(noun) an examination consisting of a few short questions

quiz, test

(verb) examine someone’s knowledge of something; “The teacher tests us every week”; “We got quizzed on French irregular verbs”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



quiz (plural quizzes)

(dated) An odd, puzzling or absurd person or thing.

A competition in the answering of questions.

(education) A school examination of less importance, or of greater brevity, than others given in the same course.


quiz (third-person singular simple present quizzes, present participle quizzing, simple past and past participle quizzed)

(transitive, archaic) To hoax; to chaff or mock with pretended seriousness of discourse; to make sport of, as by obscure questions.

(transitive, archaic) To peer at; to eye suspiciously or mockingly.

(transitive) To question closely, to interrogate.

(transitive) To instruct by means of a quiz.

(transitive, obsolete, rare) To play with a quiz.

Source: Wiktionary

Quiz, n. Etym: [It is said that Daly, the manager of a Dublin playhouse, laid a wager that a new word of no meaning should be the common talk and puzzle of the city in twenty-fours. In consequence of this the letters q u i z were chalked by him on all the walls of Dublin, with an effect that won the wager. Perhaps, however, originally a variant of whiz, and formerly the name of a popular game.]

1. A riddle or obscure question; an enigma; a ridiculous hoax.

2. One who quizzes others; as, he is a great quiz.

3. An odd or absurd fellow. Smart. Thackeray.

4. An exercise, or a course of exercises, conducted as a coaching or as an examination. [Cant, U.S.]

Quiz, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Quizzed; p. pr. & vb. n. Quizzing.]

1. To puzzle; to banter; to chaff or mock with pretended seriousness of discourse; to make sport of, as by obscure questions. He quizzed unmercifully all the men in the room. Thackeray.

2. To peer at; to eye suspiciously or mockingly.

3. To instruct in or by a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4. [U.S.] Quizzing glass, a small eyeglass.

Quiz, v. i.

Definition: To conduct a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4. [U.S.]

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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