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awry - Dictionary definition and meaning for word awry

(adj) turned or twisted toward one side
Synonyms : askew , cockeyed , lopsided , skew-whiff , wonky
Example Sentence
  • a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry
  • his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff

(adj) not functioning properly
Synonyms : amiss , haywire , wrong
Example Sentence
  • something is amiss
  • has gone completely haywire
  • something is wrong with the engine

(adv) away from the correct or expected course
Synonyms : amiss
Example Sentence
  • something has gone awry in our plans
  • something went badly amiss in the preparations

(adv) turned or twisted to one side
Synonyms : askew , skew-whiff
Example Sentence
  • rugs lying askew
  • with his necktie twisted awry

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for awry

awry sounds like "a + vary(variation)" i.e, 'a variation from the expected way or position(turned or twisted to one side)'
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by bookworm

this mnemonic is in hindi....awry sounds like a cutting tool in hindi "aarii"which is bent and somewhat distorted in shape
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by preetisoni2411

AWRY sounds like AREY! in telugu . When do we call someone angrily AREY! .. When he doing something crooked, distorted .. !
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by sasidhar

awry=a + wry(worry).If we done something crooked and distorted we feel worry about the consequences.
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by prithvikalakota

just replace the 3rd letter "R" with "A"..then it will become "away"...
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by graduatestudent

we make a hole on the wal(awl) with an awl which is awry
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by sriharisharma

A(not)-WRY(worry).If v are not worried about a particular thing,then we are away from that particular matter.
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by moorthy_ragha

ARI gold from the HBO series Entourage was very awry (crooked) in his ways
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by pratdhunk

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by ranuclarke

Remember Mechanical labs ? we were supposed to cut weld metal. dunno abt ure class but coz of the awry(aari aari aari harippa) my whole class went completely wrong during cutting of metal
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by friendofafriend

awara aree plans kuthe hi chalalate
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by swap.kamble

awry sounds like "a + wry(worry)" i.e, 'a variation from the expected way or position(turned or twisted to one side)' will cause u to worry..
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by RajeshBorkar

awry: pronounced as aarae.relate it as aadhae(2 and half),which is not a STRAIGHT number.SO it is distorted/crooked
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by deepakranamech

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