awry


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a·wry

 (ə-rī′)
adv.
1. Away from the correct course; amiss: The last minute changes caused our plans to go awry.
2. In a position that is turned or twisted toward one side; askew.

[Middle English : a-, on; see a-1 + wrien, to turn, be crooked; see wry.]

a·wry′ adj.

awry

(əˈraɪ)
adv, adj (postpositive)
1. with a slant or twist to one side; askew
2. away from the appropriate or right course; amiss
[C14 on wry; see a-2, wry]

a•wry

(əˈraɪ)

adv., adj.
1. with a turn or twist to one side; askew.
2. away from the expected or proper direction; amiss; wrong: Our plans went awry.
[1325–75; Middle English on wry. See a-1, wry]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.awry - turned or twisted toward one sideawry - 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"
crooked - having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned; "crooked country roads"; "crooked teeth"
2.awry - not functioning properlyawry - not functioning properly; "something is amiss"; "has gone completely haywire"; "something is wrong with the engine"
malfunctioning, nonfunctional - not performing or able to perform its regular function; "a malfunctioning valve"
Adv.1.awry - away from the correct or expected courseawry - away from the correct or expected course; "something has gone awry in our plans"; "something went badly amiss in the preparations"
2.awry - turned or twisted to one sideawry - turned or twisted to one side; "rugs lying askew"; "with his necktie twisted awry"

awry

adverb & adjective
1. wrong, amiss a plan that had gone awry
2. askew, to one side, off course, out of line, obliquely, unevenly, off-centre, cockeyed (informal), out of true, crookedly, skew-whiff (informal) He was concerned that his hair might go awry.
adjective

awry

adverb
Not in the right way or on the proper course:
adjective
Not in accordance with what is usual or expected:
Translations
kierokieroonkierossasopimatonsopimattomasti
de guingoisde travers

awry

[əˈraɪ] ADV to be awryestar de través, estar al sesgo, estar mal puesto
to go awrysalir mal, fracasar
with his hat on awrycon el sombrero torcido or ladeado

awry

[əˈraɪ]
adj (= crooked) → de travers (= dishevelled) → désordonné
His clothes were awry → Sa mise était désordonnée.
adv
to go awry [plan] → mal tourner

awry

adj pred (= askew)schief
adv the picture/hat is awrydas Bild hängt/der Hut sitzt schief; to go awry (plans etc)schiefgehen

awry

[əˈraɪ]
1. advdi traverso
2. adjstorto/a
to go awry → andare a monte
References in classic literature ?
They are all standing awry, so much awry that the chalets and cottages of the peasants seem to be tumbling down.
Not of alcoholics nor for alcoholics do I write, but for our youths, for those who possess no more than the adventure-stings and the genial predispositions, the social man-impulses, which are twisted all awry by our barbarian civilisation which feeds them poison on all the corners.
At this very moment everything is standing awry to my eyes, for a man needs only to work late overnight in his writing of something or other for, in the morning, his eyes to be red, and the tears to be gushing from them in a way that makes him ashamed to be seen before strangers.
Marilla knew Anne too well to fear this; but she felt that something in the universal scheme of things had gone sadly awry.
The raggedest nightcap, awry on the wretchedest head, had this crooked significance in it: "I know how hard it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to support life in myself; but do you know how easy it has grown for me, the wearer of this, to destroy life in you?
Nathless now and again some luckless fellow would shoot awry and would be sent winding from a long arm blow from the tall lieutenant while the glade roared with laughter.
Solid to the touch--for I put out my hand and felt the rail of it--and with brown spots and smears upon the ivory, and bits of grass and moss upon the lower parts, and one rail bent awry.
Early one evening, struggling with a sonnet that twisted all awry the beauty and thought that trailed in glow and vapor through his brain, Martin was called to the telephone.
But the indefinable weight the dead rabbits had left on her mind caused her to feel more than usual pity for the career of this weak young man, particularly when she looked at the picture where he leaned against a tree with a flaccid appearance, his knee-breeches unbuttoned and his wig awry, while the swine apparently of some foreign breed, seemed to insult him by their good spirits over their feast of husks.
One was a map of the Pyncheon territory at the eastward, not engraved, but the handiwork of some skilful old draughtsman, and grotesquely illuminated with pictures of Indians and wild beasts, among which was seen a lion; the natural history of the region being as little known as its geography, which was put down most fantastically awry.
The whole tribe of decorous personages, who had never heretofore been seen with a single hair of their heads awry, would start into public view with the disorder of a nightmare in their aspects.
The floor, the ceiling, and the side, are all awry.