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 his 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.
- squint·er, noun
- squint·ing·ly, adverb
- squint·ing·ness, noun
- un·squint·ing, adjective
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How to use squint in a sentence
So, if you want step-by-step directions from a maps app, or real-time health monitoring, you can actually see it without squinting.Rolling phones, smart glasses, and other cool new tech from CES 2021 | Stan Horaczek | January 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
Roethlisberger flailed and looked hopelessly skyward, like a squinting tourist in New York.Browns shake off their history, secure first playoff win since 1995 | Adam Kilgore, Des Bieler | January 11, 2021 | Washington Post
It was the way they bathed the field, the stands and made him squint.Spencer Kieboom built his life around baseball. Then he quietly walked away. | Jesse Dougherty | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
“There it is,” said Chris, squinting and pointing through cigarette smoke.
I tensed up and kind of squinted my eyes a little bit like, Ooooh, this is going to hurt."Cougar Guy" Tells the Story Behind His Viral Video | Luke Whelan | October 16, 2020 | Outside Online
You have to squint very hard to make the novel begin to line up with reality.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ | Nathaniel Rich | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No squint-eyed carny could ever guess it; it's a shock to find out he's 20 years older than you always thought.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull | Mark Jacobson | March 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yekaterina Samutsevich tried not to squint in the bright light of the studio lamps.
If you squint, you can see the Home Depot behind it gleaming bright and orange in the clear Texas air.
Bonnebault was squint-eyed and his physical appearance did not belie his depravity.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
To the measured gestures of the little preachers were corresponding words learned by heart and false enough to make one squint.The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
"Now you jist cut out yer comedy until I can squint 'em over," said Fisheye impatiently.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
"Port tack and headed acrost us," snarled the master, after a sniff at the air and a squint at the sluggish ripple.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
"I ain't making any rash promises," stated Captain Downs, walking to the rail and taking a squint at the top-hamper.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
British Dictionary definitions for squint
(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
- squinter, noun
- squinty, adjective
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