quizzical

[ kwiz-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈkwɪz ɪ kəl /

adjective

odd, queer, or comical.
questioning or puzzled: a quizzical expression on her face.
derisively questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing.

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Origin of quizzical

First recorded in 1790–1800; quiz + -ical

OTHER WORDS FROM quizzical

quiz·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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British Dictionary definitions for quizzical

quizzical
/ (ˈkwɪzɪkəl) /

adjective

questioning and mocking or superciliousa quizzical look

Derived forms of quizzical

quizzicality, nounquizzically, adverb
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