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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Nikolai Gogol:

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

  2. Jeremy Clarkson:

    This was not some jolly jape that went awry. For once, we did nothing wrong.

  3. Cassidy Kulhanek:

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

  4. 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.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    To be, or not to be that is the question Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them To die to sleep No more and by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to,--'t is a consummation Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep To sleep perchance to dream ay, there's the rub For in that sleep of death what dreams may come, When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause there's the respect That makes calamity of so long life For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law's delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscover'd country from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of Thus conscience does make cowards of us all And thus the native hue of resolution Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And enterprises of great pith and moment With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.

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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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