askance


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Related to askance: eventually, painstakingly, look askance

a·skance

 (ə-skăns′) also a·skant (ə-skănt′)
adv.
1. With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust: "The area is so dirty that merchants report the tourists are looking askance" (Chris Black).
2. With a sideways glance; obliquely.

[Origin unknown.]

askance

(əˈskæns) or

askant

adv
1. with an oblique glance
2. with doubt or mistrust
[C16: of unknown origin]

a•skance

(əˈskæns)

also a•skant

(əˈskænt)

adv.
1. with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.
2. with suspicion or disapproval; skeptically.
[1520–30; earlier a scanche, a sca(u)nce; of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.askance - (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envyaskance - (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy; "her eyes with their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen; "sidelong glances"
indirect - not direct in spatial dimension; not leading by a straight line or course to a destination; "sometimes taking an indirect path saves time"; "you must take an indirect course in sailing"
Adv.1.askance - with suspicion or disapprovalaskance - with suspicion or disapproval; "he looked askance at the offer"
2.askance - with a side or oblique glanceaskance - with a side or oblique glance; "did not quite turn all the way back but looked askance at me with her dark eyes"

askance

adverb
1. suspiciously, doubtfully, dubiously, sceptically, disapprovingly, distrustfully, mistrustfully They have always looked askance at the western notion of democracy.
2. out of the corner of your eye, sideways, indirectly, awry, obliquely, with a side glance 'Do you play chess?' he asked, looking askance at me.

askance

adverb
Translations
karsaastinurkkasilmälläsivuttain

askance

[əˈskɑːns] ADV to look askance at sbmirar a algn con recelo or desconfianza
to look askance at sthver algo con recelo or desconfianza

askance

[əˈskæns] adv
to look askance at sb → regarder qn de travers, regarder qn d'un œil désapprobateur
to look askance at sth → regarder qch d'un œil désapprobateur

askance

adv to look askance at somebodyjdn entsetzt ansehen; to look askance at a suggestion/somebody’s methods etcüber einen Vorschlag/jds Methoden etc die Nase rümpfen

askance

[əˈskɑːns] adv to look askance at sb/sthguardare qn/qc storto or di traverso
References in classic literature ?
Where," asked he, with a look askance at them -- for it was the clergyman's peculiarity that he seldom, now-a-days, looked straight forth at any object, whether human or inanimate" where, my kind doctor, did you gather those herbs, with such a dark, flabby leaf?
was the cry from captain, mates, and harpooneers, who, undeterred by fearful rumors, were all anxious to capture so famous and precious a fish; while the dogged crew eyed askance, and with curses, the appalling beauty of the vast milky mass, that lit up by a horizontal spangling sun, shifted and glistened like a living opal in the blue morning sea.
The black, glassy eyes glittered with a kind of wicked drollery, and the thing struck up, in a clear shrill voice, an odd negro melody, to which she kept time with her hands and feet, spinning round, clapping her hands, knocking her knees together, in a wild, fantastic sort of time, and producing in her throat all those odd guttural sounds which distinguish the native music of her race; and finally, turning a summerset or two, and giving a prolonged closing note, as odd and unearthly as that of a steam-whistle, she came suddenly down on the carpet, and stood with her hands folded, and a most sanctimonious expression of meekness and solemnity over her face, only broken by the cunning glances which she shot askance from the corners of her eyes.
I reckon you will grant that during some years there has been only one pair of eyes in these kingdoms that has not been looking steadily askance at the queen and Sir Launcelot --"
The soft thing looked askance through the window: he possessed the power to depart as much as a cat possesses the power to leave a mouse half killed, or a bird half eaten.
So spake our general Mother, and with eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd, And meek surrender, half imbracing leand On our first Father, half her swelling Breast Naked met his under the flowing Gold Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Both of her Beauty and submissive Charms Smil'd with superior Love, as JUPITER On JUNO smiles, when he impregns the Clouds That shed MAY Flowers; and press'd her Matron lip With kisses pure: aside the Devil turnd For envie, yet with jealous leer maligne Ey'd them askance, and to himself thus plaind.
There was a pause, and they looked askance upon Wickens's boy.
And the conversation then broke down, and the brothers looked askance at one another in silence.
I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
Apollon, who had already sat down to his work and put on his spectacles again, at first glanced askance at the money without speaking or putting down his needle; then, without paying the slightest attention to me or making any answer, he went on busying himself with his needle, which he had not yet threaded.
But it seems you have come back rich, my boy," continued the tailor, looking askance at the handful of gold and silver which Dantes had thrown on the table.
During the early part of his illness everyone in the house looked askance at me, and Anna Thedorovna would nod her head in a meaning manner; but, I always looked them straight in the face, and gradually they ceased to take any notice of my concern for Pokrovski.