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Meaning & Definition of Awry in English

English

Awry

/əraɪ/

adjective

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

2. Not functioning properly

  • "Something is amiss"
  • "Has gone completely haywire"
  • "Something is wrong with the engine"
    synonym:
  • amiss(p)
  • ,
  • awry(p)
  • ,
  • haywire
  • ,
  • wrong(p)

adverb

1. Away from the correct or expected course

  • "Something has gone awry in our plans"
  • "Something went badly amiss in the preparations"
    synonym:
  • awry
  • ,
  • amiss

2. Turned or twisted to one side

  • "Rugs lying askew"
  • "With his necktie twisted awry"
    synonym:
  • askew
  • ,
  • awry
  • ,
  • skew-whiff