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Askance Explained

askance at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


askance at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1530, "sideways, asquint," of obscure origin; perhaps a variant of askew. Other theories that have been put forth include an origin from M.E. ase "as" + O.Fr. quanses "how if," from L. quam "how" + si "if." Or from O.Fr. a escone, from pp. of a word for "hidden." Or from It. a scancio "obliquely, slantingly." ///

askance at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

adv [Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Perhaps from Italian a scancio 'across']// look askance (at sb/sth)// if you look askance at something, you do not approve of it or think it is good// --A waiter looked askance at Ellis's jeans.//

askance at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

41 Moby Thesaurus words for "askance":
aside, askant, askew, asquint, awry, broadside, broadside on, cam,
captiously, censoriously, cock-a-hoop, cockeyed, crabwise,
critically, crookedly, cynically, disapprovingly, distrustfully,
doubtfully, doubtingly, edgeway, edgeways, edgewise, glancingly,
laterad, laterally, on its side, on the beam, reproachfully,
right and left, sideling, sidelong, sideward, sidewards, sideway,
sideways, sidewise, sidling, skeptically, suspiciously,

Askance at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Askance \A*skance"\, v. t.
To turn aside. [Poet.]

O, how are they wrapped in with infamies That from
their own misdeeds askance their eyes! --Shak.

Askance \A*skance"\, Askant \A*skant"\, adv. [Cf. D. schuin,
schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte slope. Cf.
Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy,
or suspicion.

They dart away; they wheel askance. --Beattie.

My palfrey eyed them askance. --Landor.

Both . . . were viewed askance by authority.

askance at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as
if with doubt or suspicion or envy; "her eyes with
their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen; "sidelong
glances" [syn: {askant}, {asquint}, {squint}, {squint-eyed},
{squinty}, {sidelong}]
adv 1: with suspicion or disapproval; "he looked askance at the
2: with a side or oblique glance; "did not quite turn all the
way back but looked askance at me with her dark eyes"

askance at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Alternative forms

* askaunce Inter: qualifier » obsolete


Compare Dutch Inter: term » schuin, Inter: term » schuins, sideways, Inter: term » schuiven to shove, Inter: term » schuinte slope. Compare Inter: term » asquint.


* Inter: a » UK Inter: IPA » /əˈskæns/|/əˈskɑːns/
  • Inter: a » US Inter: IPA » /əˈskæns/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-askance.ogg|Audio (US)
  • : Inter: rhymes » ɑːns


    Inter: en-adv » -

  • Inter: context » of a look or glance With disapproval, skepticism, or suspicion.
    1. : The beggar asked for change, but the haughty woman only looked at him askance.
    2. 1932 — Category: w - :Clark Ashton Smith|Clark Ashton Smith, Category: s - :The Maker of Gargoyles|The Maker of Gargoyles
    3. : The scandal of opposition died down, and the stone-carver himself, though the town-folk continued to eye him askance, was able to secure other work through the favor of discriminating patrons.
    4. Gladstone
    5. : Both Inter: .. » . were viewed askance by authority.
    6. Landor
    7. : My palfrey eyed them askance.
    8. Sideways; obliquely.
    9. 1896 — Category: w - :H. G. Wells|H. G. Wells, Category: s - :The Island of Doctor Moreau|The Island of Doctor Moreau, chapter 8
    10. : I glanced askance at this strange creature, and found him watching me with his queer, restless eyes.
    11. 1878 — Category: w - :Henry James|Henry James, Category: s - :The Europeans|The Europeans, chapter 1
    12. : ...the head-stones in the grave-yard beneath seemed to be holding themselves askance to keep it out of their faces.


      * Inter: sense » with disapproval, skepticism skeptically, suspiciously

  • Inter: sense » sideways, obliquely obliquely, sideways


    Inter: trans-top » of look: with disapproval
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|подозрително|sc=Cyrl
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|贊成|alt=不贊成地|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|赞成|tr=bù zànchéng de|alt=不赞成地|sc=Hani Inter: qualifier » disapprovingly, Inter: t » cmn|懷疑|alt=懷疑地|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|怀疑|tr=huáiyí de|alt=怀疑地|sc=Hani Inter: qualifier » with suspicion
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|podezřívavě
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|karsaasti
  • French: Inter: t- » fr|avec méfiance
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|storto

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|疑わしい|tr=うたがわしそうに, tagawashisō ni|alt=疑わしそうに|sc=Jpan
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|напреку|tr=nápreku|sc=Cyrl
    • Portuguese: Inter: t- » pt|com receio
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|подозрение|tr=s podozrénijem|alt=с подозрением|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|подозрительно|tr=podozrítelʹno|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|неодобрительно|tr=neodobrítelʹno|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » disapprovingly, Inter: t+ » ru|упрёк|tr=s uprjókom|alt=с упрёком|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » reproachingly
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|con recelo
    • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|misstroget

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » sideways, obliquely
    • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|накриво|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t- » bg|изкосо|sc=Cyrl
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|傾斜|alt=傾斜地|sc=Hani, Inter: t » cmn|倾斜|tr=qīngxié de|alt=倾斜地|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|úkosem
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|sivuttain Inter: gloss » sideways, Inter: t- » fi|nurkkasilmällä Inter: gloss » obliquely
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|schief, Inter: t+ » de|seitwärts, Inter: t+ » de|quer
    • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|obliquamente

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|横目|tr=よこめで, yokome de|alt=横目で|sc=Jpan, Inter: t+ » ja|斜め|tr=ななめに, naname ni|alt=斜めに|sc=Jpan
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|накосо|tr=nákoso|sc=Cyrl
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|искоса|tr=ískosa|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|косо|tr=kóso|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|криво|tr=krívo|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|сбоку|tr=sbóku|sc=Cyrl
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|de reojo

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-adj » -
  • Turned to the side, especially of the eyes.
    1. 1855 — Category: w - :Robert Browning|Robert Browning, Category: s - :"Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came"|Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came
    2. : My first thought was, he lied in every word,
      That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
      Askance to watch the working of his lie


      * Inter: sense » turned to the side oblique, sideways

    Translation: et » askance
    Translation: fa » askance
    Translation: ko » askance
    Translation: io » askance
    Translation: it » askance
    Translation: pl » askance
    Translation: sv » askance
    Translation: ta » askance
    Translation: te » askance
    Translation: vi » askance
    Translation: zh » askance