- 1to ask somebody a lot of questions about something in order to get information from them synonym question quiz somebody (about somebody/something) Four men are being quizzed by police about the murder. quiz somebody (on/over something) We were quizzed on our views about education.
- 2quiz somebody (North American English) to give students an informal test You will be quizzed on chapter 6 tomorrow. Word Origin mid 19th cent. (as a verb; originally US): possibly from quiz ‘look curiously or intently at someone as if through an eyeglass’, influenced by inquisitive.Extra examples More than half the people quizzed in a poll said they would not use the new service. They quizzed us on our views on education. Two men quizzed over betting shop killings.
BrE BrE//kwɪz//; NAmE NAmE//kwɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quiz
BrE BrE//kwɪz//; NAmE NAmE//kwɪz//he / she / it quizzes
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪzɪz//past simple quizzed
BrE BrE//kwɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//kwɪzd//past participle quizzed
BrE BrE//kwɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//kwɪzd//-ing form quizzing
BrE BrE//ˈkwɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwɪzɪŋ//