You may have already looked at antonyms (words which mean 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?
giggle chortle chuckle
They all mean the same thing: laugh.
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 laugh: snigger, titter, snort
Which of the following are synonyms for holiday?
break rest sleep nap vacation
Break, rest and vacation are all synonyms for holiday 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:
Which of the following words is a synonym for honest?
fair equal truthful
The answer is truthful as it has the closest meaning to honest.
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.
It’s now your turn to identify synonyms.