askant

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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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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