quizzical


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quiz·zi·cal

 (kwĭz′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Suggesting puzzlement; questioning.
2. Teasing; mocking: "His face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air" (Lawrence Durrell).
3. Eccentric; odd.

quiz′zi·cal′i·ty (-kăl′ĭ-tē) n.
quiz′zi·cal·ly adv.

quizzical

(ˈkwɪzɪkəl)
adj
questioning and mocking or supercilious: a quizzical look.
ˌquizziˈcality n
ˈquizzically adv

quiz•zi•cal

(ˈkwɪz ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. odd or comical.
2. questioning or puzzled: a quizzical expression on her face.
3. derisively questioning or ridiculing.
[1790–1800]
quiz`zi•cal′i•ty, n.
quiz′zi•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.quizzical - playfully vexing (especially by ridicule)quizzical - playfully vexing (especially by ridicule); "his face wore a somewhat quizzical almost impertinent air"- Lawrence Durrell
playful - full of fun and high spirits; "playful children just let loose from school"
2.quizzical - perplexed (as if being expected to know something that you do not know); "he had a quizzical expression"
perplexed - full of difficulty or confusion or bewilderment; "perplexed language"; "perplexed state of the world"

quizzical

adjective mocking, questioning, inquiring, curious, arch, teasing, bantering, sardonic, derisive, supercilious He gave Robin a mildly quizzical glare.
Translations

quizzical

[ˈkwɪzɪkəl] ADJ [glance] → burlón, socarrón

quizzical

[ˈkwɪzɪkəl] adj [look, glance, smile] → narquois(e)

quizzical

adj
(= knowing, shrewd) air, lookfragend; smilezweifelnd; facewissend, gewitzt
(= odd)eigenartig, drollig

quizzical

[ˈkwɪzɪkl] adj (glance) → interrogativo/a (e beffardo/a)
References in classic literature ?
His smile showed the strong teeth of which his wife was so proud, and as he saw me his lively, quizzical eyes told me that he knew all about me.
As I had turned to receive the dead warrior's chattels I had noticed that Tars Tarkas and several others had pushed forward toward us, and the eyes of the former rested upon me in a most quizzical manner.
Presently she sat down by us, touched lightly Dominic's curly head silvered on the temples (she couldn't really help it), gazed at me for a while with a quizzical smile, observed that I looked very tired, and asked Dominic whether for all that I was likely to sleep soundly to-night.
Tarzan looked at the girl, a quizzical expression upon his face.
"You fight in platinum and diamonds?" asked Tara, indicating his gorgeous trappings with a quizzical smile.
Perhaps she flushed the least little bit, for was not the count, her husband, gazing at her with a strangely quizzical expression.
"Where did you learn all this sort of thing?" he asked with a quizzical look.
The Story Girl joined us with a quizzical smile on her face.
His jaws slightly parted, his lips lifted a little, and a quizzical expression that was more love than humour came into his eyes.
"I don't know whether I like you or not," replied Edna, gazing down at the little woman with a quizzical look.
And I shall play tennis and go to tea-parties." He interrupted himself and gave Philip, very neatly dressed, with a clean collar on and his hair well-brushed, a quizzical look.
"Then are you so certain that your roulette-playing will get us out of our difficulties?" she inquired with a quizzical smile.