Definition of askew adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



adverb, adjective
BrE BrE//əˈskjuː//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈskjuː//
[not before noun]
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not in a straight or level position synonym crooked His glasses had been knocked askew by the blow. Her hat was slightly askew. That picture is askew. He arrived out of breath with his shirt undone and his tie askew. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from a- ‘on’ + skew.
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