- an informal test or examination of a student or class.
- a questioning.
- a practical joke; a hoax.
- Chiefly British. an eccentric, often odd-looking person.
- to examine or test (a student or class) informally by questions.
- to question closely: The police quizzed several suspects.
- Chiefly British. to make fun of; ridicule; mock; chaff.
Origin of quiz
Examples from the Web for quizzed
Over 2,000 people were quizzed on their attitudes toward androids—with less than favorable results.Poll Finds 1 in 5 People Would Have Sex With a Robot
May 7, 2014
When I quizzed them privately, two students explained that the volume of their loans was a source of profound shame.NYU Professor: Are Student Loans Immoral?
September 27, 2012
Today both Michel and Smith were quizzed under oath by counsel to the Leveson Inquiry, Robert Jay.The Leveson Inquiry Brings to Light More Ties Between Murdoch and Cameron
May 24, 2012
He quizzed me rather, I admit, but he made it vastly different.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Father John too was always quizzing him, and Denis did not like to be quizzed.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
Each student should be quizzed on his reading, or should be required to give a summary of it.College Teaching
Now, I can't stand the way I shall be quizzed about it at all.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
I quizzed his sister time and again about his relations with women.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
- an entertainment in which the general or specific knowledge of the players is tested by a series of questions, esp as a radio or television programme
- (as modifier)a quiz programme
- any set of quick questions designed to test knowledge
- an investigation by close questioning; interrogation
- obsolete a practical joke; hoax
- obsolete a puzzling or eccentric individual
- obsolete a person who habitually looks quizzically at others, esp through a small monocle
- to investigate by close questioning; interrogate
- US and Canadian informal to test or examine the knowledge of (a student or class)
- (tr) obsolete to look quizzically at, esp through a small monocle
Word Origin and History for quizzed
1867, "brief examination of a student on some subject," perhaps from quiz (v.), or from apparently unrelated slang word quiz "odd person" (1782, source of quizzical). According to OED, the anecdote that credits this word to a bet by the Dublin theater-manager Daly or Daley that he could coin a word is regarded by authorities as "doubtful" and the first record of it appears to be in 1836 (in Smart's "Walker Remodelled"; the story is omitted in the edition of 1840).
The word Quiz is a sort of a kind of a word
That people apply to some being absurd;
One who seems, as t'were oddly your fancy to strike
In a sort of a fashion you somehow don't like
A mixture of odd, and of queer, and all that
Which one hates, just, you know, as some folks hate a cat;
A comical, whimsical, strange, droll -- that is,
You know what I mean; 'tis -- in short, -- 'tis a quiz!
[from "Etymology of Quiz," Charles Dibdin, 1842]
1847, "to question," quies, perhaps from Latin qui es? "who are you?," first question in oral exams in Latin in old-time grammar schools. Spelling quiz first recorded 1886, though it was in use as a noun spelling from 1867, perhaps in this case from apparently unrelated slang word quiz "odd person" (1782, source of quizzical). Cf. quisby "queer, not quite right; bankrupt" (slang from 1807). From the era of radio quiz shows comes quizzee (n.), 1940.