What does awry mean?

Definitions for awryəˈraɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word awry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff(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"

  2. amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)(adverb)

    not functioning properly

    "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"

  3. awry, amiss(adverb)

    away from the correct or expected course

    "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations"

  4. askew, awry, skew-whiff(adverb)

    turned or twisted to one side

    "rugs lying askew"; "with his necktie twisted awry"


  1. awry(Adverb)

    Obliquely, crookedly; askew.

  2. awry(Adverb)

    Perversely, improperly.

  3. awry(Adjective)

    Turned or twisted toward one side; crooked, distorted, out of place.

    The frame was awry.

  4. awry(Adjective)

    Wrong or distorted; perverse, amiss.

    There is something awry with this story.

  5. Origin: From a (preposition) + wry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Awry

    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

  2. Awry

    aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely

  3. Origin: [Pref. a- + wry.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Awry

    a-rī′, adj. twisted to one side: distorted, crooked: wrong: perverse.—adv. unevenly: perversely: erroneously.—To look awry, to look askance at anything; To walk awry, to go wrong. [Prep. a, on, and Wry.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of awry in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of awry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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Translations for awry

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • неправилен, крив, криво, изкривен, накриво, неправилно, косо, погрешенBulgarian
  • torcidoSpanish
  • kierossa, vino, kieroon, sopimattomasti, kiero, vinoon, sopimaton, vinossaFinnish
  • de travers, de guingoisFrench
  • krzywo, krzywy, ukośnie, niewłaściwie, niewłaściwy, opaczniePolish
  • превратный, косо, искривлённый, набок, искажённый, кривой, неправильный, превратно, косой, неверный, неправильно, неверно, кривоRussian
  • sned, på tok, galetSwedish
  • хибноUkrainian

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