A young man looking askance.
An example of the word askance would be the look a parent gives a child when she suspects he is not telling the truth.
- with a sideways glance
- with suspicion, disapproval, etc.
Origin of askanceMiddle English ascaunce; form ; from ase quances ; from as(e), as + Old French quanses, how if ; from Vulgar Latin quam si ; from Classical Latin quam, how + si, if; meaning ; from Middle English askoin ; from a-, a- + skwyn ; from Dutch schuin, sideways
- With disapproval, suspicion, or distrust: “The area is so dirty that merchants report the tourists are looking askance” (Chris Black).
- With a sideways glance; obliquely.
Origin of askanceOrigin unknown.
Compare Dutch schuin, schuins, sideways, schuiven to shove, schuinte slope. Compare asquint.