Etymology
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askew (adv.)

"in an oblique position," 1570s, of uncertain etymology; perhaps literally "on skew" (see a- (1) "on" + skew), or from the Old Norse form, a ska. Earlier askoye is attested in the same sense (early 15c.). Compare askance.

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Definitions of askew
1
askew (adv.)
turned or twisted to one side;
rugs lying askew
Synonyms: awry / skew-whiff
2
askew (adj.)
turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton;
Synonyms: awry / cockeyed / lopsided / wonky / skew-whiff
From wordnet.princeton.edu