[ kwiz ]
/ kwɪz /
noun, plural quiz·zes.
an informal test or examination of a student or class.
a practical joke; a hoax.
Chiefly British. an eccentric, often odd-looking person.
verb (used with object), quizzed, quiz·zing.
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.
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Origin of quiz
1775–85 in sense “odd person”; 1840–50 for def. 1; origin uncertain
OTHER WORDS FROM quizquiz·za·ble, adjectivequizzer, nounun·quiz·za·ble, adjectiveun·quizzed, adjective
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My quizzer has returned, peeped over my shoulder, and asked this question.The Funny Side of Physic|A. D. Crabtre
British Dictionary definitions for quiz
/ (kwɪz) /
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
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 forms of quizquizzer, noun
Word Origin for quiz
C18: of unknown origin
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