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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Related Words for squinted

peek, peep, look, squinch

Examples from the Web for squinted

Contemporary Examples of squinted

Historical Examples of squinted

  • Coleman swiveled around in his chair and squinted at the wall clock.

    The Velvet Glove

    Harry Harrison

  • I held it level with my eye and squinted through the barrels.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He squinted as Jenkins flipped the light switch and the brightness hit him.

    Pleasant Journey

    Richard F. Thieme

  • Hawk Kennedy closed one eye and squinted the other at Peter quizzically.

    The Vagrant Duke

    George Gibbs

  • Reaching the top, his heart thudding, he squinted into the dimness.

    Small World

    William F. Nolan

British Dictionary definitions for squinted



(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
Derived Formssquinter, nounsquinty, adjective

Word Origin for squint

C14: short for asquint
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Word Origin and History for squinted



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

squinted in Medicine




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