Dictionary Quiz

Updated on June 30, 2018
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I've spent half a century (yikes) writing for radio and print—mostly print. I hope to be still tapping the keys as I take my last breath.


There’s a game people play called Fictionary in which an obscure word is ferreted out of a dictionary by a quizmaster/mistress. Players have to write a definition for that word without knowing what it means.

The quizperson also writes down the correct definition. The answers are shuffled and read out and players pick what they believe to be the correct definition. For highly competitive people a scoring system can be added, say a point for getting the right answer and another for people picking your wrong definition.

Wine also helps the game go along with verve and creativity.

This offering is a slight variation in which 20 words have four definitions, of which only one is correct. The right answers follow the quiz, but you wouldn’t cheat would you? You have to provide your own wine. Sorry.

So, let's get started.

Fictionary Quiz

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“The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.”

G. K. Chesterton

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“I like the word ‘indolence.’ It makes my laziness seem classy.”

Bern Williams

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“The two most beautiful words in the English language are ‘check enclosed.’ ”

Dorothy Parker

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“Never make fun of someone who speaks broken English. It means they know another language.”

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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That's it

How did you do? Here are the correct answers.

Snudge - To walk about in such a way as to look busy.

Moue - An expression of displeasure; pursed lips.

Callypygian - Having perfectly shaped buttocks.

Galactophagist - An animal that exists on milk.

Pantechnicon - A furniture or moving van.

Cruciferous - Group of vegetables related to cabbage.

Persiflage - Witty, light-hearted chatter.

Stegophile - Someone who climbs urban structures.

Wamblecropt - Suffering from indigestion.

Querimonious - The act of complaining about everything.

Argute - Shrewd.

Crepuscular - Relating to twilight.

Aeolist - A pompous person claiming to have special insight.

Forwallowed - Fifteenth century word meaning tired from disturbed sleep.

Crapulence - An extreme hangover.

Susurration - The soft scratching sound made by, for example, dried leaves moving over a stone patio.

Edentulous - Having no teeth.

Punnet - A small container for vegetables and fruit.

Balter - Dancing clumsily.

Virago - Strong, war-like woman.

Bonus Factoids

The Oxford English Dictionary contains 615,000 words.

Schoolmaster is an anagram of “the classroom.”

The shortest word in English to contain the letters abcdef is feedback

The letter “E” accounts for 11 percent of the entire English language. The 1939 novel Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright does not contain a single letter “E.”

No wine was wasted during the creation of this quiz.


A throng of thesauruses, loads of lexicons, and dozens of dictionaries.

© 2018 Rupert Taylor


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    • Rupert Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Rupert Taylor 

      19 months ago from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

      Susan. I know you believe everything works better with wine and so do I. And no matter how rank the vintage it rarely provokes a moue.

    • Rupert Taylor profile imageAUTHOR

      Rupert Taylor 

      19 months ago from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

      Rochelle that's a cruel challenge.

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      Susan Edwards 

      19 months ago

      A similar game is called Balderdash. And it also works better with wine.

    • Rochelle Frank profile image

      Rochelle Frank 

      19 months ago from California Gold Country

      Now, write a short fiction using all of those words.

      ("Repaid" is "diaper" spelled backwards.)

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      19 months ago

      Alas, no wine to accompany me in this word adventure Rupert. However, loads of fun! I liked the sound of sussuration. Ha! As for for the aeolist I thought of aeriole. Talk about one's thought moving in very different directions.


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