Primary School English Quiz - Dictionary - Choose A Word Consulting A Dictionary (Questions)

We know that English is a language spoken by the largest number of people in the world. How do these people keep track of the thousands of words that are in the English language? The answer is through a dictionary!

A dictionary keeps track of all the words in a manner that is designed for easy reference and retrieval. If you want to look for a word whose meaning you want to know, then you go to a dictionary and search for the word and you will find its meaning.

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The dictionary is arranged in alphabetical order so as to enable the user to quickly search for the word he wants. For instance, if you want to find the meaning of DEMOLISH then you open the dictionary where the words with letter ā€˜Dā€™ start. Obviously, they come after listing all the words starting with A, B and C. The words with the letter D start with the first letter as D and the second letter as A. When all the words starting with DA are exhausted then the dictionary starts listing words starting with DB. This kind of listing continues till the words with DZ are exhausted. Then, the dictionary starts listing the words starting with the letter ā€˜Eā€™. So, when you are searching for the word DEMOLISH you start where all the words starting with DD end and run quickly through to the ending of words starting with DEM and so on till you reach the words starting with DEMOLISH. You will find that this is a unique word and in the dictionary it comes after DEMOISELLE.

Remember that there are many kinds of dictionaries and they have their own unique way of presenting the words but. Some of the dictionaries also give additional information such as the pronunciation of the word and the origin of the word. Of course, with the advent of the internet it is now possible to view a dictionary online without taking recourse to a dictionary in book form. The online dictionaries give much more information and in addition they can also give synonyms or antonyms for a word.

The next time you come across a new word and you want to know its meaning all you have to do is look it up in a dictionary. While you are at it look up the meaning of DEMOISELLE! Take this quiz and learn new words through the use of a dictionary.

1. Which of the following words means 'coming violently into contact'?
[ ] Collision.
[ ] Confusion.
[ ] Confound.
[ ] Complicate.
2. Which of the following words means 'to walk through or travel through'?
[ ] Prevalent.
[ ] Prevaricate.
[ ] Pernicious.
[ ] Perambulate.
3. Which of the following words means 'to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits?
[ ] Democratise.
[ ] Demarcate.
[ ] Demoralise.
[ ] Deterministic.
4. Which of the following words means 'to cry out noisily'?
[ ] Vilification.
[ ] Vehemently.
[ ] Ventriloquism.
[ ] Vociferous.
5. Which of the following words means 'outward aspect or appearance'?
[ ] Schizophrenia.
[ ] Semblance.
[ ] Simplistic.
[ ] Simmering.
6. Which of the following words means 'boisterous or unruly'?
[ ] Ramification.
[ ] Rarefied.
[ ] Rumbustious.
[ ] Retaliation.
7. Which of the following words means 'listless, lethargic, without interest'?
[ ] Leverage.
[ ] Lugubrious.
[ ] Lexicon.
[ ] Lackadaisical.
8. Which of the following words means 'nonconformist, unconventional, unorthodox'?
[ ] Maverick.
[ ] Marinated.
[ ] Morose.
[ ] Morbid.
9. Which of the following words means 'pertaining to the office of a Governor'?
[ ] Gravity.
[ ] Gratuity.
[ ] Gibberish.
[ ] Gubernatorial.
10. Which of the following words means 'impulsive or rash'?
[ ] Quiver.
[ ] Quicken.
[ ] Quixotic.
[ ] Quiescent.
Primary School English Quiz - Dictionary - Choose A Word Consulting A Dictionary (Answers)
1. Which of the following words means 'coming violently into contact'?
[x] Collision.
[ ] Confusion.
[ ] Confound.
[ ] Complicate.
When two vehicles dash against each other a collision occurs. Find the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
2. Which of the following words means 'to walk through or travel through'?
[ ] Prevalent.
[ ] Prevaricate.
[ ] Pernicious.
[x] Perambulate.
'He loved to perambulate the streets of the city' means 'he loved to walk through the city'. The word 'pram' a device for carrying a baby as you walk along, is a shortened form of the word 'perambulator' or 'walker'. You can learn the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
3. Which of the following words means 'to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits?
[ ] Democratise.
[x] Demarcate.
[ ] Demoralise.
[ ] Deterministic.
'I asked the authorities to demarcate the boundaries between our two properties' means 'I asked them to mark out the boundaries between the properties'. Look for the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
4. Which of the following words means 'to cry out noisily'?
[ ] Vilification.
[ ] Vehemently.
[ ] Ventriloquism.
[x] Vociferous.
'The bowler appealed to the umpire vociferously' means 'he appealed loudly and noisily'. Find the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
5. Which of the following words means 'outward aspect or appearance'?
[ ] Schizophrenia.
[x] Semblance.
[ ] Simplistic.
[ ] Simmering.
'Some semblance of a normal life is possible for the patient if he undergoes the operation' means 'he will have the appearance of a normal life'. You can learn the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
6. Which of the following words means 'boisterous or unruly'?
[ ] Ramification.
[ ] Rarefied.
[x] Rumbustious.
[ ] Retaliation.
'I couldn't control the rumbustious children at the zoo'. Find the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
7. Which of the following words means 'listless, lethargic, without interest'?
[ ] Leverage.
[ ] Lugubrious.
[ ] Lexicon.
[x] Lackadaisical.
'The lackadaisical approach of the fielder caused the batsmen to steal two runs'. You can learn the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
8. Which of the following words means 'nonconformist, unconventional, unorthodox'?
[x] Maverick.
[ ] Marinated.
[ ] Morose.
[ ] Morbid.
'He is a maverick executive and hence the most successful'. Find the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
9. Which of the following words means 'pertaining to the office of a Governor'?
[ ] Gravity.
[ ] Gratuity.
[ ] Gibberish.
[x] Gubernatorial.
'After retirement from active politics he was offered a gubernatorial post.' You can learn the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary
10. Which of the following words means 'impulsive or rash'?
[ ] Quiver.
[ ] Quicken.
[x] Quixotic.
[ ] Quiescent.
'His quixotic behaviour in class earned him a reprimand from the teacher.' The word is derived from Don Quixote, a character in a book by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Find the meanings of the other words by using a dictionary