American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Suggesting puzzlement; questioning.
- adj. Teasing; mocking: "His face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air” ( Lawrence Durrell).
- adj. Eccentric; odd.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characteristic of a quiz; bantering; teasing; shy; queer: as, a quizzical look or remark.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relating to quizzing; given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive.
- adj. perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know)
- adj. playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)
“She opened her eyes to find him peering down at her, his expression quizzical.”
“And because the Huskies don't travel to the Bay Area this season, a win like this would have been like scoring the word "quizzical" in Scrabble.”
“His expression was quizzical and slightly concerned.”
“He recalled the quizzical looks he got from batters when the sinker came in hard like a fastball and then broke downward.”
“Quietly rubbing against the grain of contemporary painting, this kind of quizzical, intimate work is a thing to be cherished.”
“The Geekette, what was her name, Phoebe? sat up a little straighter, tensing slightly, then favoured him with a raised eyebrow that could only be called "quizzical".”
“When it became clear to him that he appeared for the moment to have nothing to fear from the eagle, who was merely regarding him with a kind of quizzical, blinking doubt, he sat up, and then slowly dragged himself back to his feet and wiped and smaacked some of the dirt off his coat.”
“The baby’s feathered face can be remarkably expressive: it is wearing what can only be described as a quizzical look: What’s this?”
“It simply gazed back with a kind of quizzical pity on its lean features under the scrutiny of eyes so deep, so meaningful, so desolate, and yet so indomitably courageous.”
“You say to an Irishman, "Pat! what will you take and sit on the spire of St. James 'Cathedral all night?" and he looks at you in a kind of quizzical way and says: -- "Shure and be jabbers I'll take a bad cold.”
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