with all the eye directed to at least one side perhaps not in the straight line of eyesight obliquely awry to be able to see distortedly regarding look asquint
- (used specifically of glances) directed to a single part with or like with doubt or suspicion or jealousy
- using attention directed to 1 part; not when you look at the straight type of vision; obliquely; awry, so as to see distortedly; as, to appear asquint.
very early 13c., "obliquely, with a sidelong glimpse," of uncertain etymology; from a- (1) + "a word corresponding to Du. schuinte 'slope, slant' of this independent usage of which no instances survive ..." [OED]. "Middle English Dictionary" compares French
(adv.) Because of the eye directed to 1 part; not into the straight line of sight; obliquely; awry, in order to see distortedly; since, to look asquint.