There are 2 main 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
1.2North 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 main 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
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  • 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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