- 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
1350–1400 for earlier adv. sense; 1570–80 for adj. senses; Middle English; aphetic variant of asquint
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- (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 for squint
C14: short for asquint
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1560s, shortened form of asquint (q.v.). The verb is attested from 1590s; the noun from 1650s. Related: Squinted; squinting.
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