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verb (used without object)
  1. to look with the eyes partly closed.

  2. Ophthalmology. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.

  1. to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.

  2. to make or have an indirect reference to or bearing on; tend or incline toward (usually followed by toward, at, etc.).

verb (used with object)
  1. to close (the eyes) partly in looking: The baby squinted his eyes at the bright lights.

  2. to cause to squint; cause to look obliquely.

  1. an act or instance of squinting.

  2. Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.

  1. Informal. a quick glance: Let me have a squint at that paper.

  2. a looking obliquely or askance.

  3. an indirect reference.

  4. an inclination or tendency, especially an oblique or perverse one.

  5. Also called hagioscope. (in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.

  1. looking obliquely; looking with a side glance; looking askance.

  2. Ophthalmology. (of the eyes) affected with strabismus.

Origin of squint

First recorded in 1350–1400 as an adverb “with a squint; askant,” and 1570–80 for adjective senses; Middle English; variant of asquint

Other words from squint

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for squint


/ (skwɪnt) /

  1. (usually intr) to cross or partly close (the eyes)

  2. (intr) to have a squint

  1. (intr) to look or glance sideways or askance

  1. the nontechnical name for strabismus

  2. the act or an instance of squinting; glimpse

  1. 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

  2. informal a quick look; glance

  1. having a squint

  2. informal crooked; askew

Origin of squint

C14: short for asquint

Derived forms of squint

  • squinter, noun
  • squinty, adjective

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