; askew.