What does QUIZ mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quiz(verb)

    an examination consisting of a few short questions

  2. quiz, test(verb)

    examine someone's knowledge of something

    "The teacher tests us every week"; "We got quizzed on French irregular verbs"


  1. quiz(Noun)

    Something designed to puzzle one or make one ridiculous; banter; raillery.

  2. quiz(Noun)

    One who or that which quizzes.

  3. quiz(Noun)

    One who or that which is obnoxious to ridicule or quizzing; a queer or ridiculous person or thing.

  4. quiz(Noun)

    A competition in the answering of questions.

  5. quiz(Noun)

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

  6. quiz(Verb)

    To hoax.

  7. quiz(Verb)

    To question closely, to interrogate.

  8. Origin: The true etymology is unknown. The following have all been proposed:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quiz(noun)

    a riddle or obscure question; an enigma; a ridiculous hoax

  2. Quiz(noun)

    one who quizzes others; as, he is a great quiz

  3. Quiz(noun)

    an odd or absurd fellow

  4. Quiz(noun)

    an exercise, or a course of exercises, conducted as a coaching or as an examination

  5. Quiz(verb)

    to puzzle; to banter; to chaff or mock with pretended seriousness of discourse; to make sport of, as by obscure questions

  6. Quiz(verb)

    to peer at; to eye suspiciously or mockingly

  7. Quiz(verb)

    to instruct in or by a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4

  8. Quiz(verb)

    to conduct a quiz. See Quiz, n., 4

  9. Origin: [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-four hours. 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. Quiz

    A quiz is a form of game or mind sport in which the players attempt to answer questions correctly. In some countries, a quiz is also a brief assessment used in education and similar fields to measure growth in knowledge, abilities, and/or skills. Quizzes are usually scored in points and many quizzes are designed to determine a winner from a group of participants - usually the participant with the highest score.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quiz

    kwiz, n. a riddle or enigma: one who quizzes another: an odd fellow: a monocular eye-glass, often with a handle: (coll.) an oral examination of a pupil or class by a teacher.—v.t. to puzzle: to banter or make sport of: to examine narrowly and with an air of mockery.—v.i. to practise derisive joking:—pr.p. quiz′zing; pa.t. and pa.p. quizzed.—ns. Quiz′zer; Quiz′zery.—adj. Quiz′zical.—ns. Quizzical′ity; Quizzificā′tion.—v.t. Quiz′zify, to turn into a quiz.—ns. Quiz′ziness, oddness; Quiz′zing, raillery; Quiz′zing-glass, a single eye-glass. [Origin obscure; doubtless framed from question, or direct from L. quæso, I ask.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'QUIZ' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4478


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of QUIZ in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of QUIZ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Sweeney:

    It's a great icebreaker, often after they take the quiz, we get partners saying to each other: 'I never knew you felt this way.'.

  2. Harold Taylor:

    A student is not a professional athlete. ... He is not a little politician or junior senator looking for angles ... an amateur promoter, a glad-hander, embryo Rotarian, caf-society leader, quiz kid or man about town. A student is a person who is learning to fulfill his powers and to find ways of using them in the service of mankind.

  3. Jennifer Aniston:

    The only reason I knew [that I had it] was because I went to get a prescription for glasses, i had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos.

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