quiz

[kwiz]
noun, plural quizzes.
1.
an informal test or examination of a student or class.
2.
a questioning.
3.
a practical joke; a hoax.
4.
Chiefly British. an eccentric, often odd-looking person.
verb (used with object), quizzed, quizzing.
5.
to examine or test (a student or class) informally by questions.
6.
to question closely: The police quizzed several suspects.
7.
Chiefly British. to make fun of; ridicule; mock; chaff.

Origin:
1775–85 in sense “odd person”; 1840–50 for def 1; origin uncertain

quizzable, adjective
quizzer, noun
unquizzable, adjective
unquizzed, adjective
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quiz (kwɪz)
 
n , pl quizzes
1.  a.  an entertainment in which the general or specific knowledge of the players is tested by a series of questions, esp as a radio or television programme
 b.  (as modifier): a quiz programme
2.  any set of quick questions designed to test knowledge
3.  an investigation by close questioning; interrogation
4.  obsolete a practical joke; hoax
5.  obsolete a puzzling or eccentric individual
6.  obsolete a person who habitually looks quizzically at others, esp through a small monocle
 
vb , quizzes, quizzes, quizzing, quizzed
7.  to investigate by close questioning; interrogate
8.  informal (US), (Canadian) to test or examine the knowledge of (a student or class)
9.  obsolete (tr) to look quizzically at, esp through a small monocle
 
[C18: of unknown origin]
 
'quizzer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

quiz
1847, quies, perhaps from L. qui es? "who are you?," first question in oral exams in L. in old-time grammar schools. Spelling quiz first recorded 1886, though it was in use as a noun from 1867, perhaps from apparently unrelated slang word quiz meaning "odd person" (1782, source of quizzical). The anecdote
that credits this word to a bet by the Dublin theater-manager Daly that he could coin a word is regarded by authorities as "doubtful" and the first record of it appears to be in 1836 (in Smart's "Walker Remodelled"; the story is omitted in the edition of 1840).
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