[syn: askew, awry, skew-whiff]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Awry \A*wry"\ ([.a]*r[imac]"), adv. & a. [Pref. a- + wry.]
1. 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. "Your crown's awry." --Shak.
Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry.
Into the devious air. --Milton.
2. Aside from the line of truth, or right reason;
unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely.
Or by her charms
Draws him awry, enslaved. --Milton.
Nothing more awry from the law of God and nature
than that a woman should give laws to men. --Milton.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: away from the correct or expected course; "something has
gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in
the preparations" [syn: awry, amiss]
2: turned or twisted to one side; "rugs lying askew"; "with his
necktie twisted awry" [syn: askew, awry, skew-whiff]
adj 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" [syn: 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"
[syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
108 Moby Thesaurus words for "awry":
aberrant, abroad, adrift, afield, agee, agee-jawed, all abroad,
all off, all wrong, amiss, aside, askance, askant, askew, askewgee,
aslant, asquint, astray, at fault, badly, beside the mark, cam,
catawampous, catawamptious, cock-a-hoop, cockeyed, convulsed,
corrupt, crooked, crookedly, deceptive, defective, delusive,
deranged, deviant, deviational, deviative, disarranged,
discomfited, discomposed, disconcerted, dislocated, disordered,
disorderly, disorganized, distorted, disturbed, errant, erring,
erroneous, erroneously, fallacious, false, faultful, faultily,
faulty, flawed, haywire, heretical, heterodox, illogical, illusory,
in disorder, misplaced, not right, not true, obliquely, off,
off the track, on the fritz, out, out of gear, out of joint,
out of kelter, out of kilter, out of order, out of place,
out of tune, out of whack, peccant, perturbed, perverse, perverted,
roily, self-contradictory, shuffled, skew, skew-jawed, skewed,
slantways, slaunchways, squinting, straying, turbid, turbulent,
unfactual, unfavorably, unorthodox, unproved, unsettled, untrue,
untruly, upset, wamper-jawed, wide, wrong, wry, yaw-ways