how to pronounce askance


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the above transcription of askance is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

askance is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of askance in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… of my colleagues looked askance and …”

meanings of askance


  1. Sideways; obliquely.
  2. With disapproval, skepticism, or suspicion.


  1. To turn (one's eye or gaze) to the side.
  2. To look at (someone or something) with a sideways glance.


  1. Turned to the side, especially of the eyes.

askance frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word askance occurs in english on average 0.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics askance can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that askance can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to askance


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