What does awry mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    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, amissadverb

    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-whiffadverb

    turned or twisted to one side

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


  1. awryadverb

    Obliquely, crookedly; askew.

  2. awryadverb

    Perversely, improperly.

  3. awryadjective

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

    The frame was awry.

  4. awryadjective

    Wrong or distorted; perverse, amiss.

    There is something awry with this story.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Awryadverb

    Etymology: from a and wry.

    But her sad eyes still fast’ned on the ground,
    Are governed with goodly modesty;
    That suffers not one look to glance awry,
    Which may let in a little thought unsound. Edmund Spenser, Epithal.

    Like perspectives which rightly gaz’d upon,
    Shew nothing but confusion; ey’d awry,
    Distinguish form. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    When lo!
    A violent cross wind, from either coast,
    Blows them transverse; ten thousand leagues awry
    Into the devious air. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    You know the king
    With jealous eyes has look’d awry
    On his son’s actions. John Denham, Sophy.

    I hap to step awry, where I see no path, and can discern but few steps afore me. Edward Brerewood, on Languages.

    Not tyrants fierce that unrepenting die,
    Not Cynthia when her manteau’s pinn’d awry,
    Ere felt such rage. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

    All awry, and which wried it to the most wry course of all, wit abused, rather to feign reason why it should be amiss, than how it should be amended. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Much of the soul they talk, but all awry,
    And in themselves seek virtue, and to themselves
    All glory arrogate, to God give none. Paradise Regained.


  1. Awry

    Awry is a 10" vinyl EP by the American experimental electronic music ensemble Biota, released in 1988 by Bad Alchemy.


  1. awry

    Awry refers to something that does not go according to plan or is amiss, often veering off the intended course or normal arrangement. It can pertain to physical deviation, such as a picture hanging crookedly, or to abstract situations, like a project not proceeding as planned. It is often used to describe something that has gone wrong or has become disoriented.

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. Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of awry in a Sentence

  1. Nikolai Gogol:

    It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

  2. Cassidy Kulhanek:

    I feels like it has less chance of going awry than marching down the street.

  3. Kaley Cuoco:

    To see that be the pinnacle of this season was really cool, we’ve all come such a long way. ‘ THE BIG BANG THEORY ’ FINALE RECAP : SHELDON AND AMY STRUGGLE WITH LONG DISTANCE AND TEMPTATION That was n’t the only behind-the-scenes moment that the cast shared with the Comic Con crowd. According to Entertainment Weekly, Kaley Cuoco and Galecki revealed the circumstances surrounding an on-set injury from a prank gone awry. In an effort to shock the cast and crew during a scene in which the two characters were fighting, Galecki jokingly pretended to punch his co-star in the face. However, the actress' head accidentally caught a chair while she was falling and the end result was stitches in her eye brow. ‘ THE BIG BANG THEORY ’ ACTRESS MAYIM BIALIK RECEIVES ‘ DOOGIE HOWSER ’ ROYALTY CHECK FOR TWO CENTS.

  4. Norm Pattis:

    We’re grateful to six courageous jurors who were able to understand that campus life isn’t the real world, kids experiment with identity and sexuality. When an experiment goes awry, it’s not a crime.

  5. Kimano M. Edwards:

    This human experience has gone awry.

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  • неправилен, погрешен, крив, криво, косо, неправилно, изкривен, накривоBulgarian
  • torcidoSpanish
  • kiero, vinossa, sopimaton, vinoon, sopimattomasti, kieroon, vino, kierossaFinnish
  • de guingois, de traversFrench
  • fonákHungarian
  • ひどいJapanese
  • 틀려서Korean
  • niewłaściwie, ukośnie, krzywo, niewłaściwy, opacznie, krzywyPolish
  • искривлённый, косо, криво, неверно, неверный, неправильно, искажённый, косой, набок, превратно, неправильный, превратный, кривойRussian
  • sned, galet, på tokSwedish
  • хибноUkrainian

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