[ uh-skyoo ]
/ əˈskyu /


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

First recorded in 1565–75; a-1 + skew

Related forms

a·skew·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for askew


/ (əˈskjuː) /

adverb, adjective

at an oblique angle; towards one side; awry
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