- to look with the eyes partly closed.
- Ophthalmology. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
- to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
- to make or have an indirect reference to or bearing on; tend or incline toward (usually followed by toward, at, etc.).
- to close (the eyes) partly in looking: The baby squinted its eyes at the bright lights.
- to cause to squint; cause to look obliquely.
- an act or instance of squinting.
- Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.
- Informal. a quick glance: Let me have a squint at that paper.
- a looking obliquely or askance.
- an indirect reference.
- an inclination or tendency, especially an oblique or perverse one.
- Also called hagioscope. (in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.
- looking obliquely; looking with a side glance; looking askance.
- Ophthalmology. (of the eyes) affected with strabismus.
Origin of squint
Examples from the Web for squinted
She squinted, blinked sporadically, and tilted her head, as if straining to wrestle answers from her brain.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
He squinted at my name-tag and, after finding out that I was a fiction writer, asked what kind of work I did.Who Has the Right to Write About War?
Emily Gray Tedrowe
July 12, 2014
At her side was her calf, which turned and squinted at us through baby eyes.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too
February 18, 2014
I will never forget the rays of January sunshine that I squinted into after those seven hours were finally over.Why I Got Banned from Israel
Anna Lekas Miller
August 27, 2013
She squinted up and down 55th before someone yelled directions, and she walked eastward to find it.Staking Out Kissinger’s 90th-Birthday Party
June 4, 2013
Coleman swiveled around in his chair and squinted at the wall clock.The Velvet Glove
I held it level with my eye and squinted through the barrels.The Rise of Roscoe Paine
Joseph C. Lincoln
He squinted as Jenkins flipped the light switch and the brightness hit him.Pleasant Journey
Richard F. Thieme
Hawk Kennedy closed one eye and squinted the other at Peter quizzically.The Vagrant Duke
Reaching the top, his heart thudding, he squinted into the dimness.Small World
William F. Nolan
- (usually intr) to cross or partly close (the eyes)
- (intr) to have a squint
- (intr) to look or glance sideways or askance
- the nontechnical name for strabismus
- the act or an instance of squinting; glimpse
- Also called: hagioscope a narrow oblique opening in a wall or pillar of a church to permit a view of the main altar from a side aisle or transept
- informal a quick look; glance
- having a squint
- informal crooked; askew
Word Origin and History for squinted
1560s, shortened form of asquint (q.v.). The verb is attested from 1590s; the noun from 1650s. Related: Squinted; squinting.