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)
- (transitive) To change or alter in a particular direction.
- A disproportionate number of female subjects in the study group skewed the results.
- (transitive) To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
- (transitive) To throw or hurl obliquely.
- (intransitive) To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
- Child, you must walk straight, without skewing.
- (intransitive) To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
- (intransitive) To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
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skew (plural skews)
- (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.