Mnemonic – a crooked screw
Word – askew
Meaning – crooked, slanted
Part of Speech – adjective
Synonyms – bent, awry, curved, twisted
Antonyms – straight, upright
1 It was a great day until the heavy downpour when all our plans went sadly askew.
2 After he got the entire house to work at it for an hour, Uncle Podger’s picture was still hanging askew.
3 It was a great house design by Frank and the customers were particularly impressed by the fact that it looked rather askew.
4 There is something about wearing a baseball cap askew that makes it so popular in fashion.
5 He was so drunk after the party that the entire world seemed askew.
6 Even after many hours spent on the job, the picture hung by Uncle Podger was askew.
Under the Lens: Askew and Skew
As a verb skew means to take an oblique course. But as an adjective skew also means slanted; just like askew. So if by chance you don’t pronounce the a of askew, don’t worry, you have still said the same thing.