askance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj askance (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"
    • adv askance with a side or oblique glance "did not quite turn all the way back but looked askance at me with her dark eyes"
    • adv askance with suspicion or disapproval "he looked askance at the offer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Askance Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion. "They dart away; they wheel askance .""My palfrey eyed them askance .""Both . . . were viewed askance by authority."
    • v. t Askance To turn aside. "O, how are they wrapped in with infamies
      That from their own misdeeds askance their eyes!"
      "The redcross knight diverst , but forth rode Britomart."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • askance Sidewise; obliquely; out of the corner of the eye; askant.
    • askance To turn aside, as the eyes.
    • askance Perhaps.
    • askance As if; as if (saying).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Askance sideways: awry: obliquely: with a side glance, or with a side meaning
    • v.t Askance (Shak.) to turn aside
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven, to shove, schuinte, slope. Cf. Asquint

Usage

In literature:

At any rate, he blushed deeply at the avowal, and his friends look askance at him ever since.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
So the historian accepts his limitations as the rules of the game, and sets out to see unity askance.
"The Unity of Civilization" by Various
Betting showed Erasmus as firm favourites, the school critics looking askance at Johnson, our weakest man.
"Tell England" by Ernest Raymond
But Mr. Hastings beheld it askance.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. II. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Although I called him first and purposely gave him my order in time, he viewed me askance and served me the last of all.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
The press in the main is cordial, but looks askance at a political paper edited by a woman.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
De Poininges shuddered, as she looked on him askance, with some dubious meaning.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
He seemed afraid of his own house, askance at his own furniture.
"Henry Brocken" by Walter J. de la Mare
Everybody looked askance at them.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Portlaw looked askance at the sign.
"The Firing Line" by Robert W. Chambers
When young Benjamin D'Israeli first entered society in London, he found that the proud aristocrats looked askance at him.
"Side Lights" by James Runciman
And he looked at her askance.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
The world still looked askance at Lady Ongar, and Hugh did not wish to take up the armor of a paladin in her favor.
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
And I'll break every bone in the skin of any man that looks askance at him, too!
"Ishmael" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Nevertheless, it is only in detail that we can look askance at his attempt.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The first time I passed among them they eyed me askance, seeming, I feared, to resent the presence of a woman.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
Judge Mayne had at first eyed the man askance, watching him as his own cats might an interloping stray dog.
"Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man" by Marie Conway Oemler
Claude, who was now growing embarrassed, had examined the girl, askance.
"His Masterpiece" by Emile Zola
While I was unfolding it poppa eyed me askance.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
The local authorities looked askance at this gathering of rascaldom, and gave them a wide berth.
"The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood" by Arthur Griffiths
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In poetry:

On everything poetic
Your moderns look askance:
And daily Prose deals frequent blows
Destructive to Romance.
"A Shattered Illusion" by P G Wodehouse
Afric sands ensorcel us,
Afric seas & skies entrance
Velvet, lewd & luminous
Night surveys our soul askance!
Come my love, & let us dance
To the Moon and Sirius!
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
So she, and turned askance a wintry eye:
But Ida with a voice, that like a bell
Tolled by an earthquake in a trembling tower,
Rang ruin, answered full of grief and scorn.
"The Princess (part 6)" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Yet his was no dull eye that look'd askance
In scorn on daily human things, but bright
With all the beaming virtue of a glance
That took its brightness from his Master's light.
"The Preacher" by Alexander Anderson
The cricket chirps all day,
"O, fairest summer, stay!"
The squirrel eyes askance the chestnuts browning;
The wild-fowl fly afar
Above the foamy bar
And hasten southward ere the skies are frowning.
"September" by George Arnold
You'll understand, of course,
That wager was a source
Of very little profit to the hapless “wageree,”
And, dating from that day,
I much regret to say,
Men look askance at Riley, from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

Russians Look Askance at Anticorruption Drive Even as New Scandals Arise.
Russians Look Askance at Anticorruption Drive as Scandals Are Unearthed.
In a tight market, banks look askance at walk-ups and studios.
LOOK BEYOND THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD Older, wiser and much more jaded, I look a bit askance at commercial approaches to the sweet observation of Saint Valentine's Day.
Some Look Askance at Nibbling Fish.
Looking Askance Stealth journalistic moves have placed in my possession the private memoir journal of Governor Susana Martinez, the book wherein she records her innermost thoughts.
Looking Askance Do you know how it is when you near the last few pages of a really good book and start to get depressed because the story is about to end.
They posed for pictures by Mila Bridger, with a portion of proceeds ironically benefiting For the Love of Cats, who had one cat on hand, looking askance at all the costumed canines .
Many large investors looked askance at Facebook's whopping $100 billion valuation awarded to it at the $38-a-share initial public offering price.
My gabacho friends look at me askance for being a gabacho who enjoys mariachi music.
It is an election year, however, so any bill that could help the incumbent would be viewed askance by the opposition.
Given the national Republican penchant for creating voting environments that seem to disadvantage Democrats, it was no surprise that local Dems looked askance at County Clerk Wayne Williams' choice of polling places for the November election.
For some silly reason, we always look askance when things happen in threes.
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