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kilter

[kil-ter]
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noun
  1. good condition; order: The engine was out of kilter.
  2. Poker. skeet2.
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Origin of kilter

First recorded in 1630–40; variant of dial. kelter < ?
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kilter

kelter

noun
  1. working order or alignment (esp in the phrases off kilter, out of kilter)
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Word Origin

C17: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for kilter

n.

in out of kilter (1620s) variant of English dialectal kelter (c.1600) "good condition, order," of unknown origin.

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Idioms and Phrases with kilter

kilter

see out of kilter.

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