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.

Nearby words

  1. quiver leg,
  2. quiverful,
  3. quixote,
  4. quixotic,
  5. quixotism,
  6. quiz kid,
  7. quiz program,
  8. quizmaster,
  9. quizzical,
  10. quizzically

Origin of quiz

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

Related formsquiz·za·ble, adjectivequiz·zer, nounun·quiz·za·ble, adjectiveun·quizzed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quizzed


noun plural quizzes

  1. 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
  2. (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

verb quizzes, quizzing or quizzed (tr)

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
Derived Formsquizzer, noun

Word Origin for quiz

C18: of unknown origin

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