Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. To one side; awry: rugs lying askew.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Turned or twisted to one side.
  • adj. Untoward, unfavourable.
  • adv. tilted to one side.
  • adv. with disapproval

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Awry; askance; asquint; oblique or obliquely; -- sometimes indicating scorn, or contempt, or entry.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an oblique position; obliquely; awry; out of the proper position or arrangement; hence, askance; sidelong.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. turned or twisted to one side
  • adj. turned or twisted toward one side

Etymologies

Probably a-2 + skew.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse á ská ("askew, askance"), equivalent to a- +‎ skew. Compare Icelandic á ská ("diagonally"), Danish skrå ("slanting, oblique"), German Schräge ("slope, slant"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Recently, Damien Geradin, professor of Competition Law and Economics at Tilburg University, published a paper titled "What's Wrong With Royalties In High Technology Industries?" to see if something is indeed "askew" with high-tech royalties.

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  • If anyone thought that the manner in which the USPTO Appeal Brief Rules were implemented was, well, a bit "askew", there appears to be evidence that your instincts were correct.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • How did you like it when -- bossing them around about how to set up a building -- she said something was "askew," and, when told not to use "big words," she said it was "not orthogonal"?

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  • This is the kind of askew that I can never get my clothes to look, that sort of sexy, perfect askew.

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  • Alas, my mind was on Los Gigantes, and thus "askew" stuck.

    McCovey Chronicles

  • But in the wake of 9/11, his avant-garde concepts ran askew of local tastes.

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  • Something is very askew if Mick Jones' sensational post-Clash outfit are playing two bands below Crystal Castles on The Other Stage.

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  • His suit jacket was gone, his tie askew, his shirt soaked in sweat.

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  • Studios, Tee brings his opinions and commentary on Social Media askew in this …

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  • Kevin Smith to share his askew view with new talk show

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  • Your speckled stone askew by an iron fence
    from "Electra on Azalea Path," Sylvia Plath

    April 8, 2008