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squint

[skwint] /skwɪnt/
verb (used without object)
1.
to look with the eyes partly closed.
2.
Ophthalmology. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
3.
to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
4.
to make or have an indirect reference to or bearing on; tend or incline toward (usually followed by toward, at, etc.).
verb (used with object)
5.
to close (the eyes) partly in looking:
The baby squinted its eyes at the bright lights.
6.
to cause to squint; cause to look obliquely.
noun
7.
an act or instance of squinting.
8.
Ophthalmology. a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.
9.
Informal. a quick glance:
Let me have a squint at that paper.
10.
a looking obliquely or askance.
11.
an indirect reference.
12.
an inclination or tendency, especially an oblique or perverse one.
13.
Also called hagioscope. (in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.
adjective
14.
looking obliquely; looking with a side glance; looking askance.
15.
Ophthalmology. (of the eyes) affected with strabismus.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400 for earlier adv. sense; 1570-80 for adj. senses; Middle English; aphetic variant of asquint
Related forms
squinter, noun
squintingly, adverb
squintingness, noun
unsquinting, adjective
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Examples for squint
  • He is a slow, lumbering giant, a world-weary emperor with golden fur and tiny eyes that squint at me with myopic curiosity.
  • Meanwhile concerned citizens wondered whether these ostensibly benevolent electronic eyes were developing a suspicious squint.
  • Brown said, his eyes narrowing to a conspiratorial squint.
  • Eyes close and squint, nose bulges, cheeks bulge and mice also pull back their little round ears and move their whiskers.
  • These are pictograms that use bright blotches of color to show how the mouth moves, the eyes squint, and the cheeks scrunch.
  • As a result, someone with myopia tends to squint when viewing far away objects.
  • Magazine readers no longer have to squint to see the health warning on ads for smokeless tobacco products.
  • Friends who scrawl an ancient code that causes readers to hunch over and squint.
  • It is so tiny you'll have to squint to see the letters.
  • No longer is it necessary to squint down a narrow tube at a tiny picture to follow the action being taped.
British Dictionary definitions for squint

squint

/skwɪnt/
verb
1.
(usually intransitive) to cross or partly close (the eyes)
2.
(intransitive) to have a squint
3.
(intransitive) to look or glance sideways or askance
noun
4.
the nontechnical name for strabismus
5.
the act or an instance of squinting; glimpse
6.
Also called hagioscope. a narrow oblique opening in a wall or pillar of a church to permit a view of the main altar from a side aisle or transept
7.
(informal) a quick look; glance
adjective
8.
having a squint
9.
(informal) crooked; askew
Derived Forms
squinter, noun
squinty, adjective
Word Origin
C14: short for asquint
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Word Origin and History for squint
adj.

1560s, shortened form of asquint (q.v.). The verb is attested from 1590s; the noun from 1650s. Related: Squinted; squinting.

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squint in Medicine

squint (skwĭnt)
n.
See strabismus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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