Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust: "The area is so dirty that merchants report the tourists are looking askance” ( Chris Black).
  • adv. With a sideways glance; obliquely.

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  • adv. With disapproval, skepticism, or suspicion.
  • adv. Sideways; obliquely.
  • adj. Turned to the side, especially of the eyes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Sideways; obliquely; with a side glance; with disdain, envy, or suspicion.
  • transitive v. To turn aside.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sidewise; obliquely; out of the corner of the eye; askant.
  • To turn aside, as the eyes.
  • Perhaps.
  • As if; as if (saying).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with suspicion or disapproval
  • adv. with a side or oblique glance
  • adj. (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Origin unknown.

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Compare Dutch schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte slope. Compare asquint.

Examples

  • Compared to these inducements, the fact that people would look upon her askance was a very insignificant consideration.

    Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Let me get a-- let me get a break and get Senator Warner to comment, because I noticed he -- he looked kind of askance at some of the things you were saying.

    CNN Transcript Feb 2, 2005

  • He pays £15 for a haircut and shave at the local barbers, looks askance at anything with a label that doesn't have Oxfam attached to it and, when asked where he got his jacket from, is proud to say "it was my grandfather's."

    Deconstructing the Unreconstructed Male

  • He quickly looked away, and then looked back again, as though that brief, askance glance had “cleared it.”

    Boredom & Ennui

  • Arsenio looks askance at his own Wikipedia article.

    I Find It Bonkers, By The Way - Anil Dash

  • Hetty eyed him askance but clinked his glass all the same.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • Men and dogs looked askance at Bâtard when he drifted into their camps and posts.

    BÂTARD

  • Analysts say investors could look askance at the wrong choice, particularly if the candidate is seen as close to the government, which in South Korea has often taken a strong role in the financial sector.

    Troubled Shinhan Faces Challenge

  • You describe Tea Partiers as looking askance at Boehner's long tenure in leadership, his close ties to lobbyists and his two-pack-a-day baritone and retro Rat Pack persona.

    'Vanity Fair' Writer: What Will Speaker Boehner Do?

  • Traditional-media critics can look askance all they like at twittery chit-chat websites like All That Chat at Talkinbroadway.com, or at every theatre-related hashtag imaginable, but the fact is, blog posts can be longer and more substantive than many so-called reviews, and even the occasional tweet can be as informative as the scribblings of the reviewing gods.

    Leonard Jacobs: Ensnaring Theatre Critics in the Spider-Man Web

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  • 1. with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer.

    2. with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely

    March 18, 2009

  • 'You can really have no notion how delightful it will be

    When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters out to sea!'

    But the snail replied, 'Too far, too far!' and gave a look askance

    Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.

    Would not, could not, would not, could not,

    would not join the dance.

    Would not, could not, would not, could not,

    could not join the dance.

    - Lewis Carroll, 'The Lobster Quadrille'.

    November 8, 2008

  • Said with arms akimbo?

    August 24, 2008

  • "All we are saying is give peace askance."

    August 24, 2008

  • As Jesus said, "If you have faith, askance will be given you!"

    August 24, 2008

  • Pro: Haha! I need to use the word that way now. :-)

    August 22, 2008

  • So you're still waiting for an answerance, Pro?

    August 22, 2008

  • No, more like "Why dost thou look askance at me?"

    August 22, 2008

  • I thought it was a noun, meaning "the act of asking": "would you please respond to my askance?".

    August 22, 2008