- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɪl.tə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɪl.tɚ/
- Rhymes: -ɪltə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: kil‧ter
- (usually in the negative) Alternative form of [from 17th c.]
- not in kilter
- 1890, Charles Erskine, chapter V, in Twenty Years before the Mast: […], Boston, Mass.: Published by the author, OCLC 13815425, page 72:
- [T]hey are either round-shouldered, knock-kneed, bow-legged, or parrot-toed; some are also badly cross-eyed. It seems as if they can see two different ways at the same time. Jack says they are lop-sided and out of kilter altogether.
- 1909, Robert W[illiam] Service, “The Man from Eldorado”, in Ballads of a Cheechako, Toronto, Ont.: William Briggs, OCLC 2068144, part I, stanza 2, page 71:
- [H]e lived on tinned tomatoes, beef embalmed and sourdough bread, / On rusty beans and bacon furred with mould; / His stomach’s out of kilter and his system full of lead, / But it's over, and his poke is full of gold.
- Alternative form of
(good) condition, form, or order
- “kilter” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
- ^ “KELTER, sb.1 and v.1” in Joseph Wright, editor, The English Dialect Dictionary: […], volume III (H–L), London: Published by Henry Frowde, […], publisher to the English Dialect Society, […]; New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902, →OCLC, page 415, column 2
- ^ Compare “kelter, kilter, n.2”, in OED Online , Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1901; “kilter, n.” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.