Definition of pop quiz in US English:

pop quiz

noun

North American
  • 1A short test given to students without prior warning.

    • ‘The occasional test, pop quizzes were plentiful, nothing I couldn't handle or so I thought.’
    • ‘For example, Benassi said, research indicates that students better retain information tested in short pop quizzes during class, but do so at the expense of untested topics, which they are more likely to forget.’
    • ‘I hate math, and I heard that this teacher is a bitch, always giving pop quizzes and surprise tests.’
    • ‘There will be a pop quiz later on, so read for comprehension!’
    • ‘She didn't have any tests or pop quizzes tomorrow anyway.’
    • ‘As for your little pop quiz, Cody, I'll tell you what.’
    • ‘The difference between a photo-op and a real news conference is like the difference between having a pop quiz and defending your dissertation.’
    • ‘Last night saw Scally and I return to the Retro Bar for a further sampling of pop quiz goodness.’
    • ‘With summer almost gone and schools back in session around the country, now is a good time for a pop quiz on news coverage.’
    • ‘Great another pop quiz, just the hundredth pop quiz to lower my grade and fail me.’
    • ‘I torture you guys by giving you tons of homework, pop quizzes, and tests.’
    • ‘You're stashing a book when you overhear your cruel troll of a math teacher bragging that he's springing a killer pop quiz on your class tomorrow.’
    • ‘He shoved his way through all the people bumbling on about the unjustness of pop quizzes.’
    • ‘Such pop quizzes came intermittently from McManus.’
    • ‘The pop quiz on the foreign leaders struck me as beyond silly.’
    • ‘If you quit piano lessons or flub a few shots during a soccer game or flunk a pop quiz in French class, is this the end of your brilliant career before it's really even started?’
    • ‘I know today is a Monday, but I'm giving you a pop quiz to see if you've been studying for your test on Wednesday.’
    • ‘Most of them had skipped breakfast to test one another for the pop quizzes that inevitably lay ahead.’
    • ‘You knew you were in trouble when that mischievous twinkle appeared in Roy's eyes, you never quite knew what was coming a joke, a pop quiz, a witty and searing commentary just that something was, and you'd better be on your toes.’
    • ‘Too many people with diabetes rely on the medical equivalent of a pop quiz when they expect a blood sugar test to tell them how they're managing the disease.’
    • ‘Around 26 teams take part in the Sunday quiz, and the pop quiz on Thursdays is also popular.’
    1. 1.1 Any unexpected question or set of questions.
      ‘a dairy farmer who gave the businessman a Vermont pop quiz on farming and geography’
      • ‘So, how did you guys do on that oh so exciting pop quiz?’
      • ‘OK, Sun, pop quiz: when the music stops, where are you going to sit down?’
      • ‘Tom Friedman's pop quiz, which Rocket Man debunked so masterfully, was not the only piece in yesterday's New York Times arguing that the U.S. is on the wrong track and heading for trouble.’
      • ‘The ultimate chance to prove your musical knowledge and know how comes to the town this week courtesy of Hospital Radio Swindon and their popular charity pop quiz.’
      • ‘But when presented with a pop quiz, he's suddenly all business.’
      • ‘Or perhaps he'll ask some pop quiz questions about the CD he's currently playing, which as often as not, is a Rod Stewart compilation.’
      • ‘After Charlie ate a quick breakfast, Melvin ran her through a pop quiz before going outside to answer questions.’
      • ‘Reigning champs David and Jonathan (biblical, huh?) and a few friends will be taking on all comers tonight at the Retro Bar's pop quiz.’
      • ‘I have since graduated into full-fledged adulthood - which, let's face it, is like one big pop quiz that we never get a chance to study for.’
      • ‘Uh oh, pop quiz on the English-language syntax.’

Pronunciation

pop quiz