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 quizzes
At the gym, he quizzes the Christian jogging on the neighboring treadmill about the nature of subjective experience.Atheist Philosopher Peter Boghossian’s Guide to Converting Believers|Michael Schulson|November 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Citrin quizzes her grandfather on political issues: “Do you like your Medicare?”
If you wanted to figure out who the Xnetters were, you could use these quizzes to find them all.Little Brother|Cory Doctorow
In the preliminary courses the system of informal lectures is combined with recitations, discussions, reports, and quizzes.College Teaching|Paul Klapper
You know how inquisitive Amy is, and how she stares, and takes in everything, and quizzes it afterwards?The Heart of Una Sackville|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He is so irrepressible and ridiculous and clever, too, and jokes and quizzes so, I forget to be self-conscious.Selina|George Madden Martin
Thus in the “Prologue in Heaven” he quizzes the Archangels about the grandiloquence of their song.The Three Devils: Luther's, Milton's, and Goethe's|David Masson
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.