There are 2 definitions of quiz in English:

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Pronunciation: /kwɪz
 
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noun (plural quizzes)

1A test of knowledge, especially as a competition between individuals or teams as a form of entertainment: a sports quiz a pub quiz [as modifier]: a quiz show
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  • It is where I went to school, go to Church, sometimes shop, am involved in a pub quiz team, and where I stood twice in District Council elections.
  • I realise that I have been blessed with an exceptionally absorbent and retentive memory - oh you want me on your pub quiz team!
  • Next Tuesday a general knowledge quiz open to teams of four will be held.
Synonyms
test of knowledge, competition, panel game, quiz game, quiz show
1.1 informal , chiefly British An act of questioning someone: judges face gay sex scandal quiz
1.2North American An informal written test or examination given to students.
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  • In addition to the daily quizzes, student learning was evaluated by three in-class examinations and a final presentation by each student of an article to the entire class.
  • Students are assessed through three problem-solving quizzes and three multiple-choice examinations.
  • One of the things that my students get the most use from are the interactive quizzes that I have written to help them study for the tests.

verb (quizzes, quizzing, quizzed)

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1Ask (someone) questions: four men have been quizzed about the murder
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  • Police have been granted an extra 24 hours to quiz a man in connection with the murder.
  • According to the survey, bosses thought the most effective method of reducing absence was ‘return to work’ interviews, whereby a returning employee is quizzed about the illness.
  • Why can't the paper just say that a suspect is being questioned, rather than quizzed?
Synonyms
question, interrogate, put questions to, probe, sound out, interview, examine, cross-examine, catechize
informal grill, put the screws on, pump, give someone the third degree, put someone through the third degree, put someone through the wringer/mangle, worm something out of someone
1.1North American Give (a student or class) an informal written test or examination.
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  • One part of the exams was an oral test where pupils were quizzed by two professors of the institution.
  • The entire course consists of ten booklets that teach a skill, then quiz the student on information recently learned.
  • The teacher has handed out worksheets describing the weapons and siege engines which could have been used, and she is quizzing pupils about them.

Origin

mid 19th century (as a verb; originally US): possibly from quiz2, influenced by inquisitive.

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There are 2 definitions of quiz in English:

quiz2

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Pronunciation: /kwɪz
 
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archaic

verb (quizzes, quizzing, quizzed)

[with object]
1Look curiously or intently at (someone) through or as if through an eyeglass: deep-set eyes quizzed her in the candlelight
2Make fun of: is it possible he has heard of my foible and is quizzing me?

noun (plural quizzes)

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1A practical joke or hoax: I am impatient to know if the whole be not one grand quiz
1.1A person who ridicules or hoaxes another: she would brave the ridicule with which it pleased the quizzes to asperse the husband chosen for her
2An odd or eccentric person: she means to marry that quiz for the sake of his thousands

Origin

late 18th century: sometimes said to have been invented by a Dublin theatre proprietor who, having made a bet that a nonsense word could be made known within 48 hours throughout the city, and that the public would give it a meaning, had the word written up on walls all over the city. There is no evidence to support this theory.

Derivatives

quizzer

noun
More example sentences
  • Nobody likes a clever-clogs, however, especially not on television and so many of the quizzers play strategically dumb during the audition process in order to increase the sense of dramatic tension.
  • Needless to say, young quizzers are encouraged.
  • The quizmaster went back a happy man despite the turnout, as this was ‘a focussed bunch of quizzers, who answered most queries’.

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