Definitions

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  • adj. Like a sphinx, or like that of a sphinx.
  • adj. Mysterious; scheming; having a deceptive outward appearance

Etymologies

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sphinx +‎ -like

Examples

  • Kennedy stood sphinxlike, refusing to yield her position.

    American Assassin

  • The girl said nothing . . . just kept staring at him with a small, sphinxlike grin.

    The Half Life

  • A woman in a striped robe stands at the table, her back hunched in stony reverie; Bonnard renders her monumental, sphinxlike.

    The 20th Century's Vermeer, or a Masturbatory Hack?

  • Anna Wintour and her Chanel sunglasses ruled sphinxlike in the front row.

    Holly Would Dream

  • As for Gore, he's maintaining his sphinxlike silence.

    Capitol Letter: House Not On Fire

  • Pepsi stretches out into a sphinxlike position, with his backside up in the air and his front legs stretched forward.

    Rescuing Sprite

  • Seen from the air, the signs, and the edifices of the colorful, monolithic, monstrous 5,000-room hotels, the bright green facade of the MGM Grand with its sphinxlike entrance, or the fairy-tale magic towers of the Excalibur, or the black modern-day pyramid of the Luxor which if it were night would project a single white beam of light from its pointy apex to the heavens, can stir the blood of even the most jaded sophisticate.

    TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

  • On a thorough circumnavigation, we did decide that St. Anne's massed somewhat sphinxlike, or as James put it, "had a certain look of guardianship about it."

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • Even now, when the attendant roused him from the shower floor and handed him his damp underclothes and money belt, he did so with the same sphinxlike vacancy of feeling he exhibited when bleach-mopping the urine trough.

    Heaven Lake

  • Phil Sutcliffe is sphinxlike, and my brother, who now sports an awful mustache, thinks we're crap.

    Broken Music, A Memoir

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