quizzical

adjective quiz·zi·cal \ ˈkwi-zi-kəl \

Definition of quizzical

1 :comically quaint
  • a quizzical old man
2 :mildly teasing or mocking
  • a quizzical remark
3 :expressive of puzzlement, curiosity, or disbelief
  • raised a quizzical eyebrow

quizzicality

play \ˌkwi-zə-ˈka-lə-tē\ noun

quizzically

play \ˈkwi-zi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of quizzical in a Sentence

  1. He gave me a quizzical look.

  2. There was a quizzical expression on his face.

  3. She raised a quizzical eyebrow when she saw what he was wearing.

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First Known Use of quizzical

1797


QUIZZICAL Defined for English Language Learners

quizzical

adjective

Definition of quizzical for English Language Learners

  • : showing that you do not understand something or that you find something strange or amusing


QUIZZICAL Defined for Kids

quizzical

adjective quiz·zi·cal \ ˈkwi-zi-kəl \

Definition of quizzical for Students

:showing doubt, puzzlement, or curiosity
  • a quizzical look

quizzically

\-zi-klē, -zi-kə-lē\ adverb


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