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[sur-ching] /ˈsɜr tʃɪŋ/
examining carefully or thoroughly:
a searching inspection.
acutely observant or penetrating:
a searching glance; a searching mind.
piercing or sharp:
a searching wind.
Origin of searching
First recorded in 1570-80; search + -ing2
Related forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
self-searching, adjective, noun
unsearching, adjective
unsearchingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • He took her face in his hands, lifted it, and his eyes met hers searchingly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He looked me over now, searchingly and with a glance of mingled curiosity and anger.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She continued to look at him, wistfully, searchingly, gently.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Long and searchingly Rose-Red looked at him, then seized his hand.

  • Joe turned and looked at me searchingly, with a trace of that old affection of his.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • He looked at Hermione swiftly, searchingly, then dropped his eyes.

    A Spirit in Prison Robert Hichens
  • She conned him searchingly, and the complete calm of him at such a time amazed her.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • She looked at him searchingly, as if trying to see whether he spoke in earnest.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • The tone of these words was so extraordinary that I looked at him searchingly.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • He was carefully and searchingly examined by that shrewd committee.

British Dictionary definitions for searchingly


keenly penetrating: a searching look
Derived Forms
searchingly, adverb
searchingness, noun
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