squint


1squint

adjective \ˈskwint\

Definition of SQUINT

1
of an eye :  looking or tending to look obliquely or askance (as with envy or disdain)
2
of the eyes :  not having the visual axes parallel :  crossed

Origin of SQUINT

Middle English asquint
First Known Use: 1579

2squint

verb

: to look at something with your eyes partly closed

: to cause (your eyes) to partly close

: to have a medical condition that makes your eyes unable to look in the same direction

Full Definition of SQUINT

intransitive verb
1
a :  to have an indirect bearing, reference, or aim
b :  to deviate from a true line
2
a :  to look in a squint-eyed manner
b :  to be cross-eyed
c :  to look or peer with eyes partly closed
transitive verb
:  to cause (an eye) to squint
squint·er noun
squint·ing·ly \ˈskwin-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of SQUINT

  1. She had to squint to read the small print.
  2. He squinted through the haze of smoke.
  3. I had to squint my eyes to focus on the tiny letters.
  4. I noticed that he squints.

First Known Use of SQUINT

1599

3squint

noun

: a condition in which you are looking at something with your eyes partly closed : an act of squinting

: a medical condition in which your eyes are unable to look in the same direction

: a quick look

Full Definition of SQUINT

1
2
:  an instance of squinting
3
squinty \ˈskwin-tē\ adjective

Examples of SQUINT

  1. Her gaze narrowed into a squint.

First Known Use of SQUINT

circa 1652

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