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 quizzing
The gently mocked iPhone commercial featuring Zooey Deschanel quizzing Siri spawned a wildly popular Twitter spoof.‘Zooey Asks Siri’ Creator Revealed as Curtis Dickerson|Jenna Marotta|June 9, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And who can forget Wolf Blitzer getting all Yenta-ish and creepy with quizzing the daughters about which ones were “available”?
Lowe and Bowen spend as much time asking me about media and politics as I do quizzing them about the art of movie-making.
He begins to meet people, quizzing them, transcribing the answers to his questions.
If young ladies must perform practical jokes, because quizzing is the fashion, I wish they would devise something new.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)|Maria Edgeworth
His giggle was a convulsion; his quizzing was slander; his mirth was blasphemy.
The Chevalier half spun round on his heel under the quizzing of Louise's eye-glass.The Golden Dog|William Kirby
He had been quizzing a great big boy who lisped, and the boy knocked him down, and they had fought.The Fairy Godmothers and Other Tales|Mrs. Alfred Gatty
This is fun, this is quizzing; but you don't know what we young gentlemen mean by quizzing.The Parent's Assistant|Maria Edgeworth
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.