verb (used without object)
  1. to look with the eyes partly closed.
  2. Ophthalmology. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
  3. to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
  4. 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 its 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.
  3. Informal. a quick glance: Let me have a squint at that paper.
  4. a looking obliquely or askance.
  5. an indirect reference.
  6. an inclination or tendency, especially an oblique or perverse one.
  7. 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

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for unsquinting


  1. (usually intr) to cross or partly close (the eyes)
  2. (intr) to have a squint
  3. (intr) to look or glance sideways or askance
  1. the nontechnical name for strabismus
  2. the act or an instance of squinting; glimpse
  3. 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
  4. informal a quick look; glance
  1. having a squint
  2. informal crooked; askew
Derived Formssquinter, nounsquinty, adjective

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

Word Origin and History for unsquinting



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

unsquinting in Medicine


  1. strabismus
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.