Origin of askew
Examples from the Web for askew
Captain Askew could scarcely understand the account he heard.Washed Ashore|W.H.G. Kingston
When a child receives more than a wife, the family is askew.T. De Witt Talmage|T. De Witt Talmage
“Well, this knocks my plans all askew,” remarked the commander of the Modoc, when the boys came on deck.Fenn Masterson's Discovery|Allen Chapman
Their hopes ran high, but presently one of the four—Askew by name—sickened and died of fever.The People Of The Mist|H. Rider Haggard
The fact is, Dr. Askew's sale has been considered a sort of era in bibliography.Bibliomania; or Book-Madness|Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1570s, of uncertain etymology; perhaps literally "on skew" (see skew), or from the Old Norse form, a ska. Earlier askoye is attested in the same sense (early 15c.).