squinny

verb
squin·​ny | \ ˈskwi-nē How to pronounce squinny (audio) \
squinnied; squinnying

Definition of squinny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: squint

squinny

noun

Definition of squinny (Entry 2 of 2)

: squint

Other Words from squinny

Noun

squinny adjective

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Verb

"I remember thine eyes well enough. Dost thou squiny at me?" So asks Shakespeare's mad King Lear of blind Gloucester, in an early use of the verb squinny in 1608. The word possibly comes from the earlier English squin-, the base of the Middle English of skwyn, meaning “on a slant.” The related and more familiar verb squint also appears 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."

First Known Use of squinny

Verb

1605, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for squinny

Verb

perhaps from squin- (base of Middle English of skwyn "on a slant," askoyn, ascoign "askance") + -y, reduced form of eye entry 1 — more at squint entry 1

Noun

probably derivative of squinny entry 1

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“Squinny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squinny. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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