Students taking a quiz.
- The definition of a quiz is a questioning or a short test.
An example of a quiz is a series of ten multiple choices questions for students to answer.
- To quiz is defined as to test knowledge.
An example of to quiz is to ask students to name all the presidents' last names in order.
- an odd or eccentric person
- a practical joke; hoax
- a questioning; esp., a short oral or written examination to test knowledge
Origin of quizprobably arbitrary use of Classical Latin quis, what (i.e., what sort of person or thing?)
transitive verbquizzed, quiz′zing
- Obs. to make fun of
- Now Rare to look at, often specif., inquisitively, teasingly, etc.
- to ask questions of: to quiz the suspect
- to test the knowledge of: to quiz the class
transitive verbquizzed, quiz·zing, quiz·zes
- To question (someone), especially closely or repeatedly: “His searching questions as he quizzed me on my work made me tongue-tied at first” ( Susan Sellers )
- To test the knowledge of by posing questions: quizzed the class on state capitals. See Synonyms at ask.
- Archaic To poke fun at; mock.
- A questioning or inquiry.
- A short oral or written test.
- Archaic A practical joke.
Origin of quizOrigin unknown
- Something designed to puzzle one or make one ridiculous; banter; raillery.
- One who or that which quizzes.
- (dated) An odd or absurd person or thing.
- A competition in the answering of questions.
- We came second in the pub quiz.
- A school examination of less importance, or of greater brevity, than others given in the same course.
- A shorter version of a test. Usually given in a classroom setting.
(third-person singular simple present quizzes, present participle quizzing, simple past and past participle quizzed)
The true etymology is unknown.