Word of the Day:

askance :


adverb1 : with a side-glance : obliquely 2 : with disapproval or distrust :scornfully 

Rebecca‘s children looked askanceat her when she suggested they turnoff their electronic devices and go play outside in the nice weather

Wellmandolin players tend to lookaskance at ukulelesbecause we’re often asked if that little guitar-lookingthing is a ukulele. ‘No, it’s a mandolin!'” — Geoff HowesBG News (Bowling Green StateUniversity), April 5, 2015

Did you know?
Etymologists have been scratchingtheir heads over the origin of askance for centuriesSources fromItalian and Old Norseamong otherlanguageshave been suggested, but, todaydictionary editors lookaskance at all of these explanationsand simply label the word “originunknown.” What we do know is thatthe word was first used in English in the mid-16th century with the meaning “sideways” or “with a sideways glance,” and that writersover the years have used the suggestion of someone lookingaskance at something to express a number of feelings from disapprovaland distrust to jealousy.


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