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noun (quizzes)
  1. A competition in the answering of questions.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: quiz(nl)
  • French: quiz(fr)m
  • German: Quiz , Ratespiel
  • Italian: quiz(it)m
  • Spanish: prueba(es)f, m(es, Spanish)alt=quiz
verb (quiz, z, es)
  1. (transitive) (archaic) To hoax.
  2. (transitive) To question closely, to interrogate.
Translations: 
  • German: ausfragen
Etymology: The true etymology is unknown. The following have all been proposed:
  • Reputed without evidence to have been invented by a late 18th century Dublin theatre proprietor who bet he could add a new nonsense word to the English language. He thus had the word painted on walls all over the city. The morning after, everyone was talking about the new word.
  • The original meaning is interrogation (1867), being derived from the verb. Current meaning only since 1941.
  • The meaning "hoax" is the original (1796), shifting to the meaning "interrogate" (1847) under the influence of to question and inquisitive.
  • Originally quies (1847), may have derived from Latin qui es? (who are you?), traditionally the first question in oral Latin exams. Used as a noun from 1867, spelling quiz first recorded in 1886.



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