Origin of squint

1350–1400 for earlier adv. sense; 1570–80 for adj. senses; Middle English; aphetic variant of asquint
Related formssquint·er, nounsquint·ing·ly, adverbsquint·ing·ness, nounun·squint·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squint

squint

verb

(usually intr) to cross or partly close (the eyes)
(intr) to have a squint
(intr) to look or glance sideways or askance

noun

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

adjective

having a squint
informal crooked; askew
Derived Formssquinter, nounsquinty, adjective

Word Origin for squint

C14: short for asquint
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Word Origin and History for squint
adj.

1560s, shortened form of asquint (q.v.). The verb is attested from 1590s; the noun from 1650s. Related: Squinted; squinting.

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Medicine definitions for squint

squint

[skwĭnt]

n.

strabismus
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