Main meanings of eyebrow-raising in English

: eyebrow-raising1eyebrow-raising2

eyebrow-raising1

Pronunciation /ˈʌɪbraʊˌreɪzɪŋ/

noun

  • The expression of censure, surprise, or scepticism; an instance of this. Compare to raise one's eyebrows.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Edmund Yates (1831–1894), journalist and novelist. From eyebrow + raising.

Main meanings of eyebrow-raising in English

: eyebrow-raising1eyebrow-raising2

eyebrow-raising2

Pronunciation /ˈʌɪbraʊˌreɪzɪŋ/

adjective

  • 1rare That expresses censure, surprise, or scepticism, especially habitually or frequently. Compare to raise one's eyebrows.

  • 2Surprising, shocking; causing disapproval or scepticism. Compare to raise eyebrows.

Origin

Early 20th century. From eyebrow + raising. Compare earlier to raise one's eyebrow(s) (or an eyebrow), eyebrow-raising.