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squint

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adjective \ˈskwint\

Definition of squint

  1. 1 of an eye :  looking or tending to look obliquely or askance (as with envy or disdain)

  2. 2 of the eyes :  not having the visual axes parallel :  crossed

Origin and Etymology of squint

Middle English asquint


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squint

verb

Definition of squint

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to have an indirect bearing, reference, or aimb :  to deviate from a true line

  3. 2a :  to look in a squint-eyed mannerb :  to be cross-eyedc :  to look or peer with eyes partly closed

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to cause (an eye) to squint

squinter

noun

squintingly

play \ˈskwin-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of squint in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of squint

1599


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squint

noun

Definition of squint

  1. 1 :  strabismus

  2. 2 :  an instance of squinting

  3. 3 :  hagioscope

squinty

play \ˈskwin-tē\ adjective

Examples of squint in a Sentence

  1. Her gaze narrowed into a squint.

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First Known Use of squint

circa 1652


SQUINT Defined for English Language Learners

squint

verb

Definition of squint for English Language Learners

  • : 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

squint

noun

Definition of squint for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SQUINT Defined for Kids

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squint

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verb \ˈskwint\

Definition of squint for Students

squinted

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squinting

  1. 1 :  to look or peer with the eyes partly closed She squinted to read the small print.

  2. 2 :  to cause (an eye) to partly close I squinted my eyes in the bright sunlight.


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squint

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noun

Definition of squint for Students

  1. :  the action or an instance of causing the eyes to partly close or of looking at something with the eyes partly closed


Medical Dictionary

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squint

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intransitive verb \ˈskwint\

Medical Definition of squint

  1. 1:  to be cross-eyed

  2. 2:  to look or peer with eyes partly closed


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squint

noun

Medical Definition of squint

  1. 1:  strabismus

  2. 2:  an instance or habit of squinting



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