askance

[uh-skans]
adverb
1.
with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer.
2.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.
Also, askant [uh-skant] .


Origin:
1520–30; earlier a scanche, a sca(u)nce; of obscure origin


1. skeptically, suspiciously.
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askance or askant (əˈskæns, əˈskænt)
 
adv
1.  with an oblique glance
2.  with doubt or mistrust
 
[C16: of unknown origin]
 
askant or askant
 
adv
 
[C16: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

askance
1520s, "sideways, asquint," of obscure origin; perhaps a variant of askew. Other theories that have been put forth include an origin from M.E. ase "as" + O.Fr. quanses "how if," from L. quam "how" + si "if." Or from O.Fr. a escone, from pp. of a word for "hidden." Or from
It. a scancio "obliquely, slantingly."
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Idioms & Phrases

askance

see look askance.

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Example sentences
Nobody will look askance at presses that get half of their scholarly output
  from local faculty members.
But regulators seem to be looking askance at these claims.
Until this is accomplished schemes for refinements of our monetary system must
  be looked at askance.
Although many locals welcome the new project, some still look askance at its
  implications.
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