askance Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
askant; sidelong; asquint; squinty; squint; squint-eyed.
- her eyes with their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen
- sidelong glances
adverb with suspicion or disapproval
- he looked askance at the offer
adverb with a side or oblique glance
- did not quite turn all the way back but looked askance at me with her dark eyes
A*skance", A*skant" adverb
Cf. D. schuin
, sideways, schuiven
to shove, schuinte
slope. Cf. Asquint
- Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion.
They dart away; they wheel askance.
My palfrey eyed them askance.
Both . . . were viewed askance by authority.
A*skance" transitive verb
- To turn aside. Poet.
O, how are they wrapped in with infamies
That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes!
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