I have researched on the word "Athwart", but I'm still unsure how to use it correctly. Can I use it like "Across"?

For example : "I looked at the window athwart the room."?

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    My advice, don't use it. Ever. It's far too obscure. Why use a word hardly anybody knows ? – Mari-Lou A Sep 22 '16 at 20:30
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    When you dress up as Cap'n Ahab for Hallowe'en you can say it. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 22 '16 at 21:07
  • +1 for taking an interest in obscure English words. You made me smile. – Mick Sep 23 '16 at 4:06
  • It's not obscure. It's specialized. Not the same thing at all. – Lambie Sep 23 '16 at 12:05

athwart is a sailing term, most of all.

Athwart, athwartships At right angles to the fore and aft or centerline of a ship. Athwart, athwartships

It's the kind of term you will find in novels by:

You might try the BOOKS of Patrick O'Brian for instance:

Patrick O'Brian (given name: Richard Patrick Russ, 1914 - 2000) was the author of twenty books (and three chapters) detailing the naval and terrestrial exploits of Captain Jack Aubrey and Doctor Stephen Maturin, in a period from 1801 to 1815.


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