Can You Fill In the Correct Word to Complete These Sentences?
By: Tasha Moore
About This Quiz
Complete the sentences with the right homonym to do well on this quiz. There are two sensible choices, one less sensible choice and one hilarious choice to sift through. Consider word form when making your selections and you'll do fine. The words are simple, but they can be tricky when identifying.
As an added bonus, we've included word origins for many of the answers. You'll find super-interesting facts about words we hear every day. Many of the words first came on the scene sometime around the 12th century. Old English and Old French terms precede most of these word gems. Word-form iterations usually sprang up centuries apart, a testament to the amazing flexibility of the spoken and written word. Some words, as you shall see, have been laid to rest, replaced by more polished modern terms. You'll absorb the hidden history of today's commonly used language at the end of this amusing vocabulary quiz.
How many homonyms can you master? Choose the correct answers without peaking, peeking or piquing?
Caroline was so ________ by Stephen's rudeness that she left the office party abruptly.
"Affected" is a past participle adjective formed from the verb "affect." "Affected" was first used in the 1530s to mean "disposed," which is a meaning no longer used.
Carrie was so ________ after work, she fell asleep fully clothed in the bathtub.
"Beat" is a verb that means "to strike repeatedly." As a noun, it means "a single blow" or the "sound produced by a stroke or blow." The word was first used as a verb before the 12th century, and as a noun around 1625.
The wily wolf huffed, puffed and ________ the house in.
"Blew" is derived from the Old English "bleow," and is the past tense verb form of "blow." The Old English "blawan" means "to make an air current, blow, kindle, inflate" or "to make a sound with a wind instrument."
The lethargic kitten couldn't look any more ________ on this rainy day.
The adjective, "bored," came about in 1823 and means "to feel weary due to lack of interest in one's current activity" or "characterized by boredom." "Bored" is the past participle adjective form of the verb, "bore."
________ your motivational words into the soldier's weary ears.
"Pour" likely has Old French origin from "purer," meaning "to sift." The verb first appeared around the 14th century, and the noun form came about in 1790 and means "the activity of pouring," "an instance or amount poured" or "a downpour of rain."
The soccer players ________ the game but lost their souls.
"Won" is the past participle verb of "win" from Old English "gewinnen," which is the past participle of "winnan." The noun form of "won" first appeared in 1917 and means "basic monetary unit of South Korea and North Korea."
The best way to accrue ________ is to sell the sweaters at a higher cost than which you purchased them.
Both the noun and verb forms of "profit" came about in the 14th century. "Profit" is "financial gain; the difference between amount earned and amount spent in a business operation." The verb, "profit," means "acquiring financial advantage, particularly from an investment."
Jessie's substantial reward is fair compensation for that tremendous ________ he managed to pull off.
"Feat" derives from Anglo-French "fet," meaning "action," and Latin "factum," meaning something done." Aside from its noun definition, "feat" took the, now archaic, adjectival form meaning "neat" or "smart."
Poor Sarah is such a productive student, but she's stuck with a team of ________ slackers.
Before the 12th century, "idle" was first used as an adjective to mean "unemployed" or "unoccupied." The word is derived from the West Germanic Old English word "idel," which means "empty" or "useless."