Definition of kilter in US English:



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

    ‘daylight savings throws everybody's body clock out of kilter’
    • ‘On both sides of the Atlantic, the balance between our lives and our work is dangerously out of kilter.’
    • ‘But when the two banks amalgamated, it threw the whole religious balance out of kilter.’
    • ‘Her sentence is nonetheless unduly harsh and rather stupidly unimaginative, as well as completely out of kilter with community expectations.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we've recently seen, the more likely result is that the balance between security and usability gets knocked 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.’
    • ‘‘Styles out of kilter with the stately dignified face of Malvern,’ another resident exclaimed.’
    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.