MEANING: adverb:
1. With suspicion or disapproval.
2. With a side glance.

ETYMOLOGY: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1530.

MASKANCE - the degree of obscuration or concealment

ASH-KANCE - what the Super puts burnt-out coal in, to be picked up at curbside Monday mornings

ASKANCEK - a fictional island off the cost of Siberia (from a satirical novel by Tolstoy)

ASK ANNE - early candidate for the name of Eppie Lederer's advice column.
See also ASK ONCE