• WordNet 3.6
    • adj awry not functioning properly "something is amiss","has gone completely haywire","something is wrong with the engine"
    • adj awry 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"
    • adv awry away from the correct or expected course "something has gone awry in our plans","something went badly amiss in the preparations"
    • adv awry turned or twisted to one side "rugs lying askew","with his necktie twisted awry"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Awry Aside from the line of truth, or right reason; unreasonable or unreasonably; perverse or perversely. "Or by her charms
      Draws him awry , enslaved."
      "Nothing more awry from the law of God and nature than that a woman should give laws to men."
    • Awry 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 .""Blows them transverse, ten thousand leagues awry .
      Into the devious air."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • awry Turned or twisted toward one side; not in a straight or true direction or position; asquint: as, to glance or look awry; the lady's cap is awry.
    • awry Figuratively, away from the line of truth or right reason; perverse or perversely.
    • awry Of things: To turn out badly or untowardly; go wrong.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Awry a-rī′ twisted to one side: distorted, crooked: wrong: perverse
    • adv Awry unevenly: perversely: erroneously
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Go awry - If things go awry, they go wrong.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + wry,


In literature:

He waved his hands, he muttered to himself, his mouth twitched awry from time to time as he walked.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
The wires, broken and awry, would not be noticed in the darkness.
"The White Invaders" by Raymond King Cummings
But the kettle stood awry and upset as fast as she put it on.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
The teams arrived splashed with mud, the women blue with cold under their scanty cotton-quilt lap robes, their hats set awry by the wind.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The beds were well made, but closets and drawers were rather awry.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Jagged plates hung awry; bent, twisted, and broken.
"Triplanetary" by Edward Elmer Smith
It so happened that the parlor door was partly of glass shaded by a silken curtain the folds of which hung a little awry.
"Short Stories of Various Types" by Various
Some were hanging awry on their stems; others were pulled from their place, cracked and piled into a litter.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
This plan was unexpectedly thrown awry however.
"Fighting in France" by Ross Kay
That young lady had returned a week ago to find everything at Maxfield awry.
"Roger Ingleton, Minor" by Talbot Baines Reed
He rose with a stagger, and then sat down again, while his face went awry, and took out his pipe.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
His clothes hung somewhat loosely on him, and a shawl round his shoulders was awry.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
She hath not trod awry, that doth deny it.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
I warrant you should not see one set of her neckercher peruerted or turned awrie, not a piece of a haire displast.
"The Unfortunate Traveller, or The Life Of Jack Wilton" by Thomas Nash
The crown was on one side, and the buttons of the waistcoat unfastened, if not, indeed, buttoned awry.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
In their midst talked their king in full costume, which I suspect he had put on in a hurry, for his head dress was rather awry.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
No, if I did not see the balances held awry, I had never myself come into the weigh house.
"Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth" by Lucy Aikin
It was now cool, but I did not get on very fast; I held my spoon awry, and soiled my clothes.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Even the rubicund doctor's mouth was twitched awry.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
So is it with the wicked: he is building awry, and he will fall into moral disaster.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett

In poetry:

Mountains mauve and beryl,
Their ragged ends awry,
Piercing through the topaz
Melted in the sky.
"Antidote (Nogales, Sonora, Mexico)" by Norman MacLeod
It may be all my love went wrong—
A scribe’s work writ awry and blurred,
Scrawled after the blind evensong—
Spoilt music with no perfect word.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
For, lo! encircled there, the lovely MAID,
In youth's own bloom and native smiles array'd;
Her hat awry, divested of her gown,
Her creaking stays of leather, stout and brown;...
"The Farmer's Boy - Summer" by Robert Bloomfield
Down in the city the people but noted
One who was silent when things went awry,
Toiled at dull tasks, and was strangely devoted
To small deeds of kindness that others passed by.
"The Knight-Errant" by Virna Sheard
Beauty but deceives the eye;
Flattery leads the ear awry;
Wealth doth but enchant the wit;
Want, the overthrow of it;
While in Wisdom's worthy grace,
Virtue sees the sweetest face.
"Love" by Nicholas Breton
Oh, sing me a merry song!
My heart is sad tonight;
The day has been so drear and long,
The world has gone awry and wrong,
Discouragements around me throng,
And gloom surpassing night.
"A Song" by Hattie Howard

In news:

"It prevents handguns from coming in the police department, someone returning to the lobby of a police department with a gun it prevents our staff from handling those guns with the potential of something going awry," says Schneider.
Dungy noted the thousands of handshakes that have gone by without incident, so when something goes awry it causes a frenzy.
) Three former judges, doing time at a federal prison in Florida, concoct a lucrative mail scam that goes awry.
Yet again, something seems to have gone awry.
Plan B before they start having sex instead of waiting until a young patient's "plan A" goes awry, the.
Hockey player 's goal celebration goes awry.
Texas game plan goes awry in humbling defeat to Missouri.
A wedding day gone awry.
A legal ruling gone awry.
The womanizing funnyman was being interviewed on the CBS lot Wednesday and producers thought his appearance would play better in go-carts, but the idea quickly went awry, is exclusively reporting.
COURTHOUSE — A business Christmas party went awry when it ended with a Blue Bell man accused of having indecent contact with a female co-worker who was unconscious from intoxication .
Genius, and a kickback scheme gone awry.
Rich Miller / Rep Genius, and a kickback scheme gone awry.
Ferman says that plan went awry when Satyavathi Venna (saht-yah-VAH'-thee VEHN'-ah) was killed trying to fight the man off.
Talk about a fantasy gone awry: A dangerous Angelina Jolie  look-alike allegedly forced a cab driver to have sex with A cab driver that picked up a an angela joligh.

In science:

It is worth reiterating that this result would vary somewhat if the Press-Schechter treatment of the halo mass function was badly awry, or if the bestfitting σ8 were underestimated because of a poor choice of the factor relating mass to temperature, βTM .
Measuring Omega_0 using cluster evolution
If the quantum system transitions outside the qubit manifold, the computation will obviously go awry.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
All said and done, there are occasions where the incredibly complex folding process goes awry and the proteins misfold [144], either following their synthesis on the ribosome, or later, resulting in harmful isoforms known as prions [145, 146].
Computers and Liquid State Statistical Mechanics
Historically, timekeeping has been principally perceived as an exercise in remaining faithful to what the sky was doing. Although timekeeping practices may have occasionally gone awry throughout recorded history, there was always willingness to make a correction once the errors became noticeable.
The Colloquium on Decoupling Civil Timekeeping from Earth Rotation
Is this an example of where simple calculations go awry? Yes, if one takes the results too seriously without assessing the precision of what is being done, or without being absolutely sure of what one is comparing the outcome with.
Heliophysics gleaned from seismology