Improving Vocabulary 3
Buzz through this quiz to find out what bombilate means!

Improving Vocabulary 3

In this third 11-plus English quiz on 'Improving Vocabulary', you are going to have a bit of fun. How many unusual 'b-words' do you know? The more words you have in your armoury, the better equipped you are to write an interesting story, or keep your listeners listening as you speak!

Have you noticed that when you learn a new word, you tend to see it everywhere? A new word will only 'stick' in your mind if you use it so try and add it either in your writing or speech occasionally - otherwise you will most likely forget it.

Have a go at this quiz to brush up your language skills. Don't worry if you are not familiar with many of the words - this is one of our trickier quizzes!

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  1. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Brickbat (noun)
    It also means 'harshly, unfavourable criticism'
  2. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Bugbear (noun)
    It also means 'a continuing source of irritation or difficulty'
  3. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Boondock (noun)
    This is a Filipino word meaning 'mountain'. It was used by American soldiers when talking about action in the rural areas of Vietnam, and the word is extensively used by soldiers when on active duty in rural areas
  4. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Behemoth (noun)
    It's actually a huge beast: possibly a hippo (Bible: Job 40:15)
  5. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Baleful (adjective)
    It also means 'threatening, or seeming to threaten, harm or bad luck'. For example, 'a baleful stare'
  6. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Brazen (adjective)
    It also means 'harsh sounding'
  7. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Bric-a-brac (noun)
    All that junk that we collect in our bedrooms!
  8. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Bombilate (verb)
    This verb can aslo be written as 'bombinate'. It is a regular verb: 'bombinate-bombinated-bombinated'
  9. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Bugaboo (noun)
    This is especially so when it's an imagined threat or problem
  10. Select the correct meaning of the given word.
    Baedeker (noun)
    In honour of Verlag Karl Baedeker: the well-known German-based publisher of worldwide travel guides

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