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.
To look asquint At all the classic texts they took as theirs, As if by right, to annotate and gloss Was your big strategy to kick upstairs Your young "New Accents" crew and teach the boss Class how their precious canon might emerge Scrubbed up and sprightlier despite the loss Of culture-capital.