asquint (adv.)

early 13c., "obliquely, with a sidelong glance," of uncertain etymology; from a- (1) "on" + "a word corresponding to Du. schuinte 'slope, slant' of the independent use of which no instances survive ..." [OED]. The Middle English Compendium compares French équinter "cut to a point;" French dialectal (e)squintar "cast a glance, look furtively." Squint is not found in Middle English, and appears to be from this word.

updated on August 20, 2020

Definitions of asquint from WordNet

asquint (adj.)
(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;
Synonyms: askance / askant / squint / squint-eyed / squinty / sidelong
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