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SAT vocabulary: askew

There’s something unnerving about this. And I hear you can’t go to the top anymore.

What does askew mean? Read below for the definition.

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askew most nearly means

(A) lone
(B) off
(C) afraid
(D) big
(E) able

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Now let’s learn about the word askew.

Part of Speech of askew

askew is an ADVERB or ADJECTIVE.

Pronunciation of askew

Here’s how to pronounce askew:

IPA: /ə.ˈskyu/

Glossary-style: [uh-SKYOO]

Definition of askew

askew means: to one side; crooked. not in the proper position (Ex: Things seem askew after moving to another country.). with disapproval (Ex: to look askew).

Explain more about askew, please

askew is an interesting word. askew can mean not straight or crooked, and by extension, askew also means wrong or awry, as if something’s not quite right. For example, you could say “the plan went askew” or someone has “an askew way of viewing the world”.

Example of askew

Here’s the word askew used in a sentence:

Jenny couldn’t tell exactly what was wrong, but she somehow felt that her life and her world had somehow become askew.

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