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?
joyful cheerful jolly
They all mean the same thing: happy.
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 ugly?
gruesome unattractive pleasing tempting hideous
Gruesome, unattractive and hideous 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 sprinted past.
Which of the following words is a synonym for sprinted and could replace it in the sentence?
dashed wandered hopped
The answer is dashed as it has the closest meaning to sprinted.
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. This is 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 own writing.
It’s now over to you, are you ready to identify synonyms?