[ kwiz ]
/ kwɪz /

noun, plural quiz·zes.

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.

verb (used with object), quizzed, quiz·zing.

Origin of quiz

1775–85 in sense “odd person”; 1840–50 for def 1; origin uncertain


quiz·za·ble, adjectivequiz·zer, nounun·quiz·za·ble, adjectiveun·quizzed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quiz

/ (kwɪz) /

noun plural quizzes

verb quizzes, quizzing or quizzed (tr)

Derived forms of quiz

quizzer, noun

Word Origin for quiz

C18: of unknown origin
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