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off-kilter

[ awf-kil-ter, of ]

adjective

  1. not exactly straight or balanced; askew; uneven:

    off-kilter paintings on every wall.

  2. not completely well; somewhat ill:

    still off-kilter two weeks after the flu.

  3. unusual or eccentric; unconventional:

    short stories with off-kilter endings.



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Word History and Origins

Origin of off-kilter1

First recorded in 1925–30; off ( def ) + kilter ( def )

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Example Sentences

Does it give you any anxiety to be so convincing at playing a character so off-kilter?

After all, just about any off-kilter statement can be taken seriously if it comes from a member of Congress.

Still shackled, with his trousers in shreds and radiating off-kilter aggression, Phoenix immediately begins wilding out.

One nice, anti-surreal detail from Sala: Thanks to skewed gears in its innards, his off-kilter clock tells perfect time.

It's meant to feel rough and off-kilter, because he's starting over, abandoning form.

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