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[uh-skwint] /əˈskwɪnt/
adverb, adjective
with an oblique glance or squint; askance; slyly; dubiously.
Origin of asquint
1200-50; Middle English, equivalent to a- a-1 + squint, of uncertain origin Unabridged
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adverb, adjective
(postpositive) with a glance from the corner of the eye, esp a furtive one
Word Origin
C13: perhaps from Dutch schuinte slant, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for asquint

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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