V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. askew, crooked, or twisted; 2. away from the expected course

Synonyms: crooked, askew, amiss, wrong, uneven, twisted, turned, off-center, off-course

Antonyms: straight, right, symmetrical

Tips: Awry is often used with "to go," as in: "something has gone awry," meaning "something has gone off the expected course or plan."

Usage Examples:

Because there are so many elements involved, even the most well-planned wedding usually has some small detail that goes awry. (wrong, amiss)

Before the event, the caterer looked quite composed; afterward, her apron was covered in flour and her hat was noticeably awry. (crooked)

Something has gone awry with the electricity in our house; we can't get any of the lights to work. (amiss, wrong)

With all of our careful planning, nothing should go awry on this project. (wrong, off-course)

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