[ awf-kil-ter, of‐ ]
/ ˈɔfˈkɪl tər, ˈɒf‐ /


not exactly straight or balanced; askew; uneven: off-kilter paintings on every wall.
not completely well; somewhat ill: still off-kilter two weeks after the flu.
unusual or eccentric; unconventional: short stories with off-kilter endings.

Nearby words

  1. off-hand,
  2. off-hour,
  3. off-island,
  4. off-islander,
  5. off-key,
  6. off-label,
  7. off-licence,
  8. off-license,
  9. off-limits,
  10. off-line

Origin of off-kilter

First recorded in 1925–30; off + kilter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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