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 Durán wrote in his message that officials became aware of the quiz question after students spoke up to complain. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Virginia chemistry teacher gave quiz asking students to insert ‘neon ... neck’ to describe how George Floyd died," 19 Nov. 2020 The purpose of the quiz is to divide the audience into groups. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Want to play gumshoe? Then ‘Citizen Detective’ at the Geffen is for you," 19 Nov. 2020 Neiman Marcus Group, the upscale department-store chain that came out of bankruptcy last month, now uses an online quiz to match customers with style advisers. Sandrine Rastello, Bloomberg.com, "Online Associate Is the Retail Job of the Future," 19 Oct. 2020 In the colorful quiz that follows, complete each phrase with a color: 1. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "I bet you’ll pass this colorful quiz with flying colors," 3 Oct. 2020 For this 2006 book, Jennings spent a year traveling the U.S., frequenting pub quizzes and academic quiz bowls. Patrick J. Kiger, Los Angeles Times, "8 books on Alex Trebek and ‘Jeopardy!’ to help you mourn the beloved host," 10 Nov. 2020 The trio will take turns serving as the Chaser, the show's resident ruthless quiz genius, who attempts to stop contestants from winning cash prizes. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Jeopardy GOATs to star in new version of The Chase game show on ABC," 3 Nov. 2020 Now, Kwong, 40, who creates crossword puzzles for the New York Times, has followed with a show that has Zoom audiences downloading quiz packets and solving mind games with him. Washington Post, "With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things upStep right up to your laptop, and let theater entertain you with magic and mind reading.," 29 Oct. 2020 And this brought many readers to their next question: why, then, does this quiz need to exist at all? Britni De La Cretaz, refinery29.com, "Can You Guess Someone’s Politics By What’s In Their Fridge? No, Because That’s Classist," 28 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Another quizzed her on the type of dialysis being used. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Like Riding a Roller Coaster in the Dark: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 1," 1 June 2020 From Paul Newman to Robin Williams to Steven Spielberg, Mr. Lipton invited hundreds of actors, directors, and other show-business personalties on the program, quizzing them before a live audience of eager pupils. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "James Lipton, host of ‘Inside the Actors Studio,’ dies at 93," 3 Mar. 2020 Aussie slang: 5 Seconds of Summer bandmates Calum, Luke, Ashton, and Michael quiz each other’s knowledge of Aussie slang in this video from cleveland.com’s sister site, Vanity Fair. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine lifts Ohio’s safe-at-home order: The Wake Up for Wednesday, May 20, 2020," 20 May 2020 Our Boredom Busters include quizzes, connect-the-dots Corvettes, and even a constructible paper replica of the 760-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Get Crafty with These Amazing Classic Car Coloring Pages," 15 May 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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Time Traveler for quiz

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The first known use of quiz was circa 1781

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Last Updated

25 Nov 2020

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“Quiz.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quiz. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for quiz

quiz

noun
How to pronounce quiz (audio)

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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