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[uh-rahy] /əˈraɪ/
adverb, adjective
with a turn or twist to one side; askew:
to glance or look awry.
away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong:
Our plans went awry.
Origin of awry
First recorded in 1325-75, awry is from the Middle English word on wry. See a-1, wry Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She was constrained to watch, to conceal—to be awry, in fact.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • The stove, with its perspective all awry, was tame and precise, and in colour as dingy as mire.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Knowledge boxes all awry, mouths crooked, and noses that have had the upper-cut.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • The miner did not die, but remained all his life with his neck twisted and awry.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • Anna Belle's nose was buried in the grass and her hat was awry.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • His coat is soiled and torn, his cravat is put on awry, and his linen is none of the cleanest.

    City Crimes Greenhorn
  • And you with the pillow all awry, and that bit of a shawl over you!

    Heartsease Charlotte M. Yonge
  • You see, the folks who're alone are the folks who've got no one to go to when things get awry.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for awry


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
with a slant or twist to one side; askew
away from the appropriate or right course; amiss
Word Origin
C14 on wry; see a-², wry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for awry

late 14c., "crooked, askew," from a- (1) "on" + wry (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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