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.
“Well, mandolin players tend to lookaskance at ukuleles, because we’re often asked if that little guitar-lookingthing is a ukulele. ‘No, it’s a mandolin!'” — Geoff Howes, BG News (Bowling Green StateUniversity), April 5, 2015
Did you know?
Etymologists have been scratchingtheir heads over the origin of askance for centuries. Sources fromItalian and Old Norse, among otherlanguages, have been suggested, but, today, dictionary 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.