quizzical

[ kwiz-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈkwɪz ɪ kəl /

adjective

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 formsquiz·zi·cal·i·ty, quiz·zi·cal·ness, nounquiz·zi·cal·ly, adverbun·quiz·zi·cal, adjectiveun·quiz·zi·cal·ly, adverb
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quizzical

/ (ˈkwɪzɪkəl) /

adjective

questioning and mocking or superciliousa quizzical look
Derived Formsquizzicality, nounquizzically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for quizzical

quizzical


adj.

1789, from quiz "odd or eccentric person" (1782), of unknown origin (see quiz (n.)) + -ical. Related: Quizzically.

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