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1. turned or twisted toward one side;
- Example: "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton
- Example: "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff"
[syn: askew, awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff]

2. not functioning properly;
- Example: "something is amiss"
- Example: "has gone completely haywire"
- Example: "something is wrong with the engine"
[syn: amiss(p), awry(p), haywire, wrong(p)]


1. away from the correct or expected course;
- Example: "something has gone awry in our plans"
- Example: "something went badly amiss in the preparations"
[syn: awry, amiss]

2. turned or twisted to one side;
- Example: "rugs lying askew"
- Example: "with his necktie twisted awry"
[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. [1913 Webster] Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry. Into the devious air. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely. [1913 Webster] Or by her charms Draws him awry, enslaved. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Nothing more awry from the law of God and nature than that a woman should give laws to men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
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