Adjective "askew" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not in a straight or level position.
  1. 'Are the plates for light switches and outlets square or slightly askew?'
  2. 'The posts would be different sizes of papers laid out, slightly askew, all over the table.'
  3. 'In addition, the linear elements sometimes run slightly askew as they move from panel to panel.'
  4. 'Brent turned to me, rolling his eyes, his tri-corner hat slightly askew.'
  5. 'Objects that would normally hug the wall were positioned askew.'
  6. 'Marin's glasses were slightly askew as he marked something in red pen on the paper in front of him.'
  7. 'The odd crooked stitch or slightly askew angel wing just shows that it is homemade and adds to the charm.'
  8. 'He still wore his suit, his tie only slightly askew.'
  9. 'My bangs were slightly askew, and I played around with them for a few moments before walking in.'
  10. 'There are the waiters, many of whom are Luger transplants, who rush through the crowd wearing long aprons and slightly askew snap-on bow ties.'
  11. 'the plan went sadly askew'
  12. 'This is a decent article I think, but I also think this guy's view is slightly askew.'
  13. 'A few of the facts are slightly askew but the enthusiasm of the article is interesting.'
  14. 'Don't punish the press just because the publishers' plans have gone askew.'


1. to one side; out of line; in a crooked position; awry: to wear one's hat askew; to hang a picture askew.

2. with disapproval, scorn, contempt, etc.; disdainfully: They looked askew at the painting. adjective

3. crooked; awry: Your clothes are all askew.

More examples(as adjective)

"ties can be askew."

"wigs can be askew."

"stresses can be askew."

"spreads can be askew."

"people can be askew."

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Mid 16th century: from a- ‘on’ + skew.