The gently mocked iPhone commercial featuring Zooey Deschanel quizzing Siri spawned a wildly popular Twitter spoof.
He begins to meet people, quizzing them, transcribing the answers to his questions.
And who can forget Wolf Blitzer getting all Yenta-ish and creepy with quizzing the daughters about which ones were “available”?
Lowe and Bowen spend as much time asking me about media and politics as I do quizzing them about the art of movie-making.
Tommy decided that she had gone far enough with her quizzing and that she would do as Harriet suggested.
“The detectives are quizzing the servants in the library,” he said.
By the by, what an escape you had of Emily: she was only quizzing you all the time.
I would seem to ask him with my most venomous and quizzing smile.
Again he thought, "She must be quizzing me;" and, to make sure, stole a sidelong glance at her.
Mr Chisholm repeated after him in a quizzing tone, with a grin on his face.
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.