Askew vs Tilt - What's the difference?

askew | tilt |

As an adjective askew

is turned or twisted to one side.

As an adverb askew

is tilted to one side.

As a verb tilt is

to slope or incline (something); to slant or tilt can be to cover with a tilt, or awning.

As a noun tilt is

a slope or inclination (uncountable) or tilt can be a canvas covering for carts, boats, etc.

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  • Turned or twisted to one side.
  • (figuratively) Untoward, unfavourable.
  • Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • tilted to one side.
  • He wore his hat askew
  • with disapproval
  • to look askew





    (wikipedia tilt)

    Etymology 1

    Old English tyltan'' "to be unsteady"; Middle English ''tilte . Cognate with Icelandic . The nominal sense of "a joust" appears around 1510, presumably derived from the barrier which separated the combatants, which suggests connection with . The modern transitive meaning is from 1590, the intransitive use appears 1620.


    (en verb)
  • To slope or incline (something); to slant
  • Tilt the barrel to pour out its contents.
  • (jousting ) To charge (at someone) with a lance
  • * William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet act III, scene I
  • He tilts / With piercing steel at bold Mercutio's breast.
  • * Tennyson
  • But in this tournament can no man tilt .
  • To be at an angle
  • * Grew
  • The trunk of the body is kept from tilting forward by the muscles of the back.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 20 , author=Nathan Rabin , title=TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club citation , page= , passage=“Marge Gets A Job” opens with the foundation of the Simpson house tilting perilously to one side, making the family homestead look like the suburban equivalent of the Leaning Tower Of Pisa. }}
  • To point or thrust a weapon at.
  • (Beaumont and Fletcher)
  • * 1819 , , Otho the Great , Act V, Scene V, verses 52-54
  • I say I quarrell’d with you;
    We did not tilt each other, — that’s a blessing, —
    Good gods! no innocent blood upon my head!
  • To point or thrust (a weapon).
  • * J. Philips
  • Sons against fathers tilt the fatal lance.
  • To forge (something) with a tilt hammer.
  • to tilt steel in order to render it more ductile
  • (poker) To play worse than usual (often as a result of previous bad luck).
  • (photography) To move a camera vertically in a controlled way.
  • Synonyms
    * slope * incline * slant
    Coordinate terms
    * (photography) pan, cant


    (en noun)
  • a slope or inclination (uncountable)
  • a jousting contest (countable)
  • A thrust, as with a lance.
  • (Addison)
  • (photography) the controlled vertical movement of a camera, or a device to achieve this
  • an attempt at something, such as a tilt at public office .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=December 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Man City 2 - 0 Bayern Munich , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=City will now make the Premier League an even bigger priority, while regrouping and planning again for what they hope will be another tilt at the Champions League next season.}}
  • tilt hammer
  • The inclination of part of the body, such as backbone, pelvis, head, etc.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) telt, from (etyl) ). More at (l).


    (en noun)
  • A canvas covering for carts, boats, etc.
  • Any covering overhead; especially, a tent.
  • (Denham)


    (en verb)
  • To cover with a tilt, or awning.
  • Derived terms

    * at full tilt * atilt * on tilt