sken

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Obscure origin, possibly related to askance.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

sken (third-person singular simple present skens, present participle skenning, simple past and past participle skenned)

  1. (Northern England) to squint
    • 1989, Marie Joseph, A World Apart, page 344:
      She's about seventy and skens like a basket of whelks, but she's as good as any doctor.
    • 1861, Edwin Waugh, "The Birtle Carter's Tale About Owd Bodle":
      He skens ill enough to crack a lookin'-glass.
  2. to glance

References[edit]

  1. ^ “sken” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.

Old Saxon[edit]

Verb[edit]

skēn

  1. 1st and 3rd person past indicative form of skinan

Swedish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sken n

  1. an appearance; guise
    skenet bedrar
    the appearance may fool you
  2. a (strong) light
    månens matta sken
    the dim light of the moon
  3. bolting

Declension[edit]

Related terms[edit]

Verb[edit]

sken

  1. past tense of skina.