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[kwiz-i-kuh l] /ˈkwɪz ɪ kəl/
odd, queer, or comical.
questioning or puzzled:
a quizzical expression on her face.
derisively questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing.
Origin of quizzical
First recorded in 1790-1800; quiz + -ical
Related forms
quizzicality, quizzicalness, noun
quizzically, adverb
unquizzical, adjective
unquizzically, adverb Unabridged
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  • So, he avoided her eyes as she stood by the window regarding him quizzically.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • "About ten thousand," his neighbour answered, glancing at him quizzically.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • He was looking at her quizzically, but with the liveliest appreciation.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • "Maybe I hadn't better come any more," she said quizzically.

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • "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
  • He spoke with a doubtful pretense of timidity, and looked at her quizzically.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Returning to the veranda he eyed Wade and Bronner quizzically.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • "May be she seems fairer, being strange," I hinted, quizzically.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Under the lamps of the Alameda McKildrick regarded him quizzically.

    The White Mice Richard Harding Davis
British Dictionary definitions for quizzically


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



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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