- To skew is to twist something so it is not straight or to distort something so it is biased or unfair.
An example of skew is when you fix a contest so it is biased in favor of your friends.
- to take a slanting or oblique course or direction; swerve or twist
- to squint or glance sideways (at)
Origin of skewMiddle English skewen ; from Norman French eskiuer, altered ; from Old French eschiver: see eschew
- to make slanting or oblique; set at a slant
- to bias, distort, or pervert
- turned aside or to one side; slanting; oblique
- having a part or arrangement that is so turned, as in gearing having the shafts neither parallel nor intersecting
- not symmetrical
- a slant or twist
- a slanting part or movement
verbskewed, skew·ing, skews
- To turn or place at an angle: skew the cutting edge of a plane.
- To give a bias to; distort: The use of a limited sample skewed the findings of the study.
- To take an oblique course or direction.
- To look obliquely or sideways.
- To display a statistical tendency toward: a television program that skews toward teenagers.
- Placed or turned to one side; asymmetric.
- Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
- Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
- a. Mathematics Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.b. Statistics Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
Origin of skewMiddle English skewen, to escape, run sideways, from Old North French eskiuer, of Germanic origin.
(third-person singular simple present skews, present participle skewing, simple past and past participle skewed)
- To change or alter in a particular direction.
- A disproportionate number of female subjects in the study group skewed the results.
- To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
- To throw or hurl obliquely.
- (intransitive) To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
- (intransitive) To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
- (intransitive) To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
(comparative more skew, superlative most skew)
- Awry; obliquely; askew.
From Old French escuer, eskiuer, northern variants of eschuer, eschiver, eschever.
skew - Computer Definition
(1) The misalignment of a document or punch card in the feed tray or hopper that prohibits it from being scanned or read properly.
(2) In facsimile, the difference in rectangularity between the received and transmitted page.
(3) In communications, a change of timing or phases in a transmission signal.