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Words beginning with F

Here is the latest in my series of quizzes on word meanings. Can you work out which is the most likely meaning?

  • fabliau

    • A dramatic presentation
    • An elaborate lie
    • A comic tale in verse
  • factious

    • A remark that is intended to be funny but misses the mark
    • Likely to cause conflict within a group
    • Containing truth as opposed to fiction
  • fatsia

    • A shrub that is often grown as a houseplant
    • An Italian insult
    • The cells that comprise excess bodily fat
  • ferntickles

    • An allergic reaction to certain types of vegetation
    • Another word for giggles
    • Another word for freckles
  • figurante

    • Someone who excels at mathematics
    • A ballet dancer who always dances in a group
    • Using language in an obscure way
  • fishplate

    • A piece of metal used to bolt two other pieces together
    • Part of a dinner service
    • A bone that is only found in sharks
  • flense

    • A sense of general wellbeing
    • An old word for binoculars
    • To strip the blubber from a whale or seal
  • forecourse

    • The warming-up area at an athletics track
    • The lowest of a ship’s foresails
    • The most direct route to anywhere
  • freet

    • A superstition
    • To be afraid of something
    • To run quickly for a very short time
  • futtock

    • The upper part of the thigh
    • A pig farmer
    • A curved timber on a traditional wooden boat

What do you think?

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    • They are not exactly everyday words with me either! The idea is to dig some obscure words out of the dictionary and see how close people can get to working them out. It is not really intended as a test of one’s knowledge.

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