What does squint mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. strabismus, squintnoun

    abnormal alignment of one or both eyes

  2. squintadjective

    the act of squinting; looking with the eyes partly closed

  3. askance, askant, asquint, squint, squint-eyed, squinty, sidelongverb

    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy

    "her eyes with their misted askance look"- Elizabeth Bowen; "sidelong glances"

  4. squint, squinchverb

    cross one's eyes as if in strabismus

    "The children squinted so as to scare each other"

  5. squintverb

    be cross-eyed; have a squint or strabismus

  6. squintverb

    partly close one's eyes, as when hit by direct blinding light

    "The driver squinted as the sun hit his windshield"


  1. Squintverb

    To look with the eyes partly closed.


  1. squintnoun

    An expression in which the eyes are partly closed.

  2. squintnoun

    The look of eyes which are turned in different directions, like in strabismus.

    He looks handsome although he's got a slight squint.

  3. squintnoun

    A quick or sideways glance.

  4. squintnoun

    A short look.

  5. squintnoun

    A hagioscope.

  6. squintnoun

    The angle by which the transmission signal is offset from the normal of a phased array antenna.

  7. squintverb

    To look with the eyes partly closed, as in bright sunlight, or as a threatening expression

    The children squinted to frighten each other.

  8. squintverb

    To look or glance sideways

  9. squintverb

    To look with, or have eyes that are turned in different directions; to suffer from strabismus.

  10. squintverb

    To be not quite straight, off-centred. Most famous is the acclaimed "squinty" bridge in Glasgow. This term may be peculiarly Scottish.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SQUINTadjective

    Looking obliquely; looking not directly; looking suspiciously.

    Etymology: squinte, Dutch, oblique, transverse.

    Where an equal poise of hope and fear
    Does arbitrate the event, my nature is
    That I incline to hope rather than fear,
    And gladly banish squint suspicion. John Milton.

  2. To Squintverb

    This is the foul Flibertigibbet; he gives the web and the pin, squints the eye, and makes the hairlip. William Shakespeare.

    Perkin began already to squint one eye upon the crown, and another upon the sanctuary. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

  3. To Squintverb

    To look obliquely; to look not in a direct line of vision.

    Some can squint when they will; and children set upon a table with a candle behind them, both eyes will move outwards, as affecting to see the light, and so induce squinting. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Not a period of this epistle but squints towards another over against it. Alexander Pope.


  1. Squint

    Squinting is the action of looking at something with partially closed eyes.Squinting is most often practiced by people who suffer from refractive errors of the eye who either do not have or are not using their glasses. Squinting helps momentarily improve their eyesight by slightly changing the shape of the eye to make it rounder, which helps light properly reach the fovea. Squinting also decreases the amount of light entering the eye, making it easier to focus on what the observer is looking at by removing rays of light which enter the eye at an angle and would need to otherwise be focused by the observer's faulty lens and cornea.Pinhole glasses, which severely restrict the amount of light entering the cornea, have the same effect as squinting.It is a common belief that squinting worsens eyesight. However, according to Robert MacLaren, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Oxford, this is nothing more than an old wives' tale: the only damage that can be caused by squinting for long periods is a temporary headache due to prolonged contraction of the facial muscles. Squinting is also a common involuntary reflex, especially among people with light colored eyes, during adaptation to a sudden change in lighting such as when one goes from a dark room to outdoors on a sunny day to avoid pain or discomfort of the eyes. The pupillary light reflex caused by adjustment to light takes around five minutes in people with healthy eyes, so squinting and pain after that could be a sign of photophobia.


  1. squint

    Squint generally refers to a condition where the eyes do not align properly causing them to look in different directions. In a broader context, it can also mean to look with the eyes partly closed, or look with narrow or half-closed eyes, often to focus more clearly or shield from light. It might also be used to suggest suspicion, disapproval or close scrutiny.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Squintadjective

    looking obliquely. Specifically (Med.), not having the optic axes coincident; -- said of the eyes. See Squint, n., 2

  2. Squintnoun

    fig.: Looking askance

  3. Squintverb

    to see or look obliquely, asquint, or awry, or with a furtive glance

  4. Squintverb

    to have the axes of the eyes not coincident; -- to be cross-eyed

  5. Squintverb

    to deviate from a true line; to run obliquely

  6. Squintverb

    to turn to an oblique position; to direct obliquely; as, to squint an eye

  7. Squintverb

    to cause to look with noncoincident optic axes

  8. Squintnoun

    the act or habit of squinting

  9. Squintnoun

    a want of coincidence of the axes of the eyes; strabismus

  10. Squintnoun

    same as Hagioscope

  11. Etymology: [Cf. D. schuinte a slope, schuin, schuinsch, sloping, oblique, schuins slopingly. Cf. Askant, Askance, Asquint.]


  1. Squint

    Squint was the 1993 critically acclaimed return of Steve Taylor as a solo artist after his stint as the lead singer of Chagall Guevara. Highlights of the album include "The Lament of Desmond RG Underwood Frederick IV," "Easy Listening," "Jesus is for Losers," "The Finish Line," "Bannerman," and "Curses." It was the last studio album released by Steve Taylor as a solo artist. It peaked at position 17 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Album Chart.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Squint

    skwint, adj. looking obliquely: having the vision distorted.—v.i. to look obliquely: to have the vision distorted.—v.t. to cause to squint.—n. act or habit of squinting: an oblique look: distortion of vision: a hagioscope, a narrow aperture cut in the wall of a church (generally about two feet wide) to enable persons standing in the side-chapels, &c., to see the elevation of the host at the high-altar.—n. Squint′-eye, an eye that squints.—adj. Squint′-eyed, looking obliquely: oblique, malignant.—n. Squint′ing, technically Strabismus, a common deformity which may be defined as a want of parallelism in the visual axes, when the patient endeavours to direct both eyes to an object at the same time.—adv. Squint′ingly. [Scand.; Sw. svinka, to shrink, a nasalised form of svika, to fail.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of squint in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of squint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of squint in a Sentence

  1. James Trussell:

    You have to squint really hard to make much of the movement (in the unintended pregnancy rate) over the last 20 years until now, this is an extremely welcome decline.

  2. André Breton:

    To speak of God, to think of God, is in every respect to show what one is made of. I have always wagered against God and I regard the little that I have won in this world as simply the outcome of this bet. However paltry may have been the stake (my life) I am conscious of having won to the full. Everything that is doddering, squint-eyed, vile, polluted and grotesque is summoned up for me in that one word: God!

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  • mžourat, šilhat, mhouřitCzech
  • schielen, blinzeln, StrabismusGerman
  • αλληθωρίζωGreek
  • bizquear, mirar de soslayo, estrabismo, entrecerrar, bizcarSpanish
  • [[vilkaista]] [[sivulle]], [[silmät]] [[sirrissä]], vilkuilla, [[vetää]] [[kieroon]], olla [[kiero]], vilkaisu, karsastus, siristää, [[kääntää]] [[vinoon]], [[olla]] [[vinossa]], katsoa kieroon, siristellä, karsastaaFinnish
  • loucher, louvoyer, plisser les yeux, strabisme, plissement des yeuxFrench
  • spleuchd, claon, fiarScottish Gaelic
  • bandzsít, kancsalság, bandzsítás, kancsalít, hunyorítHungarian
  • 藪睨み, 一瞥, 斜視, 目を細めて見るJapanese
  • keo, karapa, keko, kārepaMāori
  • myse, plire, glireNorwegian
  • gluren, loensen, scheelkijkenDutch
  • plire, myse, glireNorwegian Nynorsk
  • [[mrużyć]] [[oczy]]Polish
  • vesguear, vesguice, semicerrar, [[olhar]] [[de soslaio]]Portuguese
  • se chiorîRomanian
  • коситься, прищуриться, покоситься, смотреть украдкой, косоглазие, смотреть искоса, прищур, щуриться, косить, жмуриться, косой взглядRussian
  • škiljitiSerbo-Croatian
  • snegla, skela, kisaSwedish
  • เหล่Thai
  • cái nhìn xiênVietnamese

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