asquint


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a·squint

 (ə-skwĭnt′)
adv. & adj.
With a sidelong glance.

[Middle English : a-, on; see a-2 + -squint; akin to skwyn (in of skwyn, obliquely).]

asquint

(əˈskwɪnt)
adv, adj
(postpositive) with a glance from the corner of the eye, esp a furtive one
[C13: perhaps from Dutch schuinte slant, of obscure origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.asquint - (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envyasquint - (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"
References in classic literature ?
At these words Sancho turned his eyes asquint, and in a still louder voice said, "Can it be your worship has forgotten that I am not a knight, or do you want me to end by vomiting up what bowels I have left after last night?
When he has base ends and speaks falsely, the eye is muddy and sometimes asquint.
You could side with my father who said that you could not tell whether she was from the city because she said her 'o's like blushing 'auww's; because she rushed her Arabic, making shlongs of her salaams; and because she was at pains to point between the shades of indiscretion but stood asquint before the blacks and whites of right and wrong.