quiz

noun
\ˈkwiz \
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

Quotes from Steve Jobs and Apple design chief Jony Ive are writ large on gallery walls, and at one point, there’s an interactive quiz in which guests are asked to choose words to participate in a survey about their reactions to technology. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the Castro, first gay Rotarian Club in the nation," 11 Apr. 2018 Stitch Fix Stitch Fix opens with another fun quiz, which homes in on my style likes and dislikes. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "Women's Clothing Subscription Boxes Want to Change the Way You Shop—So We Tried Them," 18 June 2018 Breaking Dawn Exclusives: Read tons of interviews with the cast and check out fun quizzes, hot pics, and awesome videos! Seventeen, "Nikki Reed is on the Dec/Jan Cover!," 13 Nov. 2011 The best place to start with your parent is a self-quiz, something on paper or a computer that lets older drivers rate their abilities at home with little or no pressure. Glenn Ruffenach, WSJ, "The Difficult Task of Taking the Car Keys Away From an Older Parent," 5 July 2018 Among the projects: An interactive quiz aimed at maintaining a balance between academic demands and mental and physical health. Stacy Sullivan, azcentral, "High school graduates of azcentral's media innovation camp imagine future of news," 3 July 2018 Among the interactive features are quizzes, polls, and audience challenges that creators can offer to Facebook users in a live format. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Facebook Takes on HQ Trivia With Live Game Shows," 20 June 2018 But the stylist assigned to me clearly listened to the notes sent with my quiz, as my favorite style of jeans, a pair of high-rise distressed jeans that retail for $98, were in my delivery. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "Women's Clothing Subscription Boxes Want to Change the Way You Shop—So We Tried Them," 18 June 2018 Here’s a quiz: High-school prom is (a) a place for frustrated teens in formal wear to rub up against each other to the dulcet tones of Pitbull, and under the watchful gaze of exhausted teachers, or (b) a place for wild animals? Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "This Florida High-School Prom Included a … Caged Tiger?," 14 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Sanskriti said Prateek quizzed the girls on the types of questions the judges might ask. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville girls have the poop on best pond-friendly lawn fertilizer," 3 July 2018 That dictionary is the weighty Webster’s Third New International Unabridged, with nearly half a million words that the students can be quizzed on. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "The Infectious Enthusiasm of Breaking the Bee," 11 May 2018 In the other room, a South Korean volunteer quizzed Yunes Melhi Naji, a 27-year-old waiting for a free dental check for an aching molar. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "How hundreds of Yemenis fleeing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis ended up on a resort island in South Korea," 22 June 2018 Everyone quizzes the San Diegan about his old NFL team, the Cleveland Browns. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For Cleveland's sake, San Diegan Brian Sipe is pulling for Browns to get the right QB," 25 Apr. 2018 When quizzed, British politicians have frequently invoked notions of new and emergent digital technologies, which will somehow permit business as usual in Brexit’s brave new world. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Curious agnostics can quiz Alexa on how to pray, what Christians believe and who the Archbishop of Canterbury is. The Economist, "Alexa, who is God? A new app aims to win over agnostics," 23 May 2018 Gandhi also recommends doing online quizzes or games together, and discussing the results to spark new and interesting conversations. Jo Piazza, Time, "How to Make a Long-Distance Relationship Work, According to Experts," 19 June 2018 The City Council was also quizzed on other possible taxes that would need voter approval. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lemon Grove finances have elected officials, city concerned," 12 June 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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Dictionary Entries near quiz

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)

: 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

: to give (someone) a quiz

quiz

noun
\ˈkwiz \
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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