with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.

Nearby words

  1. ask for the moon,
  2. ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,
  3. ask out,
  4. ask, and it shall be given you,
  5. ask-upmark kidney,
  6. askarel,
  7. askari,
  8. askesis,
  9. askew,
  10. askey

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 askant


askant (əˈskænt)


with an oblique glance
with doubt or mistrust

Word Origin for askance

C16: of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for askant


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Idioms and Phrases with askant


see look askance.

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