Expand your vocabulary | Sunday Observer

Expand your vocabulary

23 July, 2023

Expand your vocabulary

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

1. Dumbfound

A. to shock

B. to play dumb

C. to irritate

D. to please

2. Bushwhack

A. to avoid danger

B. to clear a path

C. to plan ahead

D. to wait impatiently

3. Skinflint

One who is

A. angry

B. generous

C. stingy

D. lame

4. Flimflam

A. stability

B. amusing story

C. dangerous experiment

D. deception

5. Leeway

A. flexibility

B. rigidity

C. negligence

D. generosity

6. Hamstring

A. to empower

B. to disable

C. to reject

D. to abandon

7. Forgo

A. to take away

B. to run away

C. to do without

D. to proceed

8. Makeshift

A. authentic

B. revolutionary

C. impulsive

D. substitute

9. Foreshadow

A. to indicate

B. to disguise

C. to abuse

D. to waste

10. Forestall

A. to presume

B. to prevent

C. to oblige

D. to protest

11. Pyrotechnics

A. elaborate designs

B. angry outbursts

C. fireworks display

D. costly victories

12. Forthright

A. impatient

B. polite

C. hidden

D. frank

13. Dunce

Person who is

A. dull-witted

B. innocent

C. obedient

D. lazy

14. Ampere

Unit for measuring

A. water flow

B. electricity

C. heat

D. expenditure

15. Leotard

A. headband

B. ballet slipper

C. close-fitting garment

D. silk scarf

16. Mausoleum

A. Turkish rug

B. large urn

C. old building

D. tomb

17. Maudlin

A. foolishly sentimental

B. forgetful

C. sensitive

D. compassionate

18. Mesmerise

A. to vanish

B. to hypnotise

C. to confuse

D. to daydream

19. Chauvinistic

A. stubborn

B. friendly

C. smug, superior

in attitude

D. insincere

20. Shrapnel

A. Arabian perfume

B. shrub

C. booster rocket

D. scattered fragments



1. A

2. B

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. D

17. A

18. B

19. C

20. D



10 – 14 Correct: Good

15 – 17 Correct: Excellent

18 – 20 Correct: Exceptional