SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SSAT Middle Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

FLAILING

Possible Answers:

Waving wildly

Smiling broadly

Peeking slyly

Grinning hungrily

Shouting angrily

Correct answer:

Waving wildly

Explanation:

To "flail" is to wave or thrash around wildly. To "smile" and to "grin" are near synonyms. To "shout" and to "scream" are near synonyms as well. To "peek" is to glance quickly or stealthily.

Example Question #52 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

GALLOPING

Possible Answers:

Declaiming

Racing

Dawdling

Hesitating

Exclaiming

Correct answer:

Racing

Explanation:

A "gallop" is the fastest gait at which a horse can run, so "racing" is the best synonym for "galloping." To "hesitate" is to pause, to "exclaim" is to cry out, and to "declaim" is to deliver a speech. "Dawdling" and "lingering" are synonyms.

Example Question #53 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DARTING

Possible Answers:

Unnerving

Exclamatory

Dashing

Exclaiming

Obscuring

Correct answer:

Dashing

Explanation:

Both "darting" and "dashing" describe quick, sudden movements, so they are the closest synonyms. To "obscure" is to hide or conceal, and to "exclaim" is to cry out. "Exclamatory" means in the manner of an exclamation. "Unnerving" means discouraging or unsettling.

Example Question #54 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SWAGGERING

Possible Answers:

Sedate

Vicious

Selfish

Strutting

Scolding

Correct answer:

Strutting

Explanation:

"Swaggering" and "strutting" both describe a type of walk full of confidence and arrogance. "Selfish" means the opposite of selfless, and "vicious" means violent or cruel. "Sedate" means calm and quiet. To "scold" is to reprimand or chastise.

Example Question #55 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

TWISTY

Possible Answers:

Yellowed

Infuriating

Very painful

Edible

Tortuous

Correct answer:

Tortuous

Explanation:

"Tortuous" and "twisty" both mean winding, full of twists and turns. "Edible" means able to be eaten, "infuriating" means maddening, and "yellowed" means turned yellow (usually because of age). "Painful" is a near synonym for torturous, the word used to describe torture, but that is a different word from tortuous.

Example Question #56 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

WINDING

Possible Answers:

Circuitous

Automatic

Mechanical

Electrical

Direct

Correct answer:

Circuitous

Explanation:

A "circuitous" path is one that weaves and winds; it is indirect. While circuits sometimes are electrical, the two adjectives are not synonymous. "Mechanical" and "automatic" can be synonyms.

Example Question #57 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DASHING

Possible Answers:

Gruesome

Northern

Hideous

Ambling

Bolting

Correct answer:

Bolting

Explanation:

To "dash" is to bolt or rush rapidly. To "amble" is to stroll or walk in a leisurely way. "Dashing" can also mean stylish and attractive, antonyms of "hideous" and "gruesome." "Northern" describes a cardinal direction.

Example Question #58 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

DAWDLING

Possible Answers:

Curvaceous

Efficient

Adverbial

Lingering

Efficacious

Correct answer:

Lingering

Explanation:

To "dawdle" or "linger" is to delay or waste time over something. "Efficacious" and "efficient" are synonyms that are both opposites of "dawdling" and "lingering." "Adverbial" describes adverbs (a part of speech). "Curvaceous" means shapely and curved and is usually used to describe women's bodies.

Example Question #59 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ENDEMIC

Possible Answers:

Urban

Rural

Contagious

Judicious

Native

Correct answer:

Native

Explanation:

Something that is "endemic" to an area is native to that area; it originates from that area. "Contagious" is a medical word meaning infectious. "Rural" describes the countryside and is an antonym of "urban." Someone "judicious" shows good judgment.

Example Question #60 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ANTIQUATED

Possible Answers:

Witty

Harmonious

Brainy

Novel

Old-fashioned

Correct answer:

Old-fashioned

Explanation:

"Antiquated" means old-fashioned or outdated. "Novel" means new or unique. "Brainy" means intelligent, and "witty" similarly means clever. "Harmonious" means either peaceful (amicable) or producing a pleasant sound (melodious).

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