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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


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)


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