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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ There's Jerry, with his collar open and his tie askew.
▪ Eventually some one will emerge from the muck, the rusty mayoral crown askew on a weary head.
▪ His yellow pallor gave him a jaundiced look; his beard was unbrushed, his cap askew.
▪ The tarp rolled askew, one end wrapped around the goal post.
▪ There were soldiers everywhere by now, shabby-looking in peak caps set askew and ill-fitting camouflage.
▪ Tom plopped himself askew in one of the Venetian chairs.
▪ Whoever placed her feet, in their unfashionable lace-up shoes, left one askew, giving her a knock-kneed appearance.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Askew \A*skew"\, adv. & a. [Pref. a- + skew.] Awry; askance; asquint; oblique or obliquely; -- sometimes indicating scorn, or contempt, or entry.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.).


a. 1 turned or twisted to one side. 2 (context figuratively English) untoward, unfavourable. adv. tilt to one side.

  1. adj. turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton; "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff" [syn: awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff]

  2. adv. turned or twisted to one side; "rugs lying askew"; "with his necktie twisted awry" [syn: awry, skew-whiff]


Askew is an English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Usage examples of "askew".

Instead, after a tense conference, he and Sorcor determined that Askew would be a better port for her.

Yes, that was true, but Sorcor had still been opposed, for there was little more to Askew than sand and rocks and clams.

From their anchorage to the docks of Askew was but a few minutes of their diligent rowing.

The askew dimple gave his face an amused look, in spite of the fact that his eyes were black with anger.

But half an hour later when Ida went into the library she found him absorbed in his books as usual, and he only glanced up at her with absent, unseeing eyes, as she stood beside him putting on her gloves, her habit skirt caught up under her elbow, the old felt hat just a little askew on the soft, silky hair.

Here, in a vast old abandoned death house, replete with many strange vaulted chambers connected by dark and crumbling passageways winding convolutedly like so many intestines deep into the bowels of the earth, down ever downward, into small niche-pocked vaults filled with damp worm-eaten caskets, many askew and half-opened crypts of the long dead, urns of dust, and the scattered bones of dogs and man, here, chose Zulkeh to rest and ponder his wealth of artifacts and relics, his scrolls and tablets, his talismans and tomes, the fruit gathered of his many journeys.

She adjusted her hat, an open velveteen circlet clogged with stiff net veiling, which had been spun askew by the collision with her husband.

He heaves his booty, tugs askew his peaked cap and hobbles off mutely.

After five minutes of aggravation they were able to array it smoothly if somewhat askew upon the wall.

His clothing was askew, cravat dangling from a coat pocket, the reason only too easy to surmise.

He was dressed for the office, but his navy suit was wrinkled, his expensive tie askew, his thinning hair unkempt.

He entered the room quietly, a graying shadow of his portrait, his speckled bow tie askew, his mane of white hair tousled.

He managed to include Jase in the sweep of his arm toward the exit, but Jase declined the refuge and drifted there slightly askew from them.

Greater problem: low human-scale ceilings made it very scant clearance for tall atevi such as Banichi even to stand up, once they were standing, and made a room in which four or five atevi were drifting askew a very small-seeming room indeed.

But, in several places, the merlons were askew and at last one of the huge, square stones had fallen completely off its setting, back onto the top of the wall.