Verb Quiz

Put on your gab-a-lorious thinking caps, girls …

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Because it’s time for another wonderful word matching quiz!


(I heard you whooping for joy.)

This week, I pulled a slew of wacky verbs from my trove of terminology and would love to know how many of them you can match to their definitions.

I’ll give you a word and its pronunciation, then I’ll list three definitions—only one choice is correct. Write down your answers as you go, then check them at the end.


1. Honeyfuggle (HUN-ee-fuh-guhl):

A. To deceive or swindle, especially by flattery

B. To wink

C. To distract by means of confusion


2. Lallygag (LAL-ee-gag, LAH-lee-gag):

A. To herd geese

B. To sneeze

C. To fool around, waste time, or spend time lazily


3. Hornswoggle (HAWRN-swog-uhl):

A. To charm one into doing things your way

B. To laugh with gusto

C. To bamboozle, trick, hoodwink, or hoax


4. Nictitate (NIK-ti-teyt):

A. To wink

B. To chew

C. To smoke


5. Blandish (BLAN-dish):

A. To wield a sword

B. To coax with flattery

C. To cover one’s face with a kerchief


6. Bombilate (BOM-bi-layt):

A. To make a humming or buzzing noise

B. To guess

C. To overwhelm with kindness


7. Gam (Gam):

A. To kick one’s leg

B. To spend time talking

C. To chew with one’s mouth open


8. Agglutinate (uh-GLOOT-n-ayt):

A. To become gluten tolerant

B. To describe something thoroughly

C. To join or become joined as if by glue


All done?

Pretty confident?

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If so—if you’re sure you know—then go ahead and check your answers …










How’d ya do?


  1. CJ Armstrong says:

    How fun! I got a little over half of them!
    Thanks for the Saturday morning fun!

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I missed #3 & #4! What was also interesting is how these words, which most I have heard all my life, were actuality spelled. I don’t think I have ever written them out. Spelling them would be a big challenge!

  3. Karlyne says:

    The only one I’d never heard of was “nictitate”, but I guessed it right. The rest of the them were familiar mostly because I have a passion for old novels, although the actual definition for bombilate did throw me. Bzzzz. Bzzzz. Come to think of it, I’ve been known to bombilate myself!

  4. Liz Hinchman says:

    not even half…

  5. And I thought I was good with words, got 3 wrong! Darn, need to brush up my vocabulary. And I have a passion for old books too, karlyne, but not as smart as you!

  6. Sandi King says:

    Missed 4; 4 correct although I hadn’t heard of 5 of these and guessed at them. Learning something new is always a good thing even if I never use these words. LOL

  7. Stacey Mitchell says:

    LOL I only got 2 right. I need to study.

  8. Jill Yelland-DeMooy says:

    5/8 right. Interesting words, I had only heard of half of them.

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