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11 quizzes and 140 trivia questions.
  Disconnect "Dis" Connection: A Spaced Out Quiz   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Guess the word that, along with "dis", will create a three-word phrase. Word one will be a word prefixed with "dis". Word two will be "dis" meaning "this". Word three will be the first word without prefix. Example: DisMOUNT "dis" MOUNT.
Tough, 10 Qns, uglybird, Dec 07 04
2044 plays
  Can I Con You into Taking This Quiz?    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Each one-word answer contains the word "con." With homage to Ravenskye's many Words Within Words quizzes (if you like vocabulary quizzes, you should check out this category).
Tough, 15 Qns, robynraymer, Sep 03 09
2192 plays
  You Get Ten Points 'Per' Word!    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
Each answer is a word containing 'per.' Most (but not all) begin with 'per'. If you like this one, please try 'Get a Good Tan!'
Tough, 25 Qns, robynraymer, Jul 22 15
968 plays
  Bad Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz isn't about obscenities or cuss words, but about words that contain the word 'bad'. Have a good time with the 'bad' words in this quiz. N.B. Read the hints carefully.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, Cymruambyth, Jul 11 07
Very Difficult
Cymruambyth gold member
518 plays
  How Well Do You Know Jack?    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Each one-word answer contains the word "jack." (This is different from my "Jack" quiz in the Idioms section.)
Tough, 10 Qns, robynraymer, Sep 01 10
972 plays
  Pen Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You write with pens or keep your rabbits; In a pen to curb their habits; Pen's in the word in every question; Of this quiz without exception.
Tough, 10 Qns, Sallyo, Jun 18 19
Jun 18 19
592 plays
  Body Parts    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
'Leg' 'Arm' 'Lip' or 'Ear' turn up frequently at the beginning, middle and end of English words. Can you fill in the remaining letters to complete the words? Have fun, it's really easy.
Tough, 20 Qns, Fiachra, Nov 16 08
1496 plays
  Fortune Telling Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz deals with words that have to do with methods of fortune telling. Some are familiar methods, but there are also some obscure ones. All these words end with 'mancy'.
Tough, 10 Qns, nerthus, Nov 19 17
Nov 19 17
1296 plays
  Words to 'Ham' Around With    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz of vocabulary is about words containing the word 'ham'. I will give you the definition and you tell me the word. Note that the word does not necessarily start with 'ham'.
Difficult, 10 Qns, onlytrivial, Jan 16 05
462 plays
  An 'Inspired' Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
All of the words in this quiz contain the word 'spire', with reference to the "Collins English Dictionary, Third Edition".
Tough, 10 Qns, demurechicky, May 02 09
demurechicky gold member
338 plays
  More Words From Words    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Word-sensitivity might be a great help in remembering new words. Children with a natural flair for word-relations(= sound AND meaning somehow related) pick up words more easily. Ever thought of the 'link' between a GEYSER and water that GUSHES up?
Tough, 10 Qns, chrissie_26, Jun 13 02
855 plays

Difficult Words Within Words Trivia Questions

1. Which 'spire' word means, 'to become known or come to light'?

From Quiz
An 'Inspired' Quiz

Answer: Transpire

With regard to plants, the word transpire means 'to lose water in the form of water vapour especially through the stomata of the leaves'.

2. The secondary definition of this word given in my Canadian Oxford Dictionary is "any feature or sign which reveals a characteristic condition or quality"

From Quiz Bad Words

Answer: Badge

According to the web site 'Baronage' badges took on social and military importance in the time of King Edward III of England. They were worn by servants and retainers of the aristocracy (but never by the aristocrat him/herself - he or she always used a coat of arms to signify rank and position), and also as decoration in the homes of the barons. Military badges indicated which baron the soldier served and later took on importance as an indication of one's regiment. Badges were also used to mark trade goods, and were the predecessors of today's trademarks and logos.

3. I'll start with an easy one. Which 'ham' word is a group of muscles at the back of the thigh and knee?

From Quiz Words to 'Ham' Around With

Answer: hamstring

The hamstring is made up of the biceps femoris, semitendonosus and semimembranosus muscles.

4. Something excellent OR a sweet snack?

From Quiz How Well Do You Know Jack?

Answer: crackerjack & cracker jack

Cracker Jack the snack (made of popcorn, molasses, and peanuts) was introduced at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. It was immortalized in the song "Take Me out to the Ballgame": "...Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack...." Did you know there is fat free CJ available now?

5. What is something an employee might receive in addition to a regular salary?

From Quiz You Get Ten Points 'Per' Word!

Answer: perquisite & perquisites

These are also known as 'perks.'

6. NOTE: *HINTS* give you first letter and last letter + number of letters in between.- Spell out full word when you give the answer.-- HINT : S(2)M - What is the word for removing the top or occasionally the SCUM on top of a liquid?

From Quiz More Words From Words

Answer: Skim

7. Xenomancy is fortunetelling by studying what?

From Quiz Fortune Telling Words

Answer: the first stranger that approaches

8. Which 'spire' word means, 'any of a genus of slender aerobic spiral-shaped spirochetes that are free-living or parasitic in mammals'?

From Quiz An 'Inspired' Quiz

Answer: Leptospire

'Leptospirosis' is 'any of several infectious diseases caused by spirochaete bacteria of the genus 'leptospira' transmitted to man by animals and characterized by jaundice, menengitis and kidney failure'

9. This bad word is of French origin and it means "banter, playful, trifling conversation or teasing ridicule".

From Quiz Bad Words

Answer: Badinage

The French word for joker is badin, so it's easy to see how joking conversation or teasing came to be called badinage. The word is thought to have originated in the eighteenth century and since polite society in England back then often conducted its social conversation en francais, badinage became a fixture in the English language. Incidentally, badin has its origin in the Provencal badar, which means 'to gape', which is probably where we also get our word banter.

10. Which 'ham' word means a three-leaf clover often associated with Ireland and St.Patrick?

From Quiz Words to 'Ham' Around With

Answer: shamrock

The shamrock is the national symbol of Ireland. Sporting teams wear it, it is a popular decoration on St. Patrick's day, and the Irish National Airline, Aer Lingus, features the shamrock as its trademark.

11. What's a synonym for 'saucy' or 'flippant'?

From Quiz You Get Ten Points 'Per' Word!

Answer: pert

Jonathan Swift wrote: 'Damp the pert!' I guess it means something similar to 'Take some of the wind out of bratty, cocky people's sails.'

12. HINT S(5)H A human may SHRIEK with fear or panic. What is the word for the sharp, SHRILL noise made by some birds such as the owl?

From Quiz More Words From Words

Answer: Screech

13. Which 'spire' word means, 'to sweat'?

From Quiz An 'Inspired' Quiz

Answer: Perspire

The definition of the word perspire is 'to secrete or exude perspiration through the pores of the skin'.

14. This is another word of French origin. It relates to music, being a type of dance.

From Quiz Bad Words

Answer: Badinerie

The badinerie (which has the same root as badinage) is a short, spirited French dance. In the 18th century, baroque composers often included a badinerie as one of the movements in a suite of music. My favourite - and perhaps the best known example of a badinerie - is found in J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No.2 in B Minor for Flute and Strings (BWV 1067). Check it out and see if you can keep your toes from tapping.

15. This 'ham' word is a unit of currency in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, and other Arab countries.

From Quiz Words to 'Ham' Around With

Answer: dirham

A Morrocan dirham is equal to 100 centimes. A United Arab Emirates dirham is worth 1,000 fils. A dirham is also a unit of currency of lesser value in Qatar, Libya, Tunisia and Kuwait.

16. Pen name in another tongue; A literal translation; Easy to pronounce, I'm told; But not from the British nation. Who am I?

From Quiz Pen Words

Answer: nom de plume

Nom de plume means, literally "name of the pen" or pen name, in French. Nom de guerre means, literally "name of war" or war name, in French. Pseudonym manes "false name" in Latin. Ekename is an old English term for what we now call a "nickname". It seems to mean "also name".

17. An amenity such as a public toilet?

From Quiz Can I Con You into Taking This Quiz?

Answer: convenience

A "convenience store" is one that is close by and open most of the time, such as 7-11. A "marriage of convenience" is one entered into primarily for gain rather than affection.

18. To steal someone's vehicle when the driver is still in it?

From Quiz How Well Do You Know Jack?

Answer: carjack & car jack & hijack

Carjack comes from hijack, but my dictionary says hijack's etymology is unknown.

19. What word means 'extremely picky'?

From Quiz You Get Ten Points 'Per' Word!

Answer: persnickety & pernickety

'Persnickety' really sounds like its meaning.

20. HINT G(5)S What was the name given to those nomads who , from travelling around all the time , got a sun-tan as EGYPTIANS were supposed to have ??

From Quiz More Words From Words

Answer: Gypsies

21. Which 'spire' word means, 'to have great ambition or to desire strongly'?

From Quiz An 'Inspired' Quiz

Answer: Aspire

Other meanings for the word aspire, are 'to yearn for' or 'to have a powerful or ambitious plan'.

22. Where in the world will you see cars with the code BAD on license plates? (Give me the name of the town.)

From Quiz Bad Words

Answer: Baden-Baden& Baden Baden

Baden-Baden is in Baden-Wurttemberg in the Karlsruhe region of south-western Germany and it is a very popular tourist resort. The town is famous for the springs which feed its spa and it has been a popular resort since Roman times, when it was known as Aurelia Aquensis. There's a story that the town was founded by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, but since this is based on an unauthenticated inscription in the Roman ruins, we can probably put that to one side. However, it is known that the Roman legionaries did their R and R in the refreshing mineral waters, and bits and pieces of Roman statuary can still be seen in the remains of the Roman vapour baths which were excavated in 1847. By the middle ages, the town was known as Baden (it was named Baden-Baden in 1931 for bureaucratic creasons, seeing that it was the town of Baden in the state of Baden). Nowadays, tourists flock to Baden-Baden not only for the spa but also for the casinos, shopping and night life.

23. Which 'ham' word means a spiritual figure within a tribe, who often functions as a priest, healer and intellectual?

From Quiz Words to 'Ham' Around With

Answer: shaman

Shamans are common in tribes of Northern Asia, Siberia and South America. They are similar to African 'witch-doctors'.

24. A smallish hunting dog: _______ _______ terrier?

From Quiz How Well Do You Know Jack?

Answer: Jack Russell

Apparently the name will be changed to Parson Russell Terrier in 2003. This is the name of the founder of the Jack Russell Terrier Association of America. Personally, I like Jack better than Parson. That cute dog on "Frasier" is a Jack Russell terrier.

25. HINT: F(4)R What is the related word to say that you put shackles around somebody's FEET?

From Quiz More Words From Words

Answer: Fetter

26. Xylomancy is the art of fortunetelling with what objects?

From Quiz Fortune Telling Words

Answer: pieces of wood

27. Which 'spire' word means, 'to plan together secretly to commit an illegal act'?

From Quiz An 'Inspired' Quiz

Answer: Conspire

The Latin word for conspire is 'conspirare', which means 'to plot together, and literally means to breathe together, from spirare, meaning to breathe'.

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