noun, plural quiz·zes.
verb (used with object), quizzed, quiz·zing.
- quiver leg,
- quiz kid,
- quiz program,
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|Charlotte Lytton|May 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I quizzed them privately, two students explained that the volume of their loans was a source of profound shame.
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|Peter Jukes|May 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Members of the crew were called before the Captain and Mr. Wise and quizzed.Left on the Labrador|Dillon Wallace
But he seemed possessed with mischief—he quizzed Ellerton, told droll stories, and laughed till the woods rang again.Rutledge|Miriam Coles Harris
I was in somewhat of a tremor, and expected to be quizzed also.Tramping with Tramps|Josiah Flynt
Charlie quizzed her with a word, and then turned to Edwin Clayhanger for support.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
I was not quizzed on what to say or anything of that nature.Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
noun plural quizzes
- 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
verb quizzes, quizzing or quizzed (tr)
Word Origin 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.