Etymology
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kilter (n.)

"order, good condition," in out of kilter (1620s), apparently a variant of English dialectal kelter (c. 1600) "good condition, order," a word of unknown origin.

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Definitions of kilter

kilter (n.)
in working order;
in good kilter
out of kilter
Synonyms: kelter
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