Word Origins: JEOPARDY! Edition

Random Language or show Quiz

Can you name the progressively harder questions from the category Word Origins on the television show Jeopardy?

Quiz not verified by Sporcle

How to Play
Score 0/33 Timer 08:00
Play Game
AnswerQuestionMoney Value
This part of an egg gets its name from the Old English for 'yellow'$200
The name of this reference book has the same roots as 'treasure'--& don't give us a synonym for it$200
Once a carnival performer who bit the heads off chickens, today it often refers to a computer nerd$200
Not to skirt the issue, but the name of this Scottish garment goes back to Middle English$200
The Old Norse word 'vindauga' gave us this pane-ful word for an opening in a wall$400
The name of this manual computing device is from the Greek abax, or 'counting board'$400
This word for a self-service restaurant evolved from the Spanish for 'coffee shop'$400
discjockey101.com says this term for rap music & culture came from DJs jumping between turntables$400
This word for a long-noosed rope used to catch cattle & horses is from the Spanish la reata, 'the rope'$600
The word 'drama' comes from the Greek for this verb, which as a noun also means one section of a drama$600
This term for one who willfully destroys another's property comes from the name of a Germanic tribe$600
The opposite of nadir, it's from the Arabic for 'road above'$600
The name of this fine, soft leather is the French word for Sweden; Sweden was famous for gloves made of it$800
The name of this ballroom dance with gliding turns comes from German for 'roll' or 'turn'$800
Used to describe stately mansions of the old south, it's from the Latin for 'before the war'$800
This insect's name is derived from the superstition that it enters a sleeping person's aural organs$800
The general agreement is that this word meaning a majority of opinion is from the Latin for 'to feel together'$1000
AnswerQuestionMoney Value
This term for a minor engagement in war traces its origins back to the old Italian word scaramuccia$1000
The name of this musical instrument comes from Greek words for 'wood' and 'voice'$1000
This name for a type of flask invented by James Dewar in 1892 became a trademark$1000
My gardener told me we don't need to plant; all my flowers are this type, from the Latin for 'through the year'$1200
This word for the art & science of good eating goes back to Greek for 'belly'$1200
From the Latin for 'to come to mind', it's a memento that you might buy as a reminder of a place you visited$1200
This word for a blob or lump, perhaps of whipped cream, may come from dolpur, Icelandic for 'fat man'$1200
The name of this type of aircraft is from 2 Greek words meaning 'spiral wing'$1600
This term for a novice or beginner is from Latin & Greek for 'newly planted'$1600
From the Latin for 'much writing', it's another name for a lie detector test$1600
The French for 'to throw' gives us this word for a pier$1600
This word came from a European people who were often conquered & in servitude during the Middle Ages$2000
From the Italian for 'of a cave', this adjective today refers to anything strange or ugly$2000
This term for a leading character of a literary work comes from the Greek for 'first combatant'$2000
A type of ear implant to help the deaf, it's from the Greek for 'snail'$2000
Meaning to ascribe predetermined characteristics, this word comes from a printing process using metal platesFINAL JEOPARDY!

Friend Scores


  Player Best Score Plays Last Played
You You haven't played this game yet.
Challenge

You Might Also Like...

Extras