askance

  • 1 askance — 1520s, sideways, asquint, of obscure origin. OED has separate listings for askance and obsolete M.E. askance(s) and no indication of a connection, but Barnhart and others derive the newer word from the older one. The M.E. word, recorded early 14c …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 2 Askance — A*skance , Askant A*skant , adv. [Cf. D. schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte slope. Cf. {Asquint}.] Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion. [1913 Webster] They dart away; they wheel askance.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Askance — A*skance , v. t. To turn aside. [Poet.] [1913 Webster] O, how are they wrapped in with infamies That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes! Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 askance — askew, *awry Analogous words: mistrustfully, distrustfully (see corresponding verbs at DISTRUST): enviously, jealously (see corresponding adjectives at ENVIOUS) Antonyms: straightforwardly, directly …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 askance — [adv] sideways askew, disapprovingly, disdainfully, dubiously, obliquely, sidelong, sideways, skeptically, suspiciously; concepts 581,583 …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 askance — ► ADVERB ▪ with a suspicious or disapproving look. ORIGIN of unknown origin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 askance — [ə skans′] adv. [ME ascaunce; form < ase quances < as(e), AS1 + OFr quanses, how if < VL quam si < L quam, how + si, if; meaning < ME askoin < a , A 1 + skwyn < Du schuin, sideways] 1. with a sideways glance; obliquely 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 askance — [[t]əskæ̱ns[/t]] 1) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR at n If you look askance at someone or something, you have a doubtful or suspicious attitude towards them. They have always looked askance at the western notion of democracy. 2) PHRASE: V inflects,… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 askance — a|skance [əˈskæns, əˈska:ns US əˈskæns] adv [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Perhaps from Italian a scancio across ] look askance (at sb/sth) if you look askance at something, you do not approve of it or think it is good ▪ A waiter looked askance at… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 askance — [16] The origins of askance remain obscure. When it first entered the language it meant literally ‘obliquely, sideways’ (‘He bid his angels turn askance the poles of Earth’, John Milton, Paradise Lost 1667), so a possible source is Italian a… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 askance — [16] The origins of askance remain obscure. When it first entered the language it meant literally ‘obliquely, sideways’ (‘He bid his angels turn askance the poles of Earth’, John Milton, Paradise Lost 1667), so a possible source is Italian a… …

    Word origins

  • 12 askance — 1. adverb /əˈskæns,əˈskɑːns,əˈskæns/ a) With disapproval, skepticism, or suspicion. The beggar asked for change, but the haughty woman only looked at him askance. b) Sideways; obliquely. The scanda …

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  • 13 askance — adv. to look askance at * * * [ə skæns] to look askance at …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 askance — a|skance [ ə skæns ] adverb look askance (at someone/something) to show that you do not approve of someone or something or that you do not feel certain about them: A lot of people on Capitol Hill would look askance at this new regulation …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 askance — UK [əˈskæns] / US adverb look askance (at someone/something) to show that you do not approve of someone or something or that you do not feel certain about them They looked askance at the old fashioned ways of their fathers …

    English dictionary

  • 16 askance —   Me ka ho owahāwahā.    ♦ Eyed askance, maka ewa ewa ia.    ♦ To look askance. maka ē …

    English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • 17 askance — also askant adverb Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1530 1. with a side glance ; obliquely 2. with disapproval or distrust ; scornfully < they eyed the stranger a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 askance — /euh skans /, adv. 1. with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer. 2. with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely. Also, askant /euh skant /. [1520 30; earlier a scanche, a sca(u)nce; of obscure orig.] Syn. 1. skeptically …

    Universalium

  • 19 askance — adverb look askance (at) to look at or consider something in a way that shows you do not believe it or approve of it …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 askance — adverb they look askance at anything foreign Syn: suspiciously, skeptically, cynically, mistrustfully, distrustfully, doubtfully, dubiously; disapprovingly, contemptuously, scornfully, disdainfully Ant: approvingly …

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