with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval:
He looked askance at my offer.
with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely.
Her little Ladyship, eyeing me askance, answered, ‘I can’t come now—the dress-maker is waiting to fit on my frock.’
Discipline Mary Brunton
When John Kenyon entered his office, he thought the clerk looked at him askance.
A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
They crowded away from the two well-dressed high-school girls, looking at them askance.
Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
Claude, who was now growing embarrassed, had examined the girl, askance.
His Masterpiece Emile Zola
In more fashionable circles the mere possession of a pipe might be looked at askance.
The Social History of Smoking G. L. Apperson
The lanky Sucatash looked at him askance, catching the note of sentiment.
Louisiana Lou William West Winter
Lukynitch stood with his grey head bent on his breast, and stared at me askance in a strange sort of way.
The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories Ivn Turgnieff
“You speak of the castle as if you knew about it,” said the landlady, eyeing her askance.
The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals Ann S. Stephens
At first, indeed, his activity had been looked at askance at Innsbruck, as but another force making for disintegration.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1 Various
Men pretending virtues as relentless as his own were often inclined to eye him askance.
Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
with an oblique glance
with doubt or mistrust
1520s, “sideways, asquint,” of obscure origin. OED has separate listings for askance and obsolete Middle English askance(s) and no indication of a connection, but Barnhart and others derive the newer word from the older one. The Middle English word, recorded early 14c. as ase quances and found later in Chaucer, meant “in such a way that; even as; as if;” and as an adverb “insincerely, deceptively.” It has been analyzed as a compound of as and Old French quanses (pronounced “kanses”) “how if,” from Latin quam “how” + si “if.”
The E[nglish] as is, accordingly, redundant, and merely added by way of partial explanation. The M.E. askances means “as if” in other passages, but here means, “as if it were,” i.e. “possibly,” “perhaps”; as said above. Sometimes the final s is dropped …. [Walter W. Skeat, glossary to Chaucer’s “Man of Law’s Tale,” 1894]
Also see discussion in Leo Spitzer, “Anglo-French Etymologies,” Philological Quarterly 24.23 (1945), and see OED entry for askance (adv.) for discussion of the mysterious ask- word cluster in English. Other guesses about the origin of askance include Old French a escone, from past participle of a word for “hidden;” Italian a scancio “obliquely, slantingly;” or that it is a cognate of askew.
see: look askance
with suspicion, mistrust, or disapproval: He looked askance at my offer. with a side glance; sidewise; obliquely. Historical Examples She was desperately conscious of me, watching me askant with the curiously commingled fear and trustfulness of a child. McClure’s Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908 Various Captain Jackman, in these few moments of pause […]
any of the class of synthetic, nonflammable, liquid dielectrics used chiefly for insulation in transformers.
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration. Historical Examples An hour or two ago he was a fugitive, practically unarmed, with nearly a score of askari hunting him down. Samba Herbert Strang It was just at this point that they met a party of askari marching in the other […]
a native African police officer or soldier, especially one serving a colonial administration. Historical Examples The askaris kept double guard; but at dawn eleven of the porters were missing. Sacrifice Stephen French Whitman We had four askaris, one of whom was the noisiest man I have ever heard. In Africa John T. McCutcheon Both porters […]