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Awry \A*wry"\ ([.a]*r[imac]"), adv. & a. [Pref. a- + wry.]

  1. Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction, or position; out of the right course; distorted; obliquely; asquint; with oblique vision; as, to glance awry. ``Your crown's awry.''

    Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry. Into the devious air.

  2. Aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely.

    Or by her charms Draws him awry, enslaved.

    Nothing more awry from the law of God and nature than that a woman should give laws to men.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 Turned or twisted toward one side; crooked, distorted, out of place. 2 Wrong or distorted; perverse, amiss. adv. 1 obliquely, crookedly; askew. 2 Perversely, improperly.

  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: askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff]

  2. not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine" [syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)]

  3. adv. away from the correct or expected course; "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations" [syn: amiss]

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

Usage examples of "awry".

But somehow the implant wiring went awry: the chroma networks failed to connect properly, and there was a loss of color reception in the occipital lobe, with the result that the young aspirant could see, paint, and think only in black and white.

Nature, grown tired of floral beauty, had, in a sudden malevolent mood, purposely torn and blurred the fair green frondage and twisted every bud awry!

From a half-wit, such constant giggling and laughing could be expected, but Keak was certainly in possession of all normal faculties - except that they were awry.

Yet Killeen felt nothing awry, but the crosshatched navvy was odd enough to warrant remembering.

Guardian had either Summoned the demon to banish him forever, or something had gone badly awry.

Having been borne along with his bodyguards and a large proportion of his staff officers on the crest of an intemperate, unordered charge of the Scotsfrantic, lest the already committed galloglaiches kill all the invaders and thus reap all the glory before honest Scots got to swing their own steel in the meleeBass had taken out his anger, frustration, and fear that the battle might go awry without his guidance on the enemy, fighting aggressively, ferociously, rather than merely defensively as was his usual wont in personal combat.

Nevertheless, a wayward glimpse brought unexpected grief, not for the Uncle I knew but the one that I had been cheated of by a boyhood prank gone awry, and all the mistruths and misdeeds it had begat.

Surnames survived in Eastthorpe with singular pertinacity, for it was remote from the world, but what was the relationship between the scores of Thaxtons, for example, whose deaths were inscribed on the tombstones, some of them all awry and weather-worn, and the Thaxtons of 1840, no living Thaxton could tell, every spiritual trace of them having disappeared more utterly than their bones.

The other was fusty and scurfy, feathers awry, and yet of the two, this one appeared the stronger and more vital.

The upper part of the body, limp, backboneless, and awry, half propped up against the wall, half falling back upon the outstretched arms, told quite plainly its weird tale of death.

It was as though a great hand plucked the chiclero off his feet and he was flung away and fell with all limbs awry.

The Lotus Jewel was still thinking of the poor Igbo girl and did not at first notice anything awry.

I also had Fesgao send some of his people out to keep an eye on you, in case things went awry.

We were the embodiment of a fiery Sapphic romance gone awry under the merciless strictures of Victorian society.

It was no particular problem to bend twiglets awry, tie them securely into their new position with knotted thongs from our trappings.