askew

[uh-skyoo]
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adverb
  1. to one side; out of line; in a crooked position; awry: to wear one's hat askew; to hang a picture askew.
  2. with disapproval, scorn, contempt, etc.; disdainfully: They looked askew at the painting.
adjective
  1. crooked; awry: Your clothes are all askew.

Origin of askew

First recorded in 1565–75; a-1 + skew
Related formsa·skew·ness, noun
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askew

adverb, adjective
  1. at an oblique angle; towards one side; awry
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Word Origin and History for askew
adv.

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.).

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