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What does “stagger” mean?

2010-11-30 in Vocab


What does “stagger” mean?

Part of Speech: verb

Pronunciations: IPA: /ˈstægər/ Glossary-style: [STA-gur]

Definition: walk, move, or stand unsteadily (Ex: to stagger home drunk). arrange alternately (Ex: staggers the arrivals of different people). overwhelm with surprise; shock (Ex: to stagger the imagination).

Example: A recent movie contained a mind-staggering plot in which the main character moved between dreams and reality, and ultimately, the audience was unsure of which the movie took place in.

Practice vocab question for “stagger”

1. stagger has at least two possible meanings, including

(A) revolve and fascinate
(B) move unsteadily and amaze
(C) trouble and stab
(D) paint and renovate
(E) shock and injure

2. If Zach gets off the spinning tea cups at and amusement park and staggers, he

(A) takes off his sweatshirt and puts it in his backpack
(B) walks erratically (and perhaps his friends will advise him to sit down for a moment)
(C) starts shouting about how thrilling the ride was
(D) is too disoriented to find his friends (and perhaps takes a seat for a moment)
(E) walks steadily while his friends rush to catch up with him

3. A wounded man staggered down the street. He was most likely

(A) having a difficult time walking upright because of the pain
(B) walking with a happy skip in his step the whole time
(C) dancing with great strength and vigor
(D) walking with an incredible sense of pride
(E) using a cane to balance himself


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What does “quaff” mean?

2010-11-29 in Vocab

What does “quaff” mean?


Part of Speech:verb

Pronunciations: IPA: /kwɒf/ Glossary-style: [kwof]

Definition: verb: drink in great quantity with pleasure, as alcohol. noun: a drink that is drunk in great quantity with pleasure. an act of drinking in great quantity with pleasure.

Example: College students (for example those in the United States) are known for quaffing great amounts of alcohol, typically in the form of cheap beer. (Just for the record, this is a very bad habit.)

Practice vocab question!

Sir Drink-a-lot ——- his ale greedily, ——- his potations quickly and happily.
(A) sipped . . eschewing
(B) quaffed . . nursing
(C) imbibed . . gulping down
(D) consumed . . avoiding
(E) refused . . chugalugging


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Contest rules

2010-11-28 in Miscellaneous

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What does “pugilist” mean?

2010-11-25 in Vocab

What does “pugilist” mean?


Part of Speech: noun

Pronunciations: IPA: /ˈpyu.dʒə.lɪst/ Glossary-style: [PYOO-juh-list]

Definition: someone who fights with his fists; a boxer.

Example: A natural pugilist, Sugar Ray found that boxing came easy to him.

Practice vocab question!

1. Jurgis Murgis found that in his life, he was drawn more to the ways of the pugilist than to those of the pacifist; he was tempted to resolve disputes ——- rather than ——-.
(A) physically . . logically
(B) loudly . . quietly
(C) by fighting . . with humor
(D) without complaining . . with irritation
(E) violently . . peacefully


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