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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 of squint
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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  • He picked it up and squinted at it, for he could not see very well.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • Coleman swiveled around in his chair and squinted at the wall clock.

    The Velvet Glove Harry Harrison
  • Adam, who had been helping in the latter stages, squinted at the ceiling of the box.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • Parr squinted at the huts, around the doors of which lounged the other men.

    The Devil's Asteroid Manly Wade Wellman
  • He moved one of those pointers you see there, and squinted around at the different scales and dials, and then stepped back.

    Vanishing Point C.C. Beck
British Dictionary definitions for squinted

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 squinted

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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squinted in Medicine

squint (skwĭnt)
n.
See strabismus.

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