they think you a “quiz” without actually saying the words

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The quotation comes from Jane Eyre Chapter 21

Quotation: Georgiana added to her “How d’ye do?” several commonplaces about my journey, the weather, and so on, uttered in rather a drawling tone:and accompanied by sundry side-glances that measured me from head to foot—now traversing the folds of my drab merino pelisse, and now lingering on the plain trimming of my cottage bonnet. Young ladies have a remarkable way of letting you know that they think you a “quiz” without actually saying the words. A certain superciliousness of look, coolness of manner, nonchalance of tone, express fully their sentiments on the point, without committing them by any positive rudeness in word or deed.
Hi everyone! I'm not sure about the meaning of the word "quiz" Does it mean "an eccentric, often odd-looking person [Chiefly Brit.] " ?
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    This usage is meant to say that the person looks strange and difficult to understand, much like a sudden test, or "quiz", does one who is not prepared for one. So while it makes sense if you give it a think, it sounds outlandish to modern readers.
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