Trel (trellia_chan) wrote in 1word1day,

Wednesday word: askance

askance: [uh-skans]


1. With disapproval, mistrust, or suspicion. Scornfully. She looked askance at the fine print on the contract.

2. With a side glance. Sidewise. Obliquely. The writer looked askance at the wall clock as he finished the last paragraph.

Obsure origin, but first known use 1520-1530, previously a scanche, a scance, a scaunce.

I'm not sure I like this word.  Seems like there are plenty of more attractive ways to get these ideas across.
Tags: a, adverb, unknown origin, wordsmith: trellia_chan

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