quizzical 1789, from quiz "odd or eccentric person" (1782), of unknown origin (see QUIZ (Cf. quiz)).

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  • Quizzical — Quiz zic*al (kw[i^]z z[i^]*kal), a. Relating to quizzing; given to quizzing; of the nature of a quiz; farcical; sportive. [1913 Webster] {Quiz zic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quizzical — index inquisitive, interrogative, ironic, skeptical, suspicious (distrustful) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • quizzical — [adj] appearing confused or curious amusing, aporetic, arch, bantering, derisive, disbelieving, eccentric, incredulous, inquiring, inquisitive, mocking, odd, probing, quaint, queer, questioning, sardonic, searching, showme*, skeptical,… …   New thesaurus

  • quizzical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ indicating mild or amused puzzlement. DERIVATIVES quizzicality noun quizzically adverb quizzicalness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • quizzical — [kwiz′i kəl] adj. [< QUIZ + IC + AL] 1. odd; comical 2. teasing; bantering 3. perplexed; questioning quizzicality [quiz′zikal′ə tē] n. quizzically adv …   English World dictionary

  • quizzical — adjective Date: 1797 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 > • quizzicality noun • quizzically …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quizzical — quiz|zi|cal [ˈkwızıkəl] adj a quizzical expression is one that shows that you do not understand something and perhaps think it is slightly amusing a quizzical look/expression/smile ▪ He sat and watched her, a quizzical look on his face.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quizzical — [[t]kwɪ̱zɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n If you give someone a quizzical look or smile, you look at them in a way that shows that you are surprised or amused by their behaviour. He gave Robin a mildly quizzical glance. Derived words:… …   English dictionary

  • quizzical — quizzicality, quizzicalness, n. quizzically, adv. /kwiz i keuhl/, adj. 1. odd, queer, or comical. 2. questioning or puzzled: a quizzical expression on her face. 3. derisively questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing. [1790 1800; QUIZ + ICAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • quizzical — adj. Quizzical is used with these nouns: ↑expression, ↑eyebrow, ↑glance, ↑look …   Collocations dictionary

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