Expand your vocabulary | Sunday Observer

Expand your vocabulary

14 May, 2023

Circle A, B, C or D that most accurately fits the meaning and check your answers with the key.

1. Cordial

A. friend

B. fruit-falavoured liquer

C. trustworthy person

D. unknown subject

2. Gumption

A. resourcefulness

B. stickiness

C. friendliness

D. honesty

3. Ragamuffin

A. wild beast

B. foreigner

C. child in dirty clothes

D. abandoned pet

4. Jalopy

A. vacant building

B. elderly person

C. small sea fish

D. beat-up car

5. Ewer

A. wide-mouthed water jug

B. paddock for sheep

C. female pig

D. open drain

6. Lollygag

A. sweet drink

B. dawdle

C. wolf down food

D. practical joke

7. Rapscallion

A. vegetarian

B. type of dance

C. mischievous person

D. devotee

8. Gumshoe

A. thief

B. silly person

C. shoemaker

D. detective

9. Apothecary

A. pharmacist

B. fortune teller

C. priest

D. rebel

10. Providence

A. physical comfort

B. divine care

C. mental problem

D. happy coincidence

11. Naughty-naught

A. tangled hair

B. deep well

C. the year 1900

D. trouble-maker

12. Pedal-pushers

A. bicycle gears

B. pointed shoes

C. bicycle

D. calf-length trousers

13. Humdinger

Something or someone

A. extraordinary

B. laughable

C. modern

D. ancient

14. Fat-fingered

A. quick on the keyboard

B. prone to typographical errors

C. prone to steal things

D. quick-tempered

15. Amazon

A. very strong man

B. long river

C. tall, strong woman

D. dynamic person

16. Chimerical

A. resembling a deer

B. resounding

C. wildly fanciful

D. happy

17. Mentor

A. attacker

B. physician

C. rogue

D. guide

18. Stentorian

A. loud

B. sweet

C. strong

D. weak

19. Halcyon

A. lasting forever

B. calm and peaceful

C. unkind

D. sympathetic

20. Dryad

A. mythical giant

B. water sprite

C. wood nymph

D. sandstorm



1. B

2. A

3. C

4. D

5. A

6. B

7. C

8. D

9. A

10. B

11. C

12. D

13. A

14. B

15. C

16. C

17. D

18. A

19. B

20. C



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional