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askew

[uh-skyoo] /əˈskyu/
adverb
1.
to one side; out of line; in a crooked position; awry:
to wear one's hat askew; to hang a picture askew.
2.
with disapproval, scorn, contempt, etc.; disdainfully:
They looked askew at the painting.
adjective
3.
crooked; awry:
Your clothes are all askew.
Origin of askew
1565-1575
1565-75; a-1 + skew
Related forms
askewness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for askew

askew

/əˈskjuː/
adverb, adjective
1.
at an oblique angle; towards one side; awry
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Word Origin and History for askew
adv.

1570s, of uncertain etymology; perhaps literally "on skew" (see skew), or from the Old Norse form, a ska. Earlier askoye is attested in the same sense (early 15c.).

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