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Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words

In this worksheet, students will identify synonyms for a word and will choose the best synonym to complete a sentence.

'Find Words with Similar Meanings Amongst Known Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

You may have already looked at antonyms (words meaning the opposite to each other) but now here’s a challenge about synonyms.

Can you help us out with these, word detective?

 

What do you notice about the words below?

tiny        mini        little

 

They all mean the same thing...small!

 

boy with a magnifying glass

 

These words are called synonyms.

Synonyms are words that mean the same or have a very similar meaning to other words.

 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for pretty?

beautiful        gross        stunning        attractive        slimy

 

Beautiful, stunning and attractive are all synonyms as they mean the same or a similar thing.


A thesaurus is a great resource to use to look up synonyms for words.


 

Let’s try another:

The boy walked up the road.

boy walking

 

Which of the following words is a synonym for walked and could replace it in the sentence above?

strolled        ran        crawled

 

The answer is strolled as it has the closest meaning to walked.

 

 

Pssstt!! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

The first letter of the word synonym is the same as the first letter for similar.  

It’s a clever trick to remember what synonym means.

 

 

If you come across any new words in this activity, make a note of them so that you can use them in your writing.

 

notepad and pen

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

Right, word detective, let's get started!

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for right.

Left

Correct

Wrong

Straight

Are you ready to find another synonym?

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for happy.

Sad, Smile, Laugh, Merry

Now a slightly different kind of challenge for your detecting skills to work on.

 

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Easy
Hard
Difficult
Simple
Boring
Interesting
Fascinating
Dull

Are you getting the idea?

 

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as scary.

 

Dark        Chill        Creepy        Funny

Select the word which means the same as start.

Finish

Continue

Quit

Begin

Repeat

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as loud.

 

Noisy        Boom        Bang        Crash   

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

Column A

Column B

Gripped
Fetched
Dropped
Held
Collected
Misplaced
Lost
Fell

Underline the word which is a synonym for stop.

Pause, Play, Rewind, Fast Forward

Nearly finished!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for thoughtful.

Careless, Caring, Caretaker, Career

Excellent detecting skills!

You're on to the last question.

 

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as least.

 

Small        Smallest        Worst        Most

  • Question 1

Right, word detective, let's get started!

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for right.

CORRECT ANSWER
Correct
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot that one? Remember - right can have more than one meaning! The word right could be about directions, or whether we get a question right in a test. You have lots of directions to choose from here - but none of them mean the same as right! So in this case the correct answer is...correct! Well done if you got this one right!
  • Question 2

Are you ready to find another synonym?

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for happy.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sad, Smile, Laugh, Merry
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on with this one? Sad means the opposite of happy so can't be a synonym. The rest are positive words but we need to think about which one we could switch with the word happy in a sentence.
Someone might be smiling or laughing, but we can't swap those words for happy.
If you have noticed cards in the shops around Christmas, you might have noticed that some cards say 'Happy Christmas' and some say 'Merry Christmas' - they mean the same thing!
  • Question 3

Now a slightly different kind of challenge for your detecting skills to work on.

 

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Easy
Simple
Difficult
Hard
Boring
Dull
Fascinating
Interesting
EDDIE SAYS
These are all words that could describe how you feel about your school work - hopefully you would choose a positive pair of synonyms to describe how you feel about yours!
We can think about them in two sections. Firstly, there are some words which describe how tricky you find the work. You might find it easy and simple - these two words mean the same. Or you might find it difficult and hard - both of these words describe the same feeling.
It's also possible that you might not enjoy your work and find it boring and dull; or you might love it and find it fascinating and interesting. This allows us to sort these words into their synonym pairs.
  • Question 4

Are you getting the idea?

 

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as scary.

 

Dark        Chill        Creepy        Funny

CORRECT ANSWER
Creepy
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! There are a couple of words that might try to trick you here. You might be scared of the dark - but dark itself doesn't mean the same as scary!
Chill is a tricky one - can you think why? It is because if it said the word was chilling, it WOULD mean scary. But because it doesn't have the -ing, chill means cold.
Normally, we don't find things that really scare us funny, so the answer must be creepy.
  • Question 5

Select the word which means the same as start.

CORRECT ANSWER
Begin
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you have noticed that finish and quit are the opposite of the word start, so they can't be its synonym!
Continue and repeat are a bit trickier, but think about what they really mean. They both suggest that you have ALREADY started and are carrying on. So the one which means you are starting right from the beginning is... begin.
  • Question 6

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as loud.

 

Noisy        Boom        Bang        Crash   

CORRECT ANSWER
Noisy
EDDIE SAYS
Make sure you spell this word correctly to receive the mark for this one - don't let spelling trip you up! We need to think here which word we could switch for loud in a sentence - most of them are loud sounds but which is a true synonym for loud?
Take the sentence: Her footsteps were loud on the stairs. Yes, they might boom, bang or crash, but put those words into the sentence in the place of loud - do the sentences make sense? Hopefully you think not! But if you replace loud with noisy, you should be happy with the sentence: Her footsteps were noisy on the stairs.
  • Question 7

Match the words which have the same meaning. 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Gripped
Held
Dropped
Fell
Collected
Fetched
Lost
Misplaced
EDDIE SAYS
It's a good idea here to think of all of these as actions you could do with an object - for example a ball. If you then put each word into the gap in this sentence, it should help you to think about which words mean the same: I ......... the ball.
Is there one that doesn't sound quite right to you? We think so too - I fell the ball. But let's switch the sentence to - The ball dropped out of my hands. and The ball fell out of my hands. Hopefully you feel happier with these two! If there are any of the words you don't feel sure about, look them up in a dictionary or thesaurus.
  • Question 8

Underline the word which is a synonym for stop.

CORRECT ANSWER
Pause, Play, Rewind, Fast Forward
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you can relate this to a TV remote or a games console! If you needed to stop the show or game to go and get a drink, you would pause it. All of the others involve moving forwards (play, fast forward) or backwards (rewind), so the only one which involves stopping is pause.
  • Question 9

Nearly finished!

 

Underline the word which is a synonym for thoughtful.

CORRECT ANSWER
Careless, Caring, Caretaker, Career
EDDIE SAYS
These words all look very similar, but their meanings are actually very different!
Have you ever been careless? This would be a time when you might have made mistakes because you weren't concentrating! Definitely not thoughtful!
Do you have a caretaker at your school or at a club you go to? This is a word for a person whose job it is to look after a building and keep it clean and safe.
You might not recognise the word career, but it means the same as a job.
In this question, you should ignore words that you might not understand and see if there is one that you definitely DO understand, and hopefully that would be caring. A caring friend is a thoughtful friend!
  • Question 10

Excellent detecting skills!

You're on to the last question.

 

Choose the word from the following list which means the same as least.

 

Small        Smallest        Worst        Most

CORRECT ANSWER
Smallest
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, you can spot the word which is an opposite (most) so we know that can't be a synonym. Small and smallest are very similar, so we need to think very carefully. If you are the person with the least money, you have a small amount, BUT it is a way of saying you have the smallEST amount!
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