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 formssearch·ing·ly, adverbsearch·ing·ness, nounself-search·ing, adjective, nounun·search·ing, adjectiveun·search·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for searchingly

Historical Examples of searchingly

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for searchingly



keenly penetratinga searching look
Derived Formssearchingly, adverbsearchingness, noun
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