from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. In a position that is turned or twisted toward one side; askew.
- adv. Away from the correct course; amiss. See Synonyms at amiss.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. Obliquely, crookedly; askew.
- adv. Perversely, improperly.
- adj. Turned or twisted toward one side; crooked, distorted, out of place.
- adj. Wrong or distorted; perverse, amiss.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. 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.
- adv. Aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction or position; asquint: as, to glance or look awry; the lady's cap is awry.
- Figuratively, away from the line of truth or right reason; perverse or perversely.
- Of things: To turn out badly or untowardly; go wrong.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. turned or twisted toward one side
- adj. not functioning properly
- adv. away from the correct or expected course
- adv. turned or twisted to one side
She fought tears after finishing her balance beam routine that went awry from the start.
John Grishams first work of nonfiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, is his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.
Where things go a little awry is when it comes to telling the truth.
EnlargeAP file photoJeff George stands as a cautionary tale for quarterbacks gone awry from the top overall draft spot.
Besides, if there was a pin awry in her dress, he did make such a fuss – and, really, such an active, busy young lady couldn't look always as if she came trim out of a band-box.
Tractor's one-off about the word awry touched me in that pace.
In this book, for example, the kids find their Hallowe’en going a bit awry from the start, but the taunting of the class mean girls really kicks the strange happenings into high gear.
Now too much has gone awry, that is out of alignment with our emotional compass.
It's a relationship that has gone awry, that is off to a start that is really not solid.
YOUNGER CLERIMONT: And what know I but the coy dame, who hides her face at the least word awry, and blushes to be gazed on, has in her heart looser fires than my gay mistress.