- to one side; out of line; in a crooked position; awry: to wear one's hat askew; to hang a picture askew.
- with disapproval, scorn, contempt, etc.; disdainfully: They looked askew at the painting.
- crooked; awry: Your clothes are all askew.
Origin of askew
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Examples from the Web for askew
He pushed it askew; and then, since he did not need it now, discarded it altogether.
Osborne resold this inimitable windfall to Dr Askew for sixty guineas.The Book-Hunter
John Hill Burton
They hung all askew, helplessly pinned, some broadside, some upended.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
Its old logs, disjoined and askew, were all but on the ground.Virginia of Elk Creek Valley
Mary Ellen Chase
At length, most unwillingly, Captain Askew told the men that he should return into the Tower.Washed Ashore
- at an oblique angle; towards one side; awry
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Word Origin and History for askew
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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