What does askance mean?

askance meaning in General Dictionary

To turn aside

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  • Sideways obliquely with a side-glance with disdain envy or suspicion
  • with suspicion or disapproval
  • with a part or oblique glance
  • (used especially of glances) directed to at least one part with or as though with question or suspicion or envy
  • Alt. of Askant
  • to make aside.

askance meaning in Urban Dictionary

adverb. Regard an individual or situation with distrust or disapproval.origin as yet not known

askance meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "sideways, asquint," of obscure beginning. OED has separate listings for askance and outdated Middle English askance(s) no sign of a connection, but Barnhart among others derive the more recent word from the older one. The center English word, recorded early 14c. as ase quances and discovered later in Chaucer, required "in such a way that; whilst; like;" so when an adverb "insincerely, deceptively." It is often reviewed as a compound of because and Old French quanses (pronounced "kanses") "how if," from Latin quam "how" + si "if." The E[nglish] as is, accordingly, redundant, and merely included by way of limited description. The M.E. askances means "just as if" various other passages, but right here implies, "like it had been," i.e. "possibly," "perhaps"; since said above. Often the last s is dropped .... [Walter W. Skeat, glossary to Chaucer's "Man of Law's Tale," 1894] In addition see discussion in Leo Spitzer, "Anglo-French Etymologies," Philological Quarterly 24.23 (1945), and see OED entry for askance (adv.) for conversation of the mystical ask- term cluster in English. Other presumptions concerning the beginning of askance consist of Old French a escone, from past participle of a word for "hidden;" Italian a scancio "obliquely, slantingly;" or it is a cognate of askew.

askance meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) Alt. of Askant

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  • (v. t.) To make apart.

Sentence Examples with the word askance

The Liberal Eiderdansk party was for dividing Schleswig into three distinct administrative belts, according as the various nationalities predomin ated (language rescripts of '85),but German sentiment was opposed to any such settlement and, still worse, the great continental powers looked askance on the new Danish constitution as far too democratic. The substance of the notes embodying the exchange of views, in 1851 and 1852, between the German great powers and Denmark, was promulgated, on the 28th of January 1852, in the new constitutional decree which, together with the documents on which it was founded, was known as the Conventions of 1851 and 1852.

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