Definitions

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

Etymologies

From a (preposition) + wry. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • - Gary Kamiya, 'Remember Iraq', 30 Sep 2008.

    October 1, 2008

  • "Widespread opposition to and unhappiness with the war (and its expense) has long fueled a broader feeling that the U.S. is "on the wrong track" and needs change of some kind. About 80% of voters were voicing that feeling even before the recent financial collapse began. Much of it came from frustration over a major Vietnam-like military effort that, somehow, once again went terribly awry. Once again, we tried to save a nation by destroying it."
    - Ira Chernus, 'How Forgotten Iraq May Elect the Next President', 30 Sep 2008.

    October 1, 2008

  • Had a boyfriend once who pronounced this AWE-ree instead of uh-RYE. Kind of cute really.

    April 1, 2008

  • Awry and askew - the story of my life.

    June 11, 2007