quiz

noun
\ ˈkwiz How to pronounce quiz (audio) \
plural quizzes

Definition of quiz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an eccentric person
3 : the act or action of quizzing specifically : a short oral or written test

quiz

verb
quizzed; quizzing

Definition of quiz (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make fun of : mock
2 : to look at inquisitively
3 : to question closely

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Other Words from quiz

Verb

quizzer noun

Examples of quiz in a Sentence

Noun

The teacher gave us a quiz on the material we studied yesterday. always eager to put everything down, my boyfriend had to be a quiz and make fun of the actors and costumes in our local theater troupe's latest production

Verb

quickly quizzed her about the assignment before heading off to class hated the way those relatives would quiz me about my partner and our living arrangements
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Members pay $60 a month for four bottles of wine, chosen specifically for them based on responses to a quiz. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee-based wine subscription service Bright Cellars raises $2.8 million in financing," 18 May 2018 Cambridge Analytica got the data from a researcher who made a personality quiz app on Facebook that collected information on users and their friends. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Facebook’s very bad year, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Prove your devotion to the internet's new boyfriend with this trivia quiz. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Ultimate Noah Centineo Trivia Quiz!," 29 Aug. 2018 According to news accounts, the researcher, Aleksandr Kogan, developed a Facebook app with a personality quiz. Time, "The Facebook Data Cambridge Analytica Took Was Either Extremely Valuable or Totally Worthless," 22 Mar. 2018 Millions of users from 233 countries and territories took the quiz, making 40 million ethical decisions in total. James Vincent, The Verge, "Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed," 24 Oct. 2018 The current Wag and Rover onboarding processes involve a background check, a quiz about basic dog care, an online video lesson on the app’s interface, and a harness test (Wag’s harness test is in person, while Rover’s is done online). Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 After successfully completing each quiz, the user gets to spin a prize wheel that will offer up either a congratulatory message on their progress or a small digital gift card. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "The FDA Thinks This App Could Help People With Opioid Use Disorder Stay in Recovery," 17 Dec. 2018 The quiz exploited a loophole in Facebook’s API that allowed Kogan to harvest the data of the user, as well as that of their Facebook friends. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Cambridge Analytica used fashion preferences to target people on Facebook," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sadr’s militiamen do all the talking, quizzing drivers about their destinations, while the regular security forces sit idly on the side. Washington Post, "Public enemy or savior? An Iraqi city could reveal the true Moqtada al-Sadr," 4 July 2018 Such was the dynamic throughout much of Constand’s second day on the witness stand as Mesereau harangued, challenged, quizzed, and needled the former Temple University basketball manager for another two hours in a pivotal cross-examination. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Constand denies defense claim she plotted to extort Cosby," 16 Apr. 2018 In the meantime, take one of these fun quizzes: And remember to watch this space for the relaunch of our games section. Redbook, "Coming Soon: All-New Games!," 7 Aug. 2012 The professor paces in sneakers, discussing the merits of Technetium-99m and quizzing the class on how long a certain radioactive tracer should last in medical scans. Claire Mcneill, miamiherald, "This student became a paraplegic in FSU shooting. He fights to exist, to graduate. | Miami Herald," 4 May 2018 Appearing on the morning talk show to discuss her relationship (yet again) with Meghan, Samantha was quizzed by the hosts on whether her outspoken approach to their family matters was something that should be questioned. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Samantha Gave Yet Another Tell-All Interview," 23 July 2018 The selection of sexuality quizzes available on today’s internet is vast. Katie Heaney, New York Times, "Am I Gay or Straight? Maybe This Fun Quiz Will Tell Me," 2 Mar. 2018 The class of nearly 25 students shuffled to their seats after recess, and Cosgriff prepared several role-playing exercises and quizzes. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Homicide rates drop in Bay Area’s 15 largest cities last year," 23 Feb. 2018 Jennifer, who was recently quizzed by Ellen on whether her former Yankees star boyfriend would be popping the question, totally gets the hype around their relationship. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez is Totally Fine With All Those Engagement Rumors: "Everyone Wants a Fairy Tale"," 11 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of quiz

Noun

circa 1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for quiz

Noun

origin unknown

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quixote

quixotic

quixotize

quiz

quizee

quiz game

quiz kid

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quiz

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quiz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : a short spoken or written test that is often taken without preparation
: a set of questions about a particular subject that people try to answer as a game or competition

quiz

verb

English Language Learners Definition of quiz (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ask (someone) questions about something
US : to give (someone) a quiz

quiz

noun
\ ˈkwiz How to pronounce quiz (audio) \
plural quizzes

Kids Definition of quiz

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short test

quiz

verb
quizzed; quizzing

Kids Definition of quiz (Entry 2 of 2)

: to ask a lot of questions of We quizzed him about his trip.

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