Today’s English word of the day is an idiom: look askance. Keep reading to learn the meaning of ‘look askance’, hear the pronunciation, and read two examples of the vocabulary in use. With each English word of the day, I only focus on one definition. To see every meaning of the word, check out its entry in the Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries or in the Merriam-Webster Learner’s Dictionary.
look askance (at someone): to look at or react to someone with suspicion or doubt, or in a critical way
American English Pronunciation: /lʊk əˈskæns/
😳: Who is that woman over there? She’s been looking askance at me ever since I came in!
🙄: I have no idea, but I think she’s probably just not a fan of your mohawk. Don’t pay her any mind.
😩: I wish our father would be a little more civil to our boyfriends. Jeff tried to shake his hand, but he just looked askance at him and then walked out of the room.
😂: I don’t see that happening! Dad has never thought any of our boyfriends were good enough for us.
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And just for fun… One of my all-time favorite comedians is Larry David. He is a master of looking askance at people! 😅
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Definition source: Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries.
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