Squinny

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Squinny skwin′i (Shak.) to look asquint.
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Usage

In literature:

Sir George was in a great tremor about the Flowers of Fashion, hence his invitation to Mr. Squinny.
"Men's Wives" by William Makepeace Thackeray
You know how he opens his mouth and sort o' squinnies up his eyes?
"Mrs. Tree" by Laura E. Richards
Even the old chief squinnied sulkily out of his hut, and spat on the ground when they were gone.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
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In poetry:

There was no peace on pillow or on throne.
In dreams the toothless, dwarfed, and squinny-eyed
Started a joyful rumor that he had died
…….Unfriended and alone.
"Saul And David" by Anthony Hecht
I leant far out, and squinnied for a sign
That this was still the town that had been 'mine'
So long, but found I wasn't even clear
Which side was which. From where those cycle-crates
Were standing, had we annually departed
"I Remember, I Remember" by Philip Larkin