asquint (adv.) early 13c., "obliquely, with a sidelong glance," of uncertain etymology; from A- (Cf. a-) (1) + "a word corresponding to Du. schuinte 'slope, slant' of the independent use of which no instances survive ..." [OED]. "Middle English Dictionary" compares Fr. équinter "cut to a point;" Fr. dialectal (e)squintar "cast a glance, look furtively."

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  • Asquint — A*squint , adv. [Cf. {Askant}, {Squint}.] With the eye directed to one side; not in the straight line of vision; obliquely; awry, so as to see distortedly; as, to look asquint. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • asquint — [ə skwint′] adv., adj. [ME on skwyn (see ASKANCE): infl. by SQUINT] with a squint; out of the corner of the eye …   English World dictionary

  • asquint — 1. adjective /əˈskwɪnt/ Looking sideways, as though warily. Eyes asquint, he saw she was driving much too fast. 2. adverb /əˈskwɪnt/ In a manner with narrowed eyes. It is not to be supposed, however, that in the delivery of such passages I was… …   Wiktionary

  • asquint — predic.adj. & adv. (usu. look asquint). 1 to one side; from the corner of an eye. 2 with a squint. Etymology: ME perh. f. Du. schuinte slant …   Useful english dictionary

  • asquint — /euh skwint /, adv., adj. with an oblique glance or squint; askance; slyly; dubiously. [1200 50; ME, equiv. to a A 1 + squint, of uncert. orig.] * * * …   Universalium

  • asquint — adv. from the corner of one s eye; askance; slyly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • asquint — adverb & adjective with a glance to one side or from the corner of the eyes. Origin ME: perh. from a 2 + a Low Ger. or Du. word related to mod. Du. schuinte slant …   English new terms dictionary

  • asquint — ad. Askance, askant, awry, askew, obliquely, to one side …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • asquint — adv 1. awry, askance, askew; sidelong, sideways, obliquely, deviously. 2. slyly, furtively, surreptitiously, secretively, shiftily, sneakingly, on the sly …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • asquint — /əˈskwɪnt/ (say uh skwint) adverb with an oblique glance. {a 1 + squint (of uncertain origin; compare Dutch schuinte slope) …   Australian English dictionary

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