- 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 quiz
The premise of the sketch was that sex was too spontaneous to be regulated, and the quiz show played that idea to the hilt.How Antioch College Got Rape Right 20 Years Ago
December 10, 2014
Take the quiz below and see if you can match the spouse to her post-scandal statement.The Good Wives Club: Who Said It?
Eliza Shapiro, Sam Schlinkert
July 25, 2013
Take our quiz to see how much you know about the weird and awesome Oscar-winning actress.The Tilda Swinton Weirdness Quiz: All About the MoMA-Napping Actress
March 27, 2013
Take our quiz about 23 awards-show quotes to see who said what.
The National Rifle Association board might want to quiz its communications shop.The NRA’s Shameful Day: Shooting App for Kids, ‘Stand and Fight’ Ad
January 16, 2013
By-the-bye, Clary, did you ever quiz that doctor, as I desired you?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Next day, Sunday, his friends from Sulby came to quiz and to question.The Manxman
Laboratory work by students, together with lectures and quiz sections.
The exclusive lecture system is intolerable, and the same is true of the quiz.
I've got a sure-enough headache—I didn't come over to quiz you.Red Pepper Burns
Grace S. Richmond
- 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 quiz
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.