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 quizzical (audio) \ noun
quizzically \ ˈkwi-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce quizzical (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 After a long pandemic pause, the cobalt trio of quizzical drummers, pain splatters and marshmallow crunchers has returned. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 23 Aug. 2021 The better-looking brother gave her a quizzical look. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 20 Aug. 2021 Some enthusiastic supporters also draw quizzical looks for claims that the technology has the potential to create beneficial societal changes and total freedom from central banking powers. Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2021 Jordan has a quizzical look on his face with his palms raised toward the sky. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2021 Lydia Jacoby is used to quizzical looks and puzzled curiosity. Alice Park, Time, 27 July 2021 Davies-Carr compares the eyebrow-raising at NFTs today to the quizzical early responses to British graffiti artist Banksy early in his career. Raisa Bruner, Time, 22 May 2021 Plus, Field says, the #MeToo movement prompted lots of people to raise a quizzical eyebrow at hugs in the workplace. Washington Post, 15 May 2021 Landeskog recounted of Andre Burakovsky's quizzical glance. Star Tribune, 11 May 2021

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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 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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