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

The endless therapy, the what-color-is-your-parachute quizzes, the courage-to-heal to-do lists, the lifelong self-examination, the bottomless well. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Lingering of Loss," 1 July 2019 The full quiz is just six questions long (so super-quick and easy) and offers shade options for all of its products based on your answers. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Debuts a Shade Finder for All Its Makeup — Not Just Foundation and Concealer," 25 May 2019 Cantwell was making a sideways reference to Cambridge Analytica, the firm that misappropriated user data from Facebook through a personality quiz. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "All the times lawmakers fumbled through Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook testimony," 11 Apr. 2018 To get started, identify your skin type by taking the quick quiz below — then read on for an Eminence Organics routine customized to your skin’s particular needs. Allure, "The Best Eminence Organic Skin Care Products for Your Skin Type," 24 June 2019 Students who played the game would take six quizzes and one final exam, the lawsuit says. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Lawsuit: ASU owes $1M for video game that would have replaced business course," 20 June 2019 Jackson, now 17, took an online test open to the public back in March 2018, scoring well enough on the 50 question quiz to qualify for an in-person audition in Missouri. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Catch this JCPS student on 'Jeopardy!' Thursday as he competes for big money," 20 June 2019 Last year, Lucas, 17, took an online quiz to audition for the show and was then invited for an in person audition in New Orleans, according to The Miami Herald. Johnny Diaz, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida teen competes on ‘Jeopardy!’," 17 June 2019 On the show, teams of four students from two universities would compete to answer quiz questions, with scholarship money at stake. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Robert Earle, 93, Moderator of TV’s ‘College Bowl,’ Is Dead," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Each of the company’s quizzes consists of eight rounds worth eight points each, with several exceptions. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Geek out at these 10 free weekly trivia nights in Denver," 9 July 2019 The Olsen family have all taken the Hogwarts house personality quizzes: Allison and Karl are Ravenclaws, Annika is a Gryffindor. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Muggles and musicians: Louisville Orchestra to perform 'Harry Potter' in concert," 3 July 2019 Candidates have not drawn up detailed manifestos; Mr Johnson, in particular, has been uncharacteristically shy, avoiding most chances to debate with other candidates or be quizzed by journalists. The Economist, "Which Boris would Britain get?," 20 June 2019 During a 12-minute hearing, state District Judge Tammy Kemp quizzed attorneys about the leaking of Guyger's 911 call after the shooting despite a gag order. Jennifer Emily, Dallas News, "Fired Dallas officer Amber Guyger appears in court for murder case in fatal shooting of Botham Jean," 6 June 2019 Zendaya quizzes her niece for more details on her English paper. Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, "With HBO’s Euphoria, Zendaya Puts Her Disney Past Behind Her Once and For All," 9 May 2019 Zillow quizzed home sellers about the process and found that 36% admitted sobbing over the experience. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Nothing to cry about: More than a third of home sellers get weepy over the deal," 26 June 2019 At a meeting last week, Water Management District board member Sam Accursio, a tomato farmer, quizzed Mitnik about the Corps' ongoing use of pumps, or lack of, over the last decade. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Could raising a 90-year-old road fix South Florida's water problems?," 18 June 2018 William, who is currently in New Zealand to pay tribute to all those affected by the Christchurch Terror Attack, was quizzed by a well-wisher as to whether there was any updates on the arrival of his future niece or nephew. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince William Gave the Funniest Response When Asked if Baby Sussex Had Arrived Yet," 29 Apr. 2019

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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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