Definition of expectantly in English:



  • With an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good.

    ‘she waited expectantly for his answer’
    ‘he looked expectantly at his friend’
    • ‘He folded his arms across his chest and stared expectantly at his boss, who was staring back with an expression of suspicion on his face.’
    • ‘Clutching a photocopied imprint of his face as my guide, I spot him hovering expectantly near the bar at Pastis, a French bistro in Manhattan's trendy Meat Packing District.’
    • ‘They stood expectantly by the kerbside, and they stared with eager anticipation along the street.’
    • ‘Everyone in the Australian music business has been expectantly waiting to see if Delta could repeat her phenomenal local success in the UK.’
    • ‘Expectantly, Anna Reynolds regarded the young lady.’
    • ‘I stood in front of him and waited expectantly.’
    • ‘A woman hurried out from another room, wiping her hands on her apron, and smiled expectantly at him.’
    • ‘Mr. Gardiner looked expectantly at the girls across the dinner table.’
    • ‘He sat expectantly, mostly silently, while we wrote, read what we had written, commented to each other about our writing.’
    • ‘They gazed up eagerly, expectantly, cheekily.’