There are 2 definitions of quiz in English:

quiz1

Syllabification: quiz
Pronunciation: /kwiz
 
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noun (plural quizzes)

  • North American A test of knowledge, especially a brief, informal test 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.
    Synonyms

verb (quizzes, quizzed, quizzing)

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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, cross-examine, cross-question, interview, sound out, give someone the third degree; test, examine
    informal grill, pump
  • 1.1North American Give (a student or class) an informal 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

Syllabification: quiz
Pronunciation: /
 
kwiz/
archaic

verb (quizzes, quizzed, quizzing)

[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: he says there’s a great deal of poetry in brewing beer, but of course he’s only quizzing us

noun (plural quizzes)

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  • 1A practical joke or hoax; a piece of banter or ridicule: I am impatient to know if the whole be not one grand quiz
  • 1.1A person who ridicules another; a hoaxer or practical joker: braving the ridicule with which it pleased the quizzes to asperse the husband chosen for her
  • 2A person who is odd or eccentric in character or appearance: she means to marry that quiz for the sake of his thousands

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’.

Origin

late 18th century: sometimes said to have been invented by a Dublin theater 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.

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