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K Vocabulary Words Quiz #1

Guess these vocabulary words that start with the letter K.
Last updated: October 29, 2017
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Definition
Word
Scottish skirt for men
Kilt
Hotel for dogs
Kennel
Mongolian ruler
Khan
Norse sea monster
Kraken
Oven used to bake pottery
Kiln
Loose Japanese robe
Kimono
What blue whales eat
Krill
Type of large seaweed
Kelp
Young goat
Kid
Japanese suicide bomber
Kamikaze
To bow deeply, touching
one's forehead to the ground
Kowtow
Definition
Word
Israeli commune
Kibbutz
Person who spoils all the fun
Killjoy
The main speech of a conference
Keynote
To punish by dragging under a ship
Keelhaul
Person who steals compulsively
Kleptomaniac
Relatives
Kin
German emperor
Kaiser
Toy musical instrument
Kazoo
Small rounded hill
Knoll
Backpack
Knapsack
British spelling of curb
Kerb
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level 64
Oct 5, 2012
knob (nb) A prominent, rounded hill or mountain.
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level 67
Nov 30, 2014
I tried Kop for hill, my time in South Africa I suppose!
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level 70
Jun 7, 2017
Ha! I thought of that too, but due to being a Liverpool supporter.
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level ∞
Oct 29, 2017
Knob and kop are not perfect, but close enough. We'll accept those now.
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level 73
May 21, 2018
Haha knob
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level 44
Oct 5, 2012
Jeez, 64% got "krill". I didn't have a clue, although now I see it, I admit it kinda rings a bell. But 26% got "keelhaul" - I have definitely never seen/heard that word before. This was one of my more embarrassing showings.
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level 81
Oct 5, 2012
64% of people saw "Finding Nemo". Krill feature prominently. :)
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level 82
May 21, 2013
and by "prominently" he means "showed up in one scene, lasted about 3 seconds."
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level 50
Aug 10, 2014
'Oh look! Krill!'
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level 82
Dec 22, 2015
Yep, that would be one of the three seconds.
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level 75
Mar 12, 2015
Keelhaul before Zod!! Oh wait... that's not what he said... what was it again... ? Oh, that's right, the more obvious answer. ;-)
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level 66
May 21, 2018
I think you meant kowtow xD
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level 65
Oct 5, 2012
Um, dogs are bred in kennels. And isn't kneel a type of bow?
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level 66
Oct 22, 2012
But dogs are also housed in kennels. More specifically if you're going on holidays you would take your dog to a "boarding kennel".
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level 66
May 23, 2018
I've kenneled my dog many times; never for breeding purposes.
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level 73
Feb 8, 2013
Thank you Ian Anderson for the spelling of Kerb. The liner notes in Thick as a Brick 2 have "kerb" as one of the lyrics of a song. I had to look it up, but now i'll never forget it.
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level 47
May 28, 2014
A kilt is not a skirt!
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level 52
Jan 18, 2018
Agreed 100%
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level 67
Jan 14, 2019
"Skirt:..... An outer garment fastened around the waist and hanging down around the legs" ......... That sounds like a kilt to me.
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level 47
Jun 13, 2014
I missed keynote and kazoo! Waaaah!
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level 42
Mar 12, 2015
Accept 'kitbag' for backpack?
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level 54
Mar 16, 2015
I could not come up with "knapsack" to save my life. Instead I tried all variations of nonsense words before discovering my new favorite, "knickknacksack."
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level 70
Dec 29, 2017
I don't think kerb is a British spelling of curb, I think they're two different things. You curb something (like your enthusiasm), whichever side of the Atlantic you're on. You try not to drive over the kerb (which is the edge of the sidewalk - which Brits often confusingly call the pavement). Kerb may be little used in the States, but I don't think it's spelled curb there.
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level 50
Dec 30, 2017
the edge of the sidewalk is definitely called the curb in the U.S.
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level 78
May 21, 2018
Correct. Kerb (confusingly spelled curb in the US) is the edge of the pavement (confusingly called sidewalk in the US). Curb is to restrain or keep in check (used both sides of the pond).
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level 66
May 21, 2018
Well, we have different words, which can get confusing, but the way you've explained it, I guess a curb restrains cars from driving on the pavement to the side of a road, on which people walk?
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level 66
Jan 26, 2019
The original meaning of the word "curb" (from the late 1400s and spelled that way) was "strap passing under the jaw of a horse," attached to the bit and used to restrain the horse. That led to the verb form of the word, meaning to "bend to one's will, hold in check" in general (1520s). By 1775, that eventually led to the term "curbstone," which was a stone placed against the edge of earthwork to keep it from spreading, which is what modern curbstones (now shortened back to just "curb") do: keep the pavement of the road from spreading. [Source]

The spelling variation "kerb" or "kirb" dates back to about the 1660s, so the American spelling is the original, and the British spelling is the variant.

Oh, and what's confusing about the word "sidewalk"? It's where people walk along the side of the road. "Pavement" would be confusing to us, since it can refer to the street itself as well.
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level 41
May 21, 2018
Please unaccept klepto for kleptomaniac. That's ridiculously forgiving.
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level 75
May 21, 2018
People often use that shortened version of the word, so I don't see the problem.
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level 66
Jan 26, 2019
Yeah, I can find examples of "klepto" being used as a noun meaning "kleptomaniac" from 1970, with varying sources dating it to 1953 (though I can't find a source for that), and once source that dates it as far back as 1919 (though again, I can't find a primary source.) But... yeah, at bare minimum it's been used for nearly 50 years, so I think it's a perfectly acceptable write-in.
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level 45
May 21, 2018
Dogs live in kennels, thus it's their home. Not a hotel.
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level 53
May 21, 2018
No, the kennels are the canine equivalent of a cattery. It's where you leave your dogs if you'll be away from home or unable to care for them properly for a while, if you can't get friends or family to dogsit
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level 73
May 24, 2018
Somebody else tried 'kneel' for bowing? couldn't think of anything else...
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level 65
May 26, 2018
Kneeling has more to do with placing your knee or knees on the floor. Bowing would be bending your head or body downward. Kowtowing requires both kneeling and bowing.
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level 59
May 24, 2018
Anybody care to figure out how many languages are the source of these answers? Without effort, I can find English, German, Japanese, Chinese, Norwegian, Mongol (?), Greek, Hebrew & American. Have you set a personal record, QM?
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level 72
Jun 5, 2018
"Toy musical instrument" is a very vague clue (as is shown by the low percentage of people getting it right). Maybe be more specific? Or accept more answers, like keyboard or klaxon, which can both be toys?
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level 67
Jan 14, 2019
How about giving all the correct answers along with the questions and quiz takers tick a box if they agree with the answer?