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Match Homonyms

In this worksheet, students will find the word that matches all of its explanatory definitions, the word will be a homonym. This will build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Match Homonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Welcome back word detective! You’re just in time to help us with the latest puzzle, what a stroke of luck!

 

What do you notice about the word rock in the two sentences below?

Sally needs to gently rock the baby’s cot.

Jack picked up a rock from the ground.

 

We’ll give you a clue, the word rock means something completely different in each sentence!

 

Some words are spelled the same, but have more than one meaning. We call these homonyms.

 

For example, rock could be a swaying movement or a hard piece of the ground.

 

      


 

Below are some different meanings for a word which is spelled the same (a homonym). 

To look at someone.

An item used to tell the time.

 

Which word do these sentences define?

a) jump

b) watch

c) hand

d) cold

The answer is watch because it matches both of the meanings!

 

Let’s try another:

The sound a dog makes.

The outer part of a tree trunk.

 

Which word do these sentences define?

a) yap

b) leaf

c) bark

d) ground

 

The answer is bark as it matches both of the meanings! 

 

           


 

In this activity, you will need to be a homonym hunter and match words to their meanings.

 

Pssst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: you may want to use a dictionary for any words you find tricky. You can then write them down on a piece of paper and start your own collection of new words!

 

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

Treating people thoughtfully.

A type of something.

Nicely

Sort

Kind

Gentle

Breed

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below: 

 

(Brighten, Shine)

(Weightless, Flimsy)

 

  

Glow

Light

Graceful

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

Check them all carefully as you don't know how many there will be!

 

  

Play

Train

Breeze

Lamp

Animal

Book

Ready, steady and we're off!

 

A stable is a word used to describe where a horse is kept.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word stable?

Something that is wobbly

Something that is secure

Something that is definite

Something that is uncertain

Something that starts and stops

Select the most likely definition of the homonym fan next to each sentence.

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

Supporter.

Air cooler.

 

 SupporterAir cooler
How many fans were at the match?
Don't stick your fingers in the fan!
Turn on the ceiling fan.
I'm your biggest fan.

Select the correct definitions for count.

 

Hint: check each one carefully as there may be more than one that fits.

 

Take away

Divide

Rely on

Let down

Find the total

Colourful

Type the word below which matches with both of these definitions.

 

A buzzing insect.

To soar through the air.

 

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Student, Learner)

(Eye, Iris) 

 

 

School

Blink

Pupil

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Departs, Goes)

(Green, Plants)

 

 

Leaves

Trees

Arrives

You've reached the final question.

Select the most likely definition of the homonym spring next to each sentence.

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

Bounce

Season

Object

 

    

 BounceSeasonObject
The mattress had a really uncomfortable spring right in the middle.
She had a spring in her step.
There's been so much rain this spring.
Have you ever uncoiled a spring?
  • Question 1

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

Treating people thoughtfully.

A type of something.

CORRECT ANSWER
Kind
EDDIE SAYS
I'm sure you're a kind person, and you know lots of equally kind people. Our other definition is used for all sorts of things. You might use kind to describe what breed of dog you have, what kind of job you want when you grow up or even what your favourite kind of ice cream is.
  • Question 2

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below: 

 

(Brighten, Shine)

(Weightless, Flimsy)

 

  

CORRECT ANSWER
Light
EDDIE SAYS
We don't have sentences to help us here, so we need to think about how we use these words in context. The word light can be used to show that we are illuminating something and making it glow, while it can also be used to show that something is not heavy. As you can see, both of these different meanings are shown in our brackets above!
  • Question 3

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

Check them all carefully as you don't know how many there will be!

 

  

CORRECT ANSWER
Play
Train
Book
EDDIE SAYS
Did you try thinking of these words as both objects and actions? That would be my top tip for tackling a question like this. You can play a game with your friends, you can train for a competition, and you can book, as in reserve, a table in a restaurant. These actions all go alongside the noun definitions of each simple object. Now you've tackled this question, you should be able to see how you must approach these words in more than one way!
  • Question 4

Ready, steady and we're off!

 

A stable is a word used to describe where a horse is kept.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word stable?

CORRECT ANSWER
Something that is secure
EDDIE SAYS
If you are sitting on a chair or at a table right now, hopefully, the furniture is stable! This means that it's secure and not likely to fall over or apart. What other objects can you think of that we make stable so that they're safe for users?
  • Question 5

Select the most likely definition of the homonym fan next to each sentence.

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

Supporter.

Air cooler.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 SupporterAir cooler
How many fans were at the match?
Don't stick your fingers in the fan!
Turn on the ceiling fan.
I'm your biggest fan.
EDDIE SAYS
What are you a fan of? It could be a sports team, a pop star or an author. These are people that you might support by watching them, buying their merchandise or looking out for articles about them to read. This is different from a fan which you turn on during hot weather to keep you cool, like in the picture. Both of these are nouns which possibly makes this a little trickier, but use your common sense! Some of these sentences would seem very bizarre if you switched the meanings around.
  • Question 6

Select the correct definitions for count.

 

Hint: check each one carefully as there may be more than one that fits.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Rely on
Find the total
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful of any maths-related words here as the only one you need is 'find the total'. Think about if someone asked you to count the number of sweets in a packet. That would be asking you to find the total. It has nothing to do with taking away or dividing. The other definition is slightly trickier. If someone says, "You can count on me," it means you can rely on them to help you.
  • Question 7

Type the word below which matches with both of these definitions.

 

A buzzing insect.

To soar through the air.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Fly
EDDIE SAYS
This was a trickier one as you didn't have options to choose from. I hope the image above helped you. What verb would you use to describe with an aeroplane? Hopefully, you thought of the word fly. The pesky buzzing insect that shares its name with this is, of course, a fly!
  • Question 8

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Student, Learner)

(Eye, Iris) 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pupil
EDDIE SAYS
If you go to school, you are a pupil. It's another word for someone who's learning something. Look in the mirror. Can you see the black part of your eye, right in the middle? That is also called your pupil. It actually changes size to vary the amount of light that can get into your eye so it might look different in bright sunshine compared to in a gloomy, dark room.
  • Question 9

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Departs, Goes)

(Green, Plants)

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Leaves
EDDIE SAYS
This is a homonym with both a noun and verb definition. Did you notice that? If you leave somewhere, this means you move away from it. At the end of the holiday, you leave the hotel and if someone moves school we say they leave. Our second definition is the plural of leaf - when there's more than one, we say leaves.
  • Question 10

You've reached the final question.

Select the most likely definition of the homonym spring next to each sentence.

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

Bounce

Season

Object

 

    

CORRECT ANSWER
 BounceSeasonObject
The mattress had a really uncomfortable spring right in the middle.
She had a spring in her step.
There's been so much rain this spring.
Have you ever uncoiled a spring?
EDDIE SAYS
You can see why someone who walks in a bouncy way is described as having a spring in their step - it's as if there really is a spring in their shoes. Obviously, they don't really have them stuck to the heels of their feet so we can't use the object here! A mattress is full of springs and we are talking about the actual object even though it might also feel bouncy. Any sentences that aren't to do with a bounce movement must refer to the season. There's another activity ticked off, homonym hunter. Fantastic work! You've been consolidating your ability to recognise homonyms related to given phrases and words.
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