askance

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adverb \ə-ˈskan(t)s\

Definition of askance

  1. 1 :  with disapproval or distrust :  scornfully <They eyed the stranger askance.> <Many critics have looked askance at the proposal.>

  2. 2 :  with a side-glance :  obliquely <That experienced pilot of the Broads looked askance at his watch, and drew Allan aside at the first opportunity. — Wilkie Collins>

Examples of askance in a sentence

  1. <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.

Variants of askance

or less commonly

askant

play \-ˈskant\

Origin and Etymology of askance

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1530



ASKANCE Defined for English Language Learners

askance

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adverb \ə-ˈskan(t)s\

Definition of askance for English Language Learners

  • : in a way that shows a lack of trust or approval


ASKANCE Defined for Kids

askance

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adverb \ə-ˈskans\

Definition of askance for Students

  1. 1 :  with a side glance <She did not turn her head but watched him askance.>

  2. 2 :  with distrust or disapproval <We looked askance at the strangers.>



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