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 Scottsdale Community College officials initially responded to the social media firestorm by apologizing and saying the quiz questions were inaccurate and inappropriate. Renata Cló, The Arizona Republic, "Maricopa Community College District will pay $155K settlement to Scottsdale professor criticized for anti-Islam quiz," 15 Apr. 2021 And in years to come the Copa del Rey final circa 2021 is likely to provide plenty of football quiz questions. John Sinnott, CNN, "The year of two Copa del Rey finals: Athletic Bilbao loses first, but has second chance against FC Barcelona," 4 Apr. 2021 Take this quiz and learn something about their roles. Harvey Mackay, Star Tribune, "Celebrating women's history this month," 7 Mar. 2021 Take the quiz to see what can be done for dehydrated skin, blemishes, uneven tone and wrinkles. oregonlive, "The best green beauty brands good for your skin and the planet: Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2021 After watching the video three times, all participants took a short quiz. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, "Students Who Gesture during Learning ‘Grasp’ Concepts Better," 13 Apr. 2021 The training, which includes a 35-minute video followed by a quiz, has now been completed by Salt Lake City police and firefighters. Sara Tabin, The Salt Lake Tribune, "SLC first responders complete training geared at interactions with those with sensory needs," 9 Apr. 2021 The Find Your Park website is also a good tool and includes a quiz to find out what parks are best for you (www.findyourpark.com/park-finder). BostonGlobe.com, "How to plan a national park visit in 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 With Winc, she'll be given personalized wine recommendations after taking a quiz. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 50 best Mother’s Day gifts for every type of mom," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the pandemic started, Emanuel began reading articles about potential COVID medications and calling scientists to quiz them about their findings. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Ari Emanuel Takes on the World," 19 Apr. 2021 During production, Ryan said that Pedrad — still in her Chad makeup and costume — would quiz him between takes to see if the teenage characters were coming across as authentic. New York Times, "In ‘Chad,’ Nasim Pedrad Embraces Her Inner Teen Boy," 2 Apr. 2021 As a kid, Cassidy’s mother would quiz her on different figures during car rides. Arit John, Los Angeles Times, "The Black history you didn’t learn in school is being taught on TikTok," 27 Feb. 2021 But journalists point out that briefings by staff are not the same as the chance to quiz the president directly. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "When will Biden hold first solo press conference?: 36 days and counting," 26 Feb. 2021 The staff member will quiz customers on their needs, and adjust each floor model to match the customer’s physique. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Herman Miller’s New Stores Let Consumers Test-Drive High-End Office Chairs," 18 Nov. 2020 Instead of barking at new recruits scrambling off buses, for example, drill sergeants will formally introduce themselves and quiz soldiers on facts they’re expected to memorize about the infantry. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, "Trust your drill sergeant? Army takes new approach to basic training.," 7 Oct. 2020 In our latest Seventeen video, Rickey and Denzel took the ultimate best friends quiz on our latest series, Bestie on Bestie, and nothing was off the table. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Rickey Thompson and Denzel Dion Are Here to Tell You How to Be the Ultimate BFF," 18 Sep. 2020 Harry, who acts as Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union, joined in for a bit of fun and to quiz staffers on the league's history. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Prince Harry Says He ‘Would Have Been Back’ in the U.K. if Not for the Pandemic," 30 Aug. 2020

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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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6 May 2021

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“Quiz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiz. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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