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asquint

[ uh-skwint ]
/ əˈskwɪnt /
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adverb, adjective

with an oblique glance or squint; askance; slyly; dubiously.

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Origin of asquint

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

asquint
/ (əˈskwɪnt) /

adverb, adjective

(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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