- 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 its 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.
Origin of squint
Examples from the Web for squint
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’
November 23, 2014
Yekaterina Samutsevich tried not to squint in the bright light of the studio lamps.Pussy Riot’s Yekaterina Samutsevich Speaks Out
November 30, 2012
If you squint, you can see the Home Depot behind it gleaming bright and orange in the clear Texas air.Tourist Attractions of West Texas
November 1, 2012
When startled by anything perplexing he used to squint horribly.The Secret Agent
Better not look, though; too bad if she had buck teeth or squint eyes.When the Sleepers Woke
Arthur Leo Zagat
The puncher stopped beside it to squint through the telescope.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
Yes, and I know that at the amorous crisis he ceases to squint.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Would the honorable gentleman come and take a squint at Rajah?Shorty McCabe
- (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
Word Origin and History for squint
1560s, shortened form of asquint (q.v.). The verb is attested from 1590s; the noun from 1650s. Related: Squinted; squinting.