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Definition with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion


directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
  • He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
  • But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance
     Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • askance = with distrust or suspicion
  • Her beautiful eyes glanced askance at her husband's face...
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Danglars looked at him askance, as though to ascertain whether he spoke seriously.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • A passing septon was looking at her askance.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Accordingly, Olivier le Mauvais remained motionless, sulking at the king, and glancing askance at Jacques Coictier.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He looked askance at my luggage-less state, but then shrugged, not caring enough to ask.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Javert gazed askance at this body, and, profoundly calm, said in a low tone: "It strikes me that I know that girl."
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The turnkey looked askance at her all the while, but never spoke.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Are you going to stop wearing what all the other women wear—and be looked at askance?
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Every householder looked askance at such a woman and child inquiring for accommodation in the gloom.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Carrie looked at him askance, half-suspicious of an appeal.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The woman—for it was a woman—approached with her face askance, as if looking earnestly on all sides of her.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • For all that he was displeased enough, looked at me askance, and grumbled when he looked.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • Osmond looked at him a moment askance.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • She suspects the motives of all mainlanders, looks askance at their apparent acts of goodwill.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • She appears to be at ease with the comparison, looking comically askance at Gogol.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • And so the king askance came to Sir Tristram, to comfort him as he lay sick in his bed.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • He eyed Bumble askance, as he entered, but scarcely deigned to nod his head in acknowledgment of his salutation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Eugene looked askance at a flower seller: where had the seasons gone?
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

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