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I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny at me? So asks Shakespeare's mad King Lear of blind Gloucester, marking the first use of the verb squinny in 1605. It is likely that Shakespeare formed the word from an earlier English word squin, meaning "with the eye directed to one side." Shakespeare also uses the more familiar squint in King Lear: "This is the foul fiend Flibbertigibbet.… He gives the web and the pin, / squints the eye, and makes the harelip; mildews the white wheat, / and hurts the poor creature of earth." Although this is not the first known use of the verb squint, which appears in print six years earlier, it is the first known use of the verb's transitive sense.
Origin and Etymology of squinny
probably from obsolete English squin asquint, from Middle English skuin
First Known Use: 1605
Definition of squinny
First Known Use of squinny
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