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awry

[ uh-rahy ]
/ əˈraɪ /
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adverb, adjective

with a turn or twist to one side; askew: to glance or look awry.
away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong: Our plans went awry.

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askew, astray, afield, askance, badly, bent, cockeyed, crooked, curved, slanting, wrong, zigzag, aslant, turned

Nearby words

awoken, awol, awolowo, awolowo, obafemi, awre, awry, aws, awsome, awu, aww, ax

Origin of awry

First recorded in 1325–75, awry is from the Middle English word on wry. See a-1, wry
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awry

/ (əˈraɪ) /

adverb, adjective (postpositive)

with a slant or twist to one side; askew
away from the appropriate or right course; amiss

Word Origin for awry

C14 on wry; see a- ², wry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for awry

awry


adv.

late 14c., "crooked, askew," from a- (1) "on" + wry (adj.).

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