quizzical

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj quizzical perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know) "he had a quizzical expression"
    • adj quizzical playfully vexing (especially by ridicule) "his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Quizzical Relating to quizzing; given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quizzical Characteristic of a quiz; bantering; teasing; shy; queer: as, a quizzical look or remark.
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Usage

In literature:

Perry turned to find a reporter, Hamilton by name, peering at him quizzically.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
He faced her again, a little quizzical, a little confused and at a loss.
"Franklin Kane" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
After a time Allison raised quizzical eyes to Caleb's face.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Kendric made his second throw and lifted his eyebrows quizzically at the result.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
The other turned a quizzical look upon him.
"Boy Scouts on a Long Hike" by Archibald Lee Fletcher
His eyebrows lifting quizzically.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
I stood, gazing after her, unconscious of Dr. Frank, who was watching me with his quizzical smile.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
The quizzical patronage had gone from his, the gleam of a subdued defiance taken its place.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
I held her off at arm's length and looked her over quizzically.
"The Lost Valley" by J. M. Walsh
He thanked her, smiling down at her quizzically.
"The Quirt" by B.M. Bower
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In poetry:

But on his face an expression
Of quizzical study lay,
As if he were sounding the angel
Who traveled with him that day,
And laying the pipes down slyly for an argument on the way.
"Uncle Sammy" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

My colleague and fellow blogger Burt Helm, who is substantially younger than me, looked up yesterday with a quizzical expression.
Mention a visit to Montserrat and you can expect quizzical expressions.
Exercise, a chore or bore to many, a passion for some, receives quizzical attention tonight on the History Channel.
Waris Ahluwalia — best known for his roles in Wes Anderson movies and his House of Waris jewelry line — looked at us quizzically at Saturday's Elise Overland presentation, as though trying to remember if he'd met us before.
Quizzical Prospective Students Search for 'That Feeling'.
Nell Blaine's Quizzical Abstractions Reward Us.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've gotten a quizzical look from a waitress or waiter when I answered "No" when asked if I wanted coffee while I waited for my food.
He has an open face, an easy laugh and is prone to a quizzical, smiling expression that's at once friendly and disarming.
One of his star players, who rarely questions anything an elder says or does, gave him a quizzical look.
Ask someone about edging, and you might get a quizzical look.
Vitamin D gets frequent testing, but the results are a bit quizzical.
The sign above the front door shows him quizzically contemplating a spilled mug of beer.
Quirky , quizzical 'Quidam.
Arts and Culture Quirky , quizzical 'Quidam.
Ask ten people if they use bath salts and most of them will look at you quizzically.
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