SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With F

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: January 19, 2022
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1. Facile (adjective)
Poignant, causing deep emotion
Refined and tasteful
Overly simplistic
The Huffington Post produces "clickbait", content that is facile and inflammatory
2. Feckless (adjective)
Socially awkward
Without sin
Her feckless brother squandered his inheritance
3. Fungible (adjective)
Highly absorbant
Relevant to the topic
Smelling like sulfur
Able to be substituted for something of equal value
The Social Security trust fund is a fiction of accounting. Money is fungible.
4. Fallow (adjective)
Very outgoing
Having a yellow complexion
Describes land that is left unplanted
With no one to work them, the field lay fallow for several years
5. Farce (noun)
A ludicrous comedy
A violent battle
A group of actors
A warning about the future
What started as a tragedy ended as a farce
6. Fauna (noun)
Animals considered as a group
A tract of shrubby land
An object of reverence
A cheap imitation
The tourists gawked at the magnificent fauna of the Serengeti
7. Fealty (noun)
Loyalty to a feudal lord
Strong emotions
Strength in the face of adversity
The knight swore an oath of fealty
8. Fatuous (adjective)
Obnoxiously stupid
Bold and decisive
Having gas in one's stomach
Don't be fatuous. Eating lead paint is not going to solve your problems.
9. Feral (adjective)
Hostile towards women
Worthy of royalty
Related to iron
Describes domestic animals that have returned to the wild
Of all the threats to New Zealand's bird population, feral cats are the greatest
10. Flippant (adjective)
Overly casual; cheeky
Having a noxious odor
The candidate's flippant comments about the Holocaust angered many
11. Fulsome (adjective)
Likely to cause a fire
Bold and belligerent
Excessively flattering
The dictator had grown accustomed to fulsome praise
12. Fracas (noun)
An old French coin
The upper class of a society
A noisy brawl
A social mistake
A fracas erupted between the drunken fans of opposing soccer teams
13. Forlorn (adjective)
Suffering from wear due to overuse
Sloppily performed
Sad because of being abandoned
The forlorn child wailed for his mother
14. Furtive (adjective)
Easy to influence
Suspicious of others
Related to fire
The courtier snuck a furtive glance at the bodice of the princess
15. Falter (verb)
To cause to happen by starting a chain reaction
To tear up by the roots
To stay in one place
To become unsteady; to weaken
The front row began to falter, and soon the soldiers turned and fled
Level 85
Jan 20, 2022
Nice quiz, seemed harder than the other SAT vocab letters.
Level 84
Jan 20, 2022
Yeah, I thought so, too. The negative connotation of "fulsome" isn't part of the OED 1a definition, which does include the word "rich", and has examples like "Folowe fulsome feldes, abundaunt of frument".
Level 84
Jan 20, 2022
Yeah, F seemed a lot harder than E.
Level 77
Jan 20, 2022
Daaang, I feel more fatuous than usual. :)
Level 83
Jan 20, 2022
Since there are a decent number of these quizzes now, could we get them in a series?
Level 74
Jan 20, 2022
I swear I've seen fulsome in some Shakespeare play to mean fertile. I'm also pretty sure I've heard of fulsome crops... but I suppose excessively flattering is the more common meaning these days.
Level 78
Jan 20, 2022
Really enjoying this series, more please!
Level 80
Feb 2, 2022
There's a grammatical error in the explanation for "fallow." Either "it" should be substituted for "them" or "fields" for "field."
Level 68
Feb 13, 2022
The English language quizzes are usually one of my stronger areas but I have never heard of the word 'fungible' though a very large percentage of participants know it.

Is it used more in the States, or have I just not been paying attention?

Thanks, this is an enjoyable series.

Level 67
Feb 19, 2022
It's the F in "NFT" (non-fungible token). It's mostly used in academic and economic discussions. You don't hear it much in common conversation (or, you didn't until the NFT thing started).
Level 74
Feb 19, 2022
It’s the F in NFTs.
Level 68
Feb 23, 2022
Thanks jmellor and Dimby, I'm off to look up 'non-fungible token' now - economics is not my strong point. :)
Level 70
Feb 19, 2022
Feckless means ineffective or useless. It's a toss-up, to me, whether that's closer to irresponsible or socially awkward.
Level 73
Feb 19, 2022
It really does mean what the quiz says it means.
Level 77
Feb 19, 2022
I think for question 2, 'impoverished' is spelt wrong.
Level 77
Feb 22, 2023
'Impoverished' is spelt wrong
Level 69
May 16, 2023
'Spelt' is spelled wrong.
Level 77
Feb 19, 2022
I only missed the two least-answered ones :/
Level 59
Feb 19, 2022
Can’t ever see ‘fatuous,’ without thinking of Thaddeus Stevens (played by the great Tommy Lee Jones) calling his fellow Congressman George Templeton a ‘fatuous nincompoop,’ in Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Lincoln.’
Level 59
Feb 19, 2022
George Pendleton.*
Level 80
Feb 19, 2022
"Empoverished" isn't an adjective. That option should read "impoverished".
Level 63
Feb 19, 2022
"The Huffington Post produces "clickbait", content that is facile and inflammatory."

*makes cat noises*

Put those claws away, Jetpunk, and tell us how you really feel!

Level 86
Feb 24, 2022
Just curious, what does the picture have to do with the quiz?