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askance

[uh-skans] /əˈskæns/
adverb
1.
with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval:
He looked askance at my offer.
2.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.
Also, askant
[uh-skant] /əˈskænt/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier a scanche, a sca(u)nce; of obscure origin
Synonyms
1. skeptically, suspiciously.
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British Dictionary definitions for askant

askance

/əˈskæns/
adverb
1.
with an oblique glance
2.
with doubt or mistrust
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for askant
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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