Quiz: Do You Actually Know the True Meaning of These Everyday Words?

You might think you know these words, but do you really?

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 Jun 25, 2018
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Question: 1/25What Does This Word Mean?


Frugal
Spends a lot
Sparing or economical when it comes to money
A counterfeit

Question: 2/25What Does This Word Mean?


Gaudy
Showy and extravagant
Foreign and historical
Small and quaint

Question: 3/25What Does This Word Mean?


Eloquent
The opposite of elegant
Fluent or articulate in language
Lacking a strong vocabulary

Question: 4/25What Does This Word Mean?


Ironic
An occurrence that is the opposite of what you’d expect
Something funny that happened to you
An occurrence that people love to talk about

Question: 5/25What Does This Word Mean?


Effect
A change that is a result or consequence of an action
To pressure something to happen
To cause or to induce something to happen

Question: 6/25What Does This Word Mean?


Compelled
To be confused
To avoid doing something that others deem necessary
To be forced, obligated or pressured into doing something

Question: 7/25What Does This Word Mean?


Ensure
To secure or protect someone against a possible contingency.
Happen or occur afterward or as a result.
Make certain that something will occur or be the case

Question: 8/25What Does This Word Mean?


Adequate
A musical instrument
A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church
Satisfactory or acceptable

Question: 9/25What Does This Word Mean?


Frequent
Feeling sick to one’s stomach
Feeling overly tired
Reoccurring or doing something on many occasions

Question: 10/25What Does This Word Mean?


Bare
Not covered or decorated
A large mammal
Without any money

Question: 11/25What Does This Word Mean?


Cell
To exchange a product or service for money
A square
A small area or room

Question: 12/25What Does This Word Mean?


Redundant
Unintelligent
Unnecessary, excessive, expendable
Expansive

Question: 13/25What Does This Word Mean?


Dew
Indicates the deadline (final day) that something can happen
Indicates an action
Small drops of water that accumulate

Question: 14/25What Does This Word Mean?


Ferry
A large aircraft
A boat that moves passengers and vehicles across water
A mythical creature that can often do magic

Question: 15/25What Does This Word Mean?


Literally
To indicate something did not happen in reality but occurred figuratively
To indicate that something was taken seriously, though it didn't happen
To indicate that something actually happened

Question: 16/25What Does This Word Mean?


Insolent
Polite
Rude and disrespectful
Not guilty of a crime

Question: 17/25What Does This Word Mean?


Entitled
The title of a book or film
Having, or believing that you have, the right to something
Being incorrect but believing oneself to be right.

Question: 18/25What Does This Word Mean?


Infamous
A famous person in disguise as a civilian
Famous for a negative reason or quality
To be very famous

Question: 19/25What Does This Word Mean?


Chronic
Persistent, occurring over a long time, and difficult to cure or eradicate
Dire and severe
Complicated

Question: 20/25What Does This Word Mean?


Compliment
To add to or enhance
To say something nice
To finish

Question: 21/25What Does This Word Mean?


Discreet
Individual, separate, or distinct
To vilify someone
Careful, cautious, showing good judgment

Question: 22/25What Does This Word Mean?


Mute
Something that is of no practical importance
Unspoken or unable to speak
Someone who is not intelligent

Question: 23/25What Does This Word Mean?


Peak
The lowest point
A quick glance
The highest point

Question: 24/25What Does This Word Mean?


Proceed
To come before
To set out rules
To begin or continue

Question: 25/25What Does This Word Mean?


Evoke
To imitate
To avoid
To call to mind
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Have you ever wondered if you’re any good at giving definitions for words you use every day? While many everyday words are simple, the truth is many adults don’t know their true meaning, even if they use them often. Take our quiz to see how well you actually know the meaning of these common words! Take a word like “ironic”. Does it mean “something funny that happened to you “, “an occurrence that people love to talk about” or “an occurrence that is the opposite of what you’d expect”? What about the word “peruse”? Do you think it means “to read something attentively”, “to skim over something briefly” or “to be introduced to a subject”? For the word “effect”, would you choose “the outcome of a cause”, “to cause or to induce something to happen” or “to pressure something to happen” for the definition, and for the word “compelled”, would you choose “to voluntarily do something, usually out of a moral or internal impulse”, “to be forced, obligated or pressured into doing something” or “to avoid doing something that others deem necessary”? Would you say that the word “disinterested” means “impartial, not influenced by the outcome of something”, “uninterested, as in “bored” by the outcome or something” or “confused about the outcome of something”? There’s only one way to find out how well you know your everyday English words! Take the quiz now and see how many words you can correctly give the meaning to! For more fun and challenging vocab quizzes, visit women.com!