[ uh-skans ]
/ əˈskæns /


with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.
Also a·skant [uh-skant] /əˈskænt/.

Origin of askance

First recorded in 1520–30; earlier a scanche, a sca(u)nce; of obscure origin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for askance


askant (əˈskænt)

/ (əˈskæns) /


with an oblique glance
with doubt or mistrust

Word Origin for askance

C16: of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with askance


see look askance.

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