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QUIZ: Do you know the meanings of these English words?

Last updated on: April 30, 2014 15:28 IST

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Choose the option that is closest in meaning to the main word in the English vocabulary quiz below.

Often, while reading a book or talking to someone, we come across new words that surprise us with their meanings.

For example, do you think the word 'fatuous' has something to do with being fat? Or 'specious' has got something to do with the word 'special'?

Here are some words that sound like something you know... but are they really?

Take the English vocabulary quiz below and find out if you know the meanings of these fancy words.

1. All of us masticate. But what does 'masticate' mean?
1) Floss
2) Sexually satisfy oneself
3) Chew

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2. What does the word 'concomitant' mean?
1) Not committed
2) Traitor
3) Accompanying

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3. You've probably heard of cupid. But ever wondered what 'cupidity' meant?
1) The feeling of being in love
2) Excessive greed for possessions
3) The act of being ignorant

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4. What does the word 'gauche' mean?
1) Fashionable
2) Elegant
3) Socially awkward

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5. What's a 'soiree'? 
1) A French soup
2) A sad poem
3) An evening party

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6. If you were to accidentally type ‘specious’ instead of spacious, it could mean something else entirely. Do you know what it could be?
1) Suspicious
2) Misleadingly attractive
3) Someone special

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7. If a friend calls you a 'droll' or 'droller', should you take it as a compliment? Do you know what it means?
1) Amusing
2) Fat
3) Dumb

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8. What is 'apoplectic'?
1) Concerned
2) Angry
3) Stubborn

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9. If you find a book jejune, chances are that it is...?
1) Informative
2) Uninteresting
3) A page-turner

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10. When you tell someone they're being fatuous, you mean they are being...
1) Incorrect
2) Silly
3) Untimely

 



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