quiz·​zi·​cal ˈkwi-zi-kəl How to pronounce quizzical (audio)
: comically quaint
a quizzical old man
: mildly teasing or mocking
a quizzical remark
: expressive of puzzlement, curiosity, or disbelief
raised a quizzical eyebrow
quizzicality noun
quizzically 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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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quizzical was in 1797

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“Quizzical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quizzical. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


quiz·​zi·​cal ˈkwiz-i-kəl How to pronounce quizzical (audio)
: teasing in a good-natured way
: showing doubt in a good-natured way
: showing puzzlement or curiosity
quizzically adverb

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