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Pair Synonyms With Multiple Meanings

In this worksheet, students will identify a synonym for a given word and will be encouraged to make a note of any new vocabulary.

'Pair Synonyms With Multiple Meanings' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Synonyms

Difficulty level:  

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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?

enormous        large        massive

 

They all mean the same thing…big!

A man looking up at some very long legs in trousers.

 

These words are called synonyms.

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

We could also use the following words as synonyms for big: gargantuan, vast, elephantine and gigantic.


 

 

Which of the following are synonyms for happy?

joyful        miserable        cheerful        ecstatic        angry

 

Joyful, cheerful and ecstatic are all synonyms for happy as they mean the same or a similar thing.

little girl laughing

 

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


 

 

Let’s try another:

Which of the following words is a synonym for clumsy?

reckless        anxious        ecstatic

 

The answer is reckless as it has the closest meaning to clumsy.

 

 

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.

a notepad and pen

 

It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.  

Good luck!

 

Here we go, word detective!

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for smear.

Wipe

Smile

Whip

Smirk

Underline the word which is a synonym for country.

Island, Continent, World, Nation

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

 

Numerous        Few        None        A pair

 

Select the word which means the same as bruise.

Scratch

Mark

Cut

Bump

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

 

Dark        Stars        Moon        Gap   

Match the words which have the same meaning.

Column A

Column B

Separate
Divide
Bang
Crack
Fracture
Rip
Tear
Break

Underline the word which is a synonym for often.

Sometimes, Regularly, Rarely, Barely

Underline the word which is a synonym for forward.

Ahead, Sideways, Straight, Alongside

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

 

Famous        Flavour        Preface        Preferred        Prefect

Here's your last synonym challenge, word detective.

 

Put a tick in the box which matches the word in each row to its correct synonym across the top of the table.

You should only tick one box in each row.

 HollowSlope DownTopSlope
Hill
Dip
Cave
Peak
  • Question 1

Here we go, word detective!

 

Choose the word below that is a synonym for smear.

CORRECT ANSWER
Wipe
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this first question? There are some words which look very similar to each other here. Smile and smirk look similar to smear but they are both to do with facial expressions.
This leaves us with wipe or whip. Whip is what you might gently do to a horse to increase its speed, leaving the only possible answer as wipe. If you wipe the droplets on a wet window, it smears the raindrops.
  • Question 2

Underline the word which is a synonym for country.

CORRECT ANSWER
Island, Continent, World, Nation
EDDIE SAYS
These words are all related to different places where people could live. We all live on Earth, and if you live in the UK, then England, Wales and Scotland are all joined together as one island, with Ireland and Northern Ireland being another island!
Our continent is Europe, which leaves us with 'nation' as being the country where you are from. This is why we call a country's song their national anthem.
  • Question 3

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

 

Numerous        Few        None        A pair

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Numerous
EDDIE SAYS
There are a couple of antonyms here - if you have none or a few of something, you don't have many at all! A pair wouldn't be considered as many, for example if you have a pair of socks, that is only two socks! So that leaves us with our answer - numerous, which means 'great in number'. Be sure to spell this word correctly to ensure that you receive the mark for this question.
  • Question 4

Select the word which means the same as bruise.

CORRECT ANSWER
Mark
EDDIE SAYS
Cuts and scratches are when your skin is actually broken open by something sharp and you might bleed a little bit but a bruise isn't like this. A bruise is caused by a bump, but you wouldn't always get a bump on your skin with a bruise. Often bruises are flat - so a bruise is a mark on your skin.
  • Question 5

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

 

Dark        Stars        Moon        Gap   

CORRECT ANSWER
Gap
EDDIE SAYS
Did you fall into the trap here? The options are trying to trick you into thinking of space as the solar system. Be careful - you couldn't actually swap any of those words for space.
So here, space is referring to an area - a gap between you and the person you sit next to at school, or a gap or space under your bed where you might keep some of your things. Be sure to spell this word correctly to ensure that you receive the mark for this question.
  • Question 6

Match the words which have the same meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Separate
Divide
Bang
Crack
Fracture
Break
Tear
Rip
EDDIE SAYS
These words are all quite similar in meaning so we would be best to look for ones we are sure of first.
There is only one word on the right that would match with being a sound, so crack is a synonym for bang.
Think of tearing a piece of paper - the only word you could switch for tear would be rip.
If you or a friend have ever broken a bone, you may have heard of it also being called a fracture.
This leaves us with separate as a synonym for divide - if you separate something, it doesn't mean you have broken it, whereas the other words suggest that something has been broken.
  • Question 7

Underline the word which is a synonym for often.

CORRECT ANSWER
Sometimes, Regularly, Rarely, Barely
EDDIE SAYS
We have three antonyms for often in our list, so we are looking for the odd one out here. Rarely, barely and sometimes all suggest actions that don't happen very often, whereas if you do something regularly, it is something you do a lot - it often happens!
  • Question 8

Underline the word which is a synonym for forward.

CORRECT ANSWER
Ahead, Sideways, Straight, Alongside
EDDIE SAYS
These words are all to do with directions or where something could be, but if you imagine you are giving instructions to someone, the only one you could use to tell them to go forwards is 'ahead'. You could say 'straight ahead', but straight on its own doesn't work - it could also mean straight behind you! Look up the other two words if you're not sure what they mean - that's what the best word detectives do!
  • Question 9

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

 

Famous        Flavour        Preface        Preferred        Prefect

CORRECT ANSWER
Preferred
EDDIE SAYS
You have a group of words that look similar to at least one other option here. Take care to consider which ones you know the meaning of already.
Your favourite TV show, favourite toy, favourite food and so on is the one that you prefer. You might have a favourite famous person or favourite flavour of ice cream, but these words on their own are not a synonym for favourite.
Prefect and preface do not relate to our word here - look them up if you're not sure what they mean! Be sure to spell this word correctly to ensure that you receive the mark for this question.
  • Question 10

Here's your last synonym challenge, word detective.

 

Put a tick in the box which matches the word in each row to its correct synonym across the top of the table.

You should only tick one box in each row.

CORRECT ANSWER
 HollowSlope DownTopSlope
Hill
Dip
Cave
Peak
EDDIE SAYS
Take your time here - the difference between slope and slope down is trying to trick you! Because none of the other words relate to going down, slope down must mean dip, which means slope matches with hill.
Something that is hollow has an empty space in the middle, like a cave in a cliff. Reaching the peak of a mountain means reaching the top, or you might hear of sports stars reaching their peak, which means they have reached the top of their game.
Hopefully, you feel after all these questions that you're nearing the top of your game, word detective!
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