- 1[intransitive, transitive] to look at something with your eyes partly shut in order to keep out bright light or to see better to squint into the sun She was squinting through the keyhole. He squinted at the letter in his hand. The driver had to squint against the sun to see where he was going. squint something When he squinted his eyes, he could just make out a house in the distance. See related entries: Facial expressions
- 2[intransitive] (British English) (of an eye) to look in a different direction from the other eye His left eye squints a little. A squinting eye can be corrected by surgery.
- 3[intransitive] to have eyes that look in different directions Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘squinting’, as in squint-eyed): shortening of asquint.
BrE BrE//skwɪnt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɪnt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they squint
BrE BrE//skwɪnt//; NAmE NAmE//skwɪnt//he / she / it squints
BrE BrE//skwɪnts//; NAmE NAmE//skwɪnts//past simple squinted
BrE BrE//ˈskwɪntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɪntɪd//past participle squinted
BrE BrE//ˈskwɪntɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɪntɪd//-ing form squinting
BrE BrE//ˈskwɪntɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈskwɪntɪŋ//Facial expressions