A quiz is a short series of questions with a quick result. A magazine quiz might tell a reader if "he's into you," or a pop quiz in English class will let your teacher know how far you got (or didn't get) in last night's reading.

As a verb, quiz means to ask a series of questions. A teacher might quiz his students on the material covered in lecture the day before. A mother might quiz her son as to his plans for after school. The questioning meaning of the noun and verb came into use in the mid-nineteenth century, possibly influence by words like inquisitive. Before that, quiz could refer to an odd or unconventional person, a meaning which eventually gave rise to quizzical, still in use today.

Definitions of quiz

n an examination consisting of a few short questions

pop quiz
a quiz given without prior warning
Type of:
exam, examination, test
a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge

v examine someone's knowledge of something

“We got quizzed on French irregular verbs”
undergo a test
Type of:
question closely

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