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American Sign Language: "look-like"

The sign for "look-like" uses an index finger handshape that changes into a "Y" handshape. The "Y" handshape makes a slight side to side motion.  You start by either touching or just bringing the index finger near to the cheek beneath the eye and then doing an abbreviated version of the sign for "same."



Sample sentence: "Do you look like your dad?"




Here's that same sign again, shown carefully.  The "Y" hand uses a side to side sliding movement.


Also see: SAME

Also see: SEE

Also see: FACE


a) LOOKS-LIKE:  When I sign 'looks like' (to mean I see a similarity between two things or two people), I sign 'see' with my dominant index finger and then (near the outside corner of the dominant eye) I sign 'same-as/sort-of-like-a.' (as signed with a Y handshape).

b) looks-as-if-[SEEMS]:  looks as if; It appears that; Seems; It seems to me; apparently:  When I sign 'it looks as if' (as in: It looks as if it's going to snow') I sign: SNOW SEEMS MAYBE..

c)  looks-as-if-[COUNTENANCE]-[face]:  When I sign something like 'Susan looks as if she's been crying' I sign: SHE APPEARANCE-(dominant 5 handshape moves in a circle around the face), CRYING MAYBE.

Source:  Lyn Wiley (a Deaf ASL instructor).

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