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Identify 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.

'Identify Homonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Welcome 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 stick in the two sentences below?

I threw the stick for my dog to chase.

I used the glue to stick the photos in my album. 

 

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

 

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

 

For example: stick could be a branch from a tree or the act of gluing something down.

 

 
 

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

The opposite of right.

Leaving something behind.

 

Which word do these sentences define?

a) down

b) around

c) beside

d) left

 

The answer is left because it matches both meanings!


         

 

Let’s try another:

Being part of a society.

One of the suits in a pack of cards.

 

Which word do these sentences define?

a) club

b) hammer

c) trunk

d) group

 

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

           

                  

 

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

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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!

 

 

Now it's over to you!

Let's get started!

 

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

 

To have a rest.

Crack or smash.

 

Shatter

Break

Holiday

Trip

True or false?

 

In the sentence below, the word live means to exist and be alive.

 

The show was broadcast live from the studio.

Shatter

Break

Holiday

Trip

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

 

Force

Frown

Fry

Ferry

How are you getting on with these so far, word detective?

 

An arm is a part of your body.

 

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

To give food to someone

To give water to someone

To supply someone with weapons

To hide before a battle

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

 

To choose.

A hook-like tool.

 

A wooden pick with a metal tip

Select

Want

Pick

Take

You're over halfway through this activity, word detective!

 

Select the correct definitions for trip below.

 

Hint - there are two to spot!

 

Excursion

Stumble

Return

Travel

When we're healthy, we say we feel well. 

 

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

 

 

A lever

A type of bucket

A type of hut

A deep hole containing water

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

 

Choose from the following definitions:

Moving water 

Gesture

 

 Moving waterGesture
They laughed as they jumped over wave after wave.
The celebrity gave his fans a wave.
The wave splashed over their shoes and socks.
They needed to wave for help in the deep water.

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

Same

Unfair

Even

Fair

You've reached the final question in this activity, homonym hunter - great focus!

 

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

 

To run around a track.

To sit on someone's legs when they sit down.

 

Circuit

Lap

Knees

Hug

  • Question 1

Let's get started!

 

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

 

To have a rest.

Crack or smash.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Break
EDDIE SAYS
One of these definitions causes excitement - normally people look forward to having a break from school or work! However, the other probably causes feelings of fear! Can you think of a time you've broken something then felt scared about being told off afterwards?
  • Question 2

True or false?

 

In the sentence below, the word live means to exist and be alive.

 

The show was broadcast live from the studio.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
These words are pronounced slightly differently. The live which means to be alive rhymes with give, while the live which means a broadcast that's happening in real-time, rhymes with hive. Check with an adult if you're unsure on pronunciation. Have you ever watched any TV programs, music concerts or sports matches live?
  • Question 3

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Force
Ferry
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? It could have felt a bit of a tricky one, but don't fret. Let's start with force. You might have thought of forces like gravity, or you might have thought of the verb when you force something inside something else. There is also another noun, which is a group. Think of the police force for example. As for ferry, have you ever travelled on a ferry? It is a large boat, big enough for cars and lorries. Ferry can also be used as a verb for transport or travel.
  • Question 4

How are you getting on with these so far, word detective?

 

An arm is a part of your body.

 

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

CORRECT ANSWER
To supply someone with weapons
EDDIE SAYS
Did you recognise a link between the word arm and army? This might help you to remember if you're unsure. Soldiers are armed with weapons for their protection. There is a homophone that sounds the same but is spelled differently which might have confused you here. The word 'alms' means to give help to people in need in the form of food or drink. That is a different word though so it wouldn't have been correct here.
  • Question 5

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

 

To choose.

A hook-like tool.

 

A wooden pick with a metal tip

CORRECT ANSWER
Pick
EDDIE SAYS
Even if you've not heard of a pick like a tool in the picture, you might have heard of a toothpick. It's a smaller, less sharp, version of the tool and people might use it to pick food out from between their teeth. The verb 'pick' means to choose or select something.
  • Question 6

You're over halfway through this activity, word detective!

 

Select the correct definitions for trip below.

 

Hint - there are two to spot!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Excursion
Stumble
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever been on a school trip or a family trip? It's a day out, holiday or excursion to somewhere different. Our other definition refers to when you trip over. Perhaps you've tripped over an object or even just your own shoelaces!
  • Question 7

When we're healthy, we say we feel well. 

 

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

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A deep hole containing water
EDDIE SAYS
The picture gives a good clue, but it could also lead you to some incorrect answers here! The word well actually refers to the hole that the bucket is lowered down to collect water. You don't see many working wells in cities but some rural areas rely on them. Lots of people who visit wells in the UK like to throw a coin down it and make a wish!
  • Question 8

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

 

Choose from the following definitions:

Moving water 

Gesture

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Moving waterGesture
They laughed as they jumped over wave after wave.
The celebrity gave his fans a wave.
The wave splashed over their shoes and socks.
They needed to wave for help in the deep water.
EDDIE SAYS
Did you notice that the gesture 'wave' can be used as a verb or a noun? In the second example it's a noun, while in the fourth option it's used as a verb. The other noun definition of waves refers to water. Waves in this sense are fun to play in if you enjoy swimming in the sea.
  • Question 9

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

CORRECT ANSWER
Even
Fair
EDDIE SAYS
From maths, you might know that even numbers appear in the two times table. So what about the other meaning? It can be used to describe flat ground for example, 'There was an even road'. Or, it can be used to show that something is equal as in 'The teams were even in their ability'. As for fair, this can refer to the funfair, or it can mean whether we think something is equal or not. Are you getting the hang of these yet, word detective?
  • Question 10

You've reached the final question in this activity, homonym hunter - great focus!

 

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

 

To run around a track.

To sit on someone's legs when they sit down.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Lap
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever run laps of a track? It means to run all the way around. It doesn't just have to be running, you can get cycling tracks too, and I bet there are other sports that use one. The second lap is more restful - you might sit on someone's lap. Have you ever used a laptop? This is where its name comes from because you can rest it in your lap as you work. Congratulations on completing this activity! Hopefully, you feel more confident now that you've developed your ability to recognise words with multiple meanings.
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