Meaning of squint

squint

Pronunciation: (skwint), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to look with the eyes partly closed.
  2. to be affected with strabismus; be cross-eyed.
  3. to look or glance obliquely or sidewise; look askance.
  4. to make or have an indirect reference to or bearing on; tend or incline toward (usually fol. by toward, at, etc.).
—v.t.
  1. to close (the eyes) partly in looking: The baby squinted its eyes at the bright lights.
  2. to cause to squint; cause to look obliquely.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of squinting.
  2. a condition of the eye consisting in noncoincidence of the optic axes; strabismus.
  3. a quick glance: Let me have a squint at that paper.
  4. a looking obliquely or askance.
  5. an indirect reference.
  6. an inclination or tendency, esp. an oblique or perverse one.
  7. Also called(in a church) a small opening in a wall giving a view of the altar.
—adj.
  1. looking obliquely; looking with a side glance; looking askance.
  2. (of the eyes) affected with strabismus.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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