asquint

[uh-skwint]

Origin of asquint

1200–50; Middle English, equivalent to a- a-1 + squint, of uncertain origin
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asquint

adverb, adjective
  1. (postpositive) with a glance from the corner of the eye, esp a furtive one

Word Origin for asquint

C13: perhaps from Dutch schuinte slant, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for asquint
adv.

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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