Definition of askance
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Examples of askance in a sentence
we looked askance at the dealer's assertion that the car had never been in an accident
Did You Know?
Etymologists have been scratching their heads over the origin of "askance" for centuries. Sources from Italian and Old Norse, among other languages, have been suggested, but, today, dictionary editors look askance at all of these explanations and simply label the word origin unknown. What we do know is that the word was first used in English in the mid-16th century with the meaning "sideways" or "with a sideways glance," and that writers over the years have used the suggestion of someone looking askance at something to express a number of feelings from disapproval and distrust to jealousy.
Origin and Etymology of askance
First Known Use: circa 1530
ASKANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of askance for English Language Learners
: in a way that shows a lack of trust or approval
ASKANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of askance for Students
1 : with a side glance She did not turn her head but watched him askance.
2 : with distrust or disapproval We looked askance at the strangers.
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