Meaning of kilter in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɪltə/

Translate kilter into Spanish


‘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.’
  • ‘But when the two banks amalgamated, it threw the whole religious balance out of kilter.’
  • ‘The numbers are out of kilter and the balance is wrong.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘On both sides of the Atlantic, the balance between our lives and our work is dangerously out of kilter.’
  • ‘As we've recently seen, the more likely result is that the balance between security and usability gets knocked out of kilter.’
  • ‘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.’
  • ‘‘Styles out of kilter with the stately dignified face of Malvern,’ another resident exclaimed.’
  • ‘Her sentence is nonetheless unduly harsh and rather stupidly unimaginative, as well as completely out of kilter with community expectations.’
  • ‘‘It seems out of kilter with public opinion, which seems so concerned about future injustice,’ said one prelate.’


    out of kilter
    • Out of harmony or balance.

      • ‘daylight saving throws everybody's body clock out of kilter’


Early 17th century of unknown origin.