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[kil-ter] /ˈkɪl tər/
good condition; order:
The engine was out of kilter.
Poker. skeet2 .
Origin of kilter
1630-40; variant of dial. kelter < ? Unabridged
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  • Some stand out of kilter as the piles that support them gradually sink into the marshy subsoil.
  • Otherwise the balance between nature and humans goes out of kilter.
  • We spend a lot of time wondering why our lives-and the world-seem so oddly out of kilter.
  • Maybe not, but in all likelihood they will raise awareness about the library and present us in a fun off-kilter unexpected way.
  • To create one or two off-kilter personas and have fun.
  • The press corps in the filing center burst into disbelieving laughter, then groped for words to describe the off-kilter moment.
  • Bankruptcy law is wildly off-kilter in how it treats homeownership.
  • My own pattern of sleep seems to be slightly off-kilter.
  • She might have ended up the deviser of merely fascinating stories, gizmos and thingamajigs that brought off-kilter delight.
  • The degree to which the electrons move out of kilter indicates the number of photons present.
British Dictionary definitions for kilter


working order or alignment (esp in the phrases off kilter, out of kilter)
Word Origin
C17: origin unknown
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kilter

in out of kilter (1620s) variant of English dialectal kelter (c.1600) "good condition, order," of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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out of kilter

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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