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adverb & adjectivearchaic, literary
In a sloping position.as adjective ‘the steps are aslope and broken’as adverb ‘against the mast he leans aslope’diagonally, at an angle, slantwise, sideways, sidelong, aslant, athwartView synonyms
Late Middle English: origin uncertain; this form appears earlier than slope.
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