asquint


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  1. with an oblique glance or squint; askance; slyly; dubiously.

adverb, adjective

  1. (postpositive) with a glance from the corner of the eye, esp a furtive one
adv.

early 13c., “obliquely, with a sidelong glance,” of uncertain etymology; from a- (1) + “a word corresponding to Du. schuinte ‘slope, slant’ of the independent use of which no instances survive …” [OED]. “Middle English Dictionary” compares French équinter “cut to a point;” French dialectal (e)squintar “cast a glance, look furtively.”

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