Definition of askance in English:


(also askant)

Pronunciation: /əˈskans//əˈskɑːns/


  • With an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval.

    ‘the reformers looked askance at the mystical tradition’
    ‘a waiter looked askance at his jeans’
    • ‘What it does imply is that biotechnology research no longer looks askance to other fields for its metaphoric Inspiration.’
    • ‘Many people look askance at pension companies and pension salespeople.’
    • ‘Canadians might look askance at this, given their jaundiced attitude towards many things American.’
    • ‘Bonachela knows that there are people in contemporary dance who look askance at his commercial work.’
    • ‘The public looks askance at economists because they think of them primarily as forecasters.’
    • ‘The nearest faces looked askance at me, but as I moved quickly through the crowd, I left the curious expressions behind.’
    • ‘Traditional British pop audiences tend to look askance at child stars.’
    • ‘But when the blockade is prolonged, inconveniencing thousands of motorists, one has to look askance at it.’
    • ‘I had looked at them a little bit askance just because of my belief system.’
    • ‘These strange creatures allegedly dress all in black and have their own subculture which decent Aucklanders look askance at.’
    • ‘It's a mysterious place to the little girl - a place where people look at her askance, and where flowers suddenly appear from nowhere on doorsteps.’
    • ‘Apparently he was a loner there, too, and looked at askance, so his family moved, which they'd been planning on doing, anyway.’
    • ‘The visitation staff initially looked askance at the brouhaha, but they ended up laughing hysterically at the bizarre display.’
    • ‘If people with suspiciously orange tans are to be looked at askance, so, too, are suspiciously orange fish.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the world tends to look at him askance, a fact he himself seems to recognize.’
    • ‘Jordan looked askance at the wrinkled clothes Aidan wore.’
    • ‘People look askance at the young driver as the car passes noisily by.’
    • ‘His hounds look askance at the waste of good hunting time.’
    • ‘Boyle sits upright, looking askance at my brick-like tape recorder.’
    • ‘Many people looked askance at what they perceived as very ‘alternative’ thinking.’
    suspiciously, with suspicion, sceptically, with misgivings, cynically, mistrustfully, distrustfully, with distrust, doubtfully, dubiously, with doubt
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Late 15th century: of unknown origin.