What does asquint mean?

asquint meaning in General Dictionary

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

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  • (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.

asquint meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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

asquint meaning in General Dictionary

(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.