Definition of quizzical in English:

quizzical

adjective

  • 1(of a person's expression or behaviour) indicating mild or amused puzzlement.

    ‘she gave me a quizzical look’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On his face is the most comical, quizzical expression, which is probably exactly how most of us would look if stuffed.’
    • ‘They have quizzical expressions, they're posed in awkward, falling-puppy positions.’
    • ‘He rolled the cigar in his fingers for a moment, then scrutinized his aide, his expression quizzical.’
    • ‘But if his rugby talent has rarely been questioned, his mental attitude has raised the odd quizzical eyebrow.’
    • ‘She played innocent though as she turned to look at him, arching an eyebrow with a quizzical expression.’
    • ‘He stood up and looked around curiously, a quizzical expression on his face.’
    • ‘Ten seconds later, I turned back, wondering at his silence, and he was looking back at me with a quizzical expression.’
    • ‘I recall the quizzical expressions of my classmates who wondered why an apparently healthy girl should suddenly report ill.’
    • ‘Often this is met with a quizzical expression and a demand for me to explain what I am asking them.’
    • ‘They have warmth and a slightly quizzical expression, as though she would like to answer my unspoken questions.’
    • ‘At my every punchline the nervous titters grow fewer, the expressions in the front row more furrowed and quizzical.’
    • ‘Theodore didn't say anything; he merely looked at David with a quizzical expression.’
    • ‘Now the mirror gives back this balding chap with a quizzical expression.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I almost had to laugh when I saw the quizzical expression on her face.’
    • ‘Her expression is pained, quizzical and defensive, as if expecting a tirade of criticism at every turn.’
    • ‘At the best of times, science leaves me with a quizzical expression on my face and a less than articulate ‘eh?’’
    • ‘Adele looked at him, a quizzical expression on her face.’
    • ‘He is also a friendly, decent man whose mild and quizzical gaze provides the movie's sole point of view.’
    puzzled, perplexed, baffled, questioning, enquiring, mystified, curious, sceptical
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    1. 1.1rare Amusingly odd or strange.
      ‘one of the most quizzical movies ever made’

Pronunciation

quizzical

/ˈkwɪzɪk(ə)l/