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

To test her cinematic dancing expertise, Teen Vogue invited Maddie Ziegler to compete in a dance-movie quiz, and hoped to find out if her knowledge about the big screen is as deep as her knowledge on the stage. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Maddie Ziegler Takes Teen Vogue's Dance-Movie Quiz," 30 Oct. 2018 The Wall Street Journal came up with a quiz to guide readers through Netflix’s unusual culture. Joe Flint, WSJ, "At Netflix, Radical Transparency and Blunt Firings Unsettle the Ranks," 25 Oct. 2018 There are whole outfits suggested for specific campus activities, rendering the shopping process as efficient and idly thrilling as taking a BuzzFeed quiz in the back of a lecture hall. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Victoria’s Secret has a new app, designed to build a nationwide sorority around buying underwear," 15 Oct. 2018 Their Vote Easy tool is a 16-question quiz to see which Congressional candidates match up with your personal views. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 These services employ in-house stylists who pull together personalized outfits after consumers take a quiz to help identify their sizes and style. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Amazon’s clothing try-on service opens up to all Prime subscribers today," 20 June 2018 The same goes for shared, anonymously sourced quizzes on favorite books, musical styles, concerts, flowers and pretty much anything else that could be used against you. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "That royal wedding quiz filling your Facebook could put you at risk for identity theft," 17 May 2018 When third-party games or quizzes came along, users jumped on board with those too. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook users have been giving away their data for a decade. Is it too late to get our privacy back?," 23 Mar. 2018 Any time students make any one of 800 different missteps — such as failing a quiz, not showing up for classes, or signing up for the wrong course — advisers receive electronic alerts. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How UWM peer Georgia State figured out how to graduate more black students," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And startups like ThirdLove and True & Co offer easy online fitting quizzes that shoppers can take online rather than dealing with an awkward fitting from a store associate. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "The stubborn irrelevance of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show," 8 Nov. 2018 People love taking online quizzes; just ask Buzzfeed and Facebook. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: people tend to cluster into four distinct personality “types”," 17 Sep. 2018 There are some design changes to further highlight tools for better student-teacher feedback and quicker access to Google Form quizzes. Makena Kelly, The Verge, "Google is adding ARCore support to the Chromebook Tab 10 with Classroom updates," 7 Aug. 2018 Children gawk as volunteers in white surgical gloves ease a foot-long Guinea worm from the dog’s leg and American scientists quiz his owner, a fisherman, about how many worms Martoussia has had. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Facebook provided the document to the Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to hundreds of questions from the committee, which quizzed Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg during testimony in April. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Facebook Reveals Apps, Others That Got Special Access to User Data," 1 July 2018 Candidates are quizzed while an artificial-intelligence (AI) program analyses their facial expressions (maintaining eye contact with the camera is advisable) and language patterns (sounding confident is the trick). The Economist, "How an algorithm may decide your career," 21 June 2018 Chopra was quizzed about a possible romance with Jonas after the event last year. Fox News, "Rumored couple Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas snapped at JFK airport together," 9 June 2018 Speaking ahead of the World Cup, in which Russia will face Egypt, Kutepov was quizzed on his plans to stop Salah from making an impact. SI.com, "Russia Defender Claims Sergio Ramos 'Showed How to Stop Salah' Ahead of Egypt World Cup Clash," 7 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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