[uh-slant, uh-slahnt]


at a slant; slantingly; obliquely.


slanting or on a slant; oblique.


slantingly across; athwart.

Origin of aslant

1250–1300; Middle English on slont, on slent on slope, at a slant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of aslant

Historical Examples of aslant

  • He withdrew it from his hatband, where he always wore it aslant like a feather.

  • They eyed him aslant as they worked, for visitors were rare occurrences.

  • Aslant the face, with gratuitous blasphemy, the crown of thorns was tilted.

  • The sun's rays, while striking us aslant, furnished tranquil warmth.

    The Smoky God

    Willis George Emerson

  • The walls themselves were aslant under a dizzy careening to starboard.

    The Portal of Dreams

    Charles Neville Buck

British Dictionary definitions for aslant



at a slant


at a slant across or athwart
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Word Origin and History for aslant

early 14c., o-slant, literally "on slant," from on + slant (v.). As a preposition from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper