The Outside World Is Your Vocabulary Higher Than the Average Adult? Published 2 years ago on Jul 23, 2017 By Lyn Kelly According to famous lexicographer Susie Dent, an adult English speaker has an average active vocabulary of around 20,000 words and a passive one of about 40,000 words. This means that an average adult can readily recall and use around 20,000 English words as well as recognize and know the meaning of approximately 40,000 words but unable to use them. The English language is made up of almost a million words, which means an average adult’s word knowledge is puny, to say the least. If you believe that your vocabulary range is much higher than most, take this test and find out. 1. What does it mean to "cachinnate"? Being friendly To laugh loudly To engage in a conversation To get money Correct! Wrong! - Scroll to continue with content Continue Quiz 2. What is the meaning of "exorbitant"? A person who inhabits a higher position Having been bitten Extra hot weather Unreasonably high Correct! Wrong! - Scroll to continue with content Continue Quiz 3. What does "cachet" mean? Being great An antisocial person A mark of approval A collection of pricey items Correct! Wrong! - Scroll to continue with content Continue Quiz 4. What does "glabella" mean? A woman The smooth part of the forehead above and between the eyebrows Being bald between the eyebrows A woman's soft gaze Correct! Wrong! - Scroll to continue with content Continue Quiz Share the quiz to show your results ! Facebook Facebook Just tell us who you are to view your results ! Show my results >> Is Your Vocabulary Higher Than the Average Adult? I got %%score%% of %%total%% right Share your results Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ ↺ PLAY AGAIN ! 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