to one side; out of line; in a crooked position; awry: to wear one's hat askew; to hang a picture askew.
with disapproval, scorn, contempt, etc.; disdainfully: They looked askew at the painting.
crooked; awry: Your clothes are all askew.

1565–75; a-1 + skew

askewness, noun Unabridged
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askew (əˈskjuː)
adv, —adj
at an oblique angle; towards one side; awry

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Word Origin & History

1570s, probably lit. "on skew" (see skew), perhaps from O.N. form of it, a ska. Earlier askoye is attested in the same sense (early 15c.).
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Example sentences
Her office is velvet, chintz and very mauve; nary a pillow is askew.
If they're taking the time to write about it, then hopefully they will take the
  time to consider how their view is askew.
The dispute arose from an incident in 1997, when an employee straightened a
  mirror knocked askew by a slamming door.
And given the way my life often goes, the tiara would be askew.
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