Adjective "quizzical" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a person's expression or behaviour) indicating mild or amused puzzlement.
  1. 'The Finn never rose to the bait, either feigning an inability to understand the question or flat-batting inquiries with a quizzical shrug and a nondescript answer.'
  2. 'But if his rugby talent has rarely been questioned, his mental attitude has raised the odd quizzical eyebrow.'
  3. 'At my every punchline the nervous titters grow fewer, the expressions in the front row more furrowed and quizzical.'
  4. 'He has aged remarkably little, he wears the same white shirt, and the face has the same quizzical expression today as it did in 1965.'
  5. 'Now the mirror gives back this balding chap with a quizzical expression.'
  6. 'Adele looked at him, a quizzical expression on her face.'
  7. 'They have warmth and a slightly quizzical expression, as though she would like to answer my unspoken questions.'
  8. 'They have quizzical expressions, they're posed in awkward, falling-puppy positions.'
  9. 'She played innocent though as she turned to look at him, arching an eyebrow with a quizzical expression.'
  10. 'On his face is the most comical, quizzical expression, which is probably exactly how most of us would look if stuffed.'
  11. 'one of the most quizzical movies ever made'


1. odd, queer, or comical.

2. questioning or puzzled: a quizzical expression on her face.

3. derisively questioning, ridiculing, or chaffing.

More examples(as adjective)

"officers can be quizzical about agendas."

"looks can be quizzical."

"expressions can be quizzical."

"faces can be quizzical."

"smiles can be quizzical."

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