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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Awry \A*wry"\ ([.a]*r[imac]"), adverb & 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

awry

adverb

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}]

adjective

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)}]


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