mid-15c., "turned the wrong way," from Old Norse afugr "turned backwards, wrong, contrary," from Proto-Germanic *afug-, from PIE *apu-ko-, from root *apo- "off, away" (see apo-). Obsolete since 17c.

Nearby words

  1. awhato,
  2. awheel,
  3. awhile,
  4. awhirl,
  5. awing,
  6. awkward,
  7. awkward age,
  8. awkwardly,
  9. awkwardness,
  10. awl

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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