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quizzical

[kwiz-i-kuh l] /ˈkwɪz ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
odd, queer, or comical.
2.
questioning or puzzled:
a quizzical expression on her face.
3.
derisively questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing.
Origin of quizzical
1790-1800
1790-1800; quiz + -ical
Related forms
quizzicality, quizzicalness, noun
quizzically, adverb
unquizzical, adjective
unquizzically, adverb
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  • "May be she seems fairer, being strange," I hinted, quizzically.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • So, he avoided her eyes as she stood by the window regarding him quizzically.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He regarded Holden quizzically to see how the last phases affected him.

    Operation: Outer Space William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • "Maybe I hadn't better come any more," she said quizzically.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "You speak as though you had some forebodings regarding Tomba, or Tomba and his friend," smiled Hal quizzically.

  • "These are not the men who want to do something for Ireland," said the other, quizzically.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly Charles James Lever
  • Tommy regarded her quizzically, opened her mouth to speak, then closed her lips.

  • He spoke with a doubtful pretense of timidity, and looked at her quizzically.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Harley glanced at me quizzically, but said nothing until the Cinderella came stumbling downstairs again.

    Tales of Chinatown Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for quizzically

quizzical

/ˈkwɪzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
questioning and mocking or supercilious: a quizzical look
Derived Forms
quizzicality, noun
quizzically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quizzically

quizzical

adj.

1789, from quiz "odd or eccentric person" (1782), of unknown origin (see quiz (n.)) + -ical. Related: Quizzically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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