(noun, adjective, verb)


1. slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled

- the oblique rays of the winter sun

- acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles

- the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base

Similar word(s): convergent, divergent, diverging, inclined, bias, catacorner, catercorner, crabwise, sideways, diagonal, nonparallel

2. not straightforward or honest; misleading.

- gave oblique answers to direct questions

- oblique political maneuvers

Similar word(s): indirect, devious


1. any grammatical case other than the nominative

Definition categories: communication, case

2. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso

Definition categories: body, abdominal


1. (intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.

2. (military) To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; — formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.

3. (transitive, computing) To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.