Awry

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The adverb and adjective awry can give difficulty when reading aloud. It is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable, and the first vowel reduced to a schwa, although some pedantic speakers try to make a vowel a little more like that of 'or'. The normal pronunciation, as recorded in both LPD and OED, is 'er-RYE', IPA: /ə ˈraɪ/.

Basically, awry means 'out of position', 'to one side', 'out of true', 'wrong', 'distorted' or 'erroneous'.


Do not confuse awry with akimbo: only arms can be akimbo, that is when the hands are on the hips and the arms are bent at the elbows, which are away from the body.