Can You Recognize These Cursive Words?

EDUCATION

Khadija L.

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Cursive, sometimes referred to as script, joined-up writing or longhand, is a style of penmanship which many of the characters in a word are written in a flowing or joined together manner. The script was developed as a way to write faster because it does not require the writer to lift the pen as frequently as the "average script". 

The word cursive can be traced back to the Italian word corsivo, which means running and just like the English version of cursive, but other languages have also been using the script for over a century. 

Cursive has been described as one of the most difficult scripts to understand and many have likened it to a foreign language. There are those of us who are able to write and understand it flawlessly but for those of us who cannot, it can be a tedious task to read. 

Are you able to recognize cursive handwriting? Well in this quiz,  you will be given a series of words in this font and your job is to try to guess what it says. Will you be able to get them all right - only 1 in 29 people can. Take it to find out if you are one of them!

What is this word?

The word shown is congratulations. It is defined as “words expressing praise for an achievement/ accomplishment or good wishes on a special occasion.”

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word show is father. It is defined as “a man in relation to his child or children” and is also “a title or form of address used to refer to a priest”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is dream. It is defined as “a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep”. It can also be used to mean “contemplating the possibility of doing something”.

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is bubbles. It is defined as “thin spheres of liquid enclosing air or another type of gas”. The word is also used to refer to a “good or fortunate situation that is isolated from reality”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is kissing. It is defined as “touching someone or something with the lips as a sign of affection (love or sexual desire), reverence or greeting”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is lazy. It is defined as “something or someone who is unwilling to work or use energy”. Some synonyms for the word includes idle, sluggish and indolent.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is remember. It is defined as “being able to bring one’s mind and awareness of something or someone that one has seen, known or experienced in the past”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is goodbye. It is “an expression of good wishes when parting ways or at the end of a conversation”. Other ways of saying goodbye includes farewell, au revoir and adios.

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Can you identify this word?

The word show is fluffy. It is defined as “of, like, or covered with fluff”. As an informal word, it us used to mean “lacking substance, depth, or seriousness”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is spoken. It is the past particle of speak, which is defined as “saying something in order to convey information, an opinion, or a feeling.”

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What is this word?

The word shown is portrayed. It is the past particle of portray, which is defined as “depicting something or someone in a work of art or literature”. It can also be defined as “the description of something or someone in a particular way”.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is help. It is defined as “make something easier for someone to do something by offering one’s services and/or resources”. It can also be defined as “serving someone with food or drink.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is admiral. It is defined as “a commander of a fleet or naval squadron”. A further explanation describes it as “a commissioned officer of very high rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard”.

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is believe. It is defined as “accepting something as true or feeling sure of the truth”. It can also be defined as “holding something as an opinion; or to think or suppose”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is laugh. It is defined as “a spontaneous sound and movement of the face that are instinctive expressions of lively amusement and sometimes also the contempt or derision”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is miles. It is the plural noun of the word mile, which is “a unit of linear measurement which is equal to 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards or 1.609 kilometers”. As an adverb, it is defined as “a great amount or a long way”.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is elaborate. It is defined as “something involving many carefully arranged parts or details; detailed and complicated in design and planning”. As a verb, it is defined as “to develop or present in detail”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is form. It is defined as “the shape, visual appearance or configuration of an object”. As a verb, it is defined as “to bring together parts or combine to create something”.

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is description. It is defined as “a spoken or written representation or account of a person, object, or event”. It can also be defined as “a sort, kind, or class of people or things”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is teaching. It is defined as “the occupation, profession, or work of a teacher”. It is also defined as “the ideas or principles taught by an authority”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is continue. It is defined as “persist in an activity or process”. It is also used to mean “carry on with (something that one has begun)”. Some synonyms for the word include ongoing, unceasing and sustained.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is amazing. It is defined as “causing great surprise or wonder”. Informally, it can be used to mean “startlingly impressive”. Some synonyms for the word are astonishing, stunning and shocking.

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is different. It is defined as “not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality”. Informally, it is defined as being “novel and unusual”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is heart. As a noun it is “a hollow muscular organ that pumps blood through the circulatory system”. It can also be used to mean “the central or innermost part of something” or “to like very much”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is national. As a noun, it is defined as “a citizen of a particular country, typically entitled to hold that country’ passport”. As an adjective, it is defined as “relating to a nation”.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is elevated. It is the past particle of elevate which is defined as “to raise or lift (something or someone) up to a higher position”. It can also be used to mean “to raise to a more important or impressive level”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is many. As a noun, it is defined as “the majority of people”. As a pronoun and adjective, it is defined as “a large number of”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is suggest. It is defined as “to put forward for consideration” and can be further elaborated into “to cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is breaking. It is the present particle of break which is defined as “separate or cause to separate into pieces as result of a blow, shock, or strain”. It can also be defined as “interrupt (a continuity, sequence, or course)

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is generation. It is defined as “people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively”. It is also defined as “the production of something”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is associate. As a verb, it is defined as, “to connect or link (something or someone) with something else in one’s mind”. As a noun, it is defined as “a partner or colleague in business or work”. As an adjective, it is defined as “joined or connected with an organization or business”.

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is century. It is defined as “a period of one hundred years”. The word can also be used to describe “a company in the ancient Roman army, original of one hundred men”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is understand. It is defined as “to perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or speaker)”. It can also be defined as “to infer something from information received (often used as a polite formula in conversation)”.

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What is this word?

The word shown is machinery. It is a word used to describe “machines collectively” and can also be used to describe “the organization of structure of something”. Some synonyms for the word includes equipment, hardware and apparatus”.

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Which of these words is written in cursive?

The word shown is extensive. It is defined as “covering or affecting a large area”. In agriculture, it is defined as “obtaining a relatively small crop from a large area with a minimum of attention and expanse”.

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Do you know what this word is?

The word shown is physical. It is defined as “relating to the body as opposed to the mind”. As a noun, it is defined as “a medical examination to determine a person’s bodily fitness.”

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Can you identify this word?

The word shown is teaching. It is the present particle of teach which is defined as “to show or explain to (someone) how to do something”. It is also “the occupation, profession, or work of a teacher”.

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If you were to write out this word, what would you write?

The word shown is layer. As a noun, it is defined as “a sheet, quantity, or thickness of material, typically one of several, covering a surface or body”. As a verb, it is defined as “to arrange in a layer or layers”.

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