Definition of askance in English:

askance

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Pronunciation: /əˈskans
 
, əˈskɑːns
 
/
(also askant /-ˈskant, -ˈskɑːnt/)

adverb

With an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval: the reformers looked askance at the mystical tradition a waiter looked askance at his jeans
More example sentences
  • Bonachela knows that there are people in contemporary dance who look askance at his commercial work.
  • Canadians might look askance at this, given their jaundiced attitude towards many things American.
  • If people with suspiciously orange tans are to be looked at askance, so, too, are suspiciously orange fish.
Synonyms
suspiciously, with suspicion, sceptically, with misgivings, cynically, mistrustfully, distrustfully, with distrust, doubtfully, dubiously, with doubt; disapprovingly, with disapproval, with disfavour, contemptuously, scornfully, disdainfully; suspect, mistrust, distrust; disapprove of, frown on, be hostile towards

Origin

late 15th century: of unknown origin.

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