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[uh-rahy] /əˈraɪ/
adverb, adjective
with a turn or twist to one side; askew:
to glance or look awry.
away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong:
Our plans went awry.
Origin of awry
1325-75; Middle English on wry. See a-1, wry Unabridged
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  • This happens when Judy's elaborate plans for the best summer ever go awry, as they often do for the third-grader.
  • Ironically, his experiment goes awry and the pile of goop starts terrorizing downtown Oslo instead.
  • If he breaks out of that, then it'll be a sign that something is badly awry in the world.
  • Consider this twist an interesting experiment gone slightly awry, and move on.
  • Just looking for a little support in a world gone awry.
  • Researchers are only beginning to get a sense of the range of things that can go awry in cloning.
  • At least one leukaemia is known to be caused by bone marrow stem cells gone awry.
  • But something is awry in the land of mass luxury.
  • Conventional wisdom always had it that ageing was a function of normal maintenance mechanisms going awry as you got older.
  • At first, it didn't appear that anything went awry.
British Dictionary definitions for awry


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
with a slant or twist to one side; askew
away from the appropriate or right course; amiss
Word Origin
C14 on wry; see a-², wry
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Word Origin and History for awry

late 14c., "crooked, askew," from a- (1) "on" + wry (adj.).

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