Definition of kilter in English:



in phrase out of kilter
  • Out of harmony or balance.

    ‘daylight saving throws everybody's body clock out of kilter’
    • ‘Her sentence is nonetheless unduly harsh and rather stupidly unimaginative, as well as completely out of kilter with community expectations.’
    • ‘But when the two banks amalgamated, it threw the whole religious balance out of kilter.’
    • ‘The balance of poignant to funny material is now a bit out of kilter and I have to get into the premise of the whole thing a lot more quickly.’
    • ‘‘It seems out of kilter with public opinion, which seems so concerned about future injustice,’ said one prelate.’
    • ‘‘Styles out of kilter with the stately dignified face of Malvern,’ another resident exclaimed.’
    • ‘On both sides of the Atlantic, the balance between our lives and our work is dangerously out of kilter.’
    • ‘House of Lords reform is up for debate next year, council elections need reform, the balance of power is out of kilter, but it's all hotch-potch and hand-to-mouth.’
    • ‘As we've recently seen, the more likely result is that the balance between security and usability gets knocked out of kilter.’
    • ‘The numbers are out of kilter and the balance is wrong.’
    • ‘But it's funny to hear someone saying something so out of kilter with popular opinion and also I think (not so much in this case) quite a necessary thing.’
    awry, off balance, unbalanced, out of order, not in working order, disordered, confused, disorderly, disorganized, muddled, in poor shape
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Early 17th century: of unknown origin.