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 ?
I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
He cannot see God's world as it is, but eyes each passer-by askance, and looks around him uneasily in order that he may listen to every word that is being uttered.
Her beautiful eyes glanced askance at her husband's face, and her own assumed the timid, deprecating expression of a dog when it rapidly but feebly wags its drooping tail.
Better so, than live to be disgraced and looked askance at.
The gormandizing powers of this worthy were, at first, matters of surprise and merriment to the travellers; but they soon became too serious for a joke, threatening devastation to the fleshpots; and he was regarded askance, at his meals, as a regular kill-crop, destined to waste the substance of the party.
Doctor," as she called Anne, with blind fervor, looked rather jealously askance at Marilla at first.
While such whims and chimeras were flitting across my fancy I began to look askance at Mrs.
The lasses, also, looked at him askance, thinking they had never seen a lustier youth.
Rocke continued, "people were inclined to look a little askance at her, that has all gone by.
Taking a last whiff of his cigarette he threw it down, stepped on it, and letting the smoke escape through his moustache and looking askance at the horse that was coming up, began to tuck in his sheepskin collar on both sides of his ruddy face, clean-shaven except for the moustache, so that his breath should not moisten the collar.
As England grew Puritan, the people began to look askance at the theater, for the Puritans had always been its enemies.
And as to looking askance to another woman, he's safe enough for that too, while I live, for he worships the very ground I tread on.