quiz·​zi·​cal | \ ˈkwi-zi-kəl How to pronounce quizzical (audio) \

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

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Other Words from quizzical

quizzicality \ ˌkwi-​zə-​ˈka-​lə-​tē How to pronounce quizzicality (audio) \ noun
quizzically \ ˈkwi-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce quizzically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of quizzical in a Sentence

He gave me a quizzical look. There was a quizzical expression on his face. She raised a quizzical eyebrow when she saw what he was wearing.
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Recent Examples on the Web Doge, an image of a quizzical Shiba Inu overlaid with fragments of English in multicolored comic sans typeface. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "What is Dogecoin?," 9 July 2020 Using a tissue or pen to press an elevator button would hardly garner a quizzical look. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "A Glimpse of the Coronavirus’s Possible Legacy," 18 Mar. 2020 There’s Frankenstein with an afro, bolts in his neck and a quizzical look. oregonlive, "Covers of classic novels like ‘Frankenstein’ reimagined for Black History Month; backlash quickly follows," 6 Feb. 2020 Trust me: This meowvie is worth your time thanks to its quizzical costuming, its focus on outrageous musical numbers over plot substance and overall desire to not take itself too seriously. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "In defense of 'Cats': Critics, keep your paws off this holiday surprise," 23 Dec. 2019 Lithgow deserves credit for giving Ailes some diabolical charisma, and Theron really gets Megyn Kelly — her intelligence, her poise, the tilt of her head, her low, quizzical voice. Kyle Smith, National Review, "A Feeble Fox News Attack at the Movies," 10 Dec. 2019 Alongside a video of himself listening to the song with a quizzical look on his face, Chmerkovskiy pointed out that the rapper’s wife Kim Kardashian West competed on the show over a decade ago. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Kanye West Disses DWTS in New Song — and Val Chmerkovskiy Includes Kim Kardashian in His Response," 26 Oct. 2019 His pants split before the game, leaving him walking around the locker room in dress shirt and underwear, drawing quizzical looks from players. BostonGlobe.com, "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Then, in a split second, the music and their expressions change to quizzical. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD professor Anthony Davis’ opera ‘The Central Park Five’ goes where Netflix doesn’t dare," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of quizzical

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quizzical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quizzical. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce quizzical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of quizzical

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


quiz·​zi·​cal | \ ˈkwi-zi-kəl How to pronounce quizzical (audio) \

Kids Definition of quizzical

: showing doubt, puzzlement, or curiosity a quizzical look

Other Words from quizzical

quizzically \ -​zi-​klē , -​zi-​kə-​lē \ adverb

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