squints'

squint

[skwint]
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 for earlier adv. sense; 1570–80 for adj. senses; Middle English; aphetic variant of asquint

squinter, noun
squintingly, adverb
squintingness, noun
unsquinting, adjective
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squint (skwɪnt)
 
vb
1.  (usually intr) to cross or partly close (the eyes)
2.  (intr) to have a squint
3.  (intr) to look or glance sideways or askance
 
n
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
 
adj
8.  having a squint
9.  informal crooked; askew
 
[C14: short for asquint]
 
'squinter
 
n
 
'squinty
 
adj

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squint
1563, shortened form of asquint (adv.) "obliquely, with a sidelong glance" (12c.), probably related to skwyn in odskwyn "obliquely" (c.1440). The verb is attested from 1599; the noun from 1652.
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squint (skwĭnt)
n.
See strabismus.

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