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Identify the Homonyms that Fit

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

'Identify the Homonyms that Fit' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

 

The bat flew through the window.

He hit the ball with a bat.

 

That’s right, the word bat 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, bat could mean a flying animal or an item used to hit a ball.

 

       


 

 

Below are two groups of words which may appear to be unrelated. You need to find one word which fits equally well with both groups (so it needs to be a homonym). 

 

(Sport, Event) (Fire, Light) 

 

Which word from the list below fits with both groups?

a) candle

b) team

c) play

d) match

 

The answer is a match because it fits with both of the word groups and their associated meanings!

 

      
 

 

Let’s try another: 

(Leap) (Metal coil)

 

Which word fits with both these groups of words?

 

a) jump

b) spring

c) pounce

d) screw

 

The answer is spring as it is a synonym of leap and is also the name for a metal coil.

 

                 


 

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: the word you choose has to match all of the definitions provided.

 

 

In this sentence, what does the homonym handle mean?

 

Are you sure you can handle the pressure of the competition?

 

 

 

 

 

Can you open the competition?

Do you like the pressure?

Can you cope with the pressure?

Can you unlock the answers?

Select the two definitions of the word mine from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you open the competition?

Do you like the pressure?

Can you cope with the pressure?

Can you unlock the answers?

Hey there, word detective! Are you ready to do some inspecting?

 

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

 

(Money, Coin)

(Hit, Thump) 

 

 

     

Penny

Charge

Pound

Whack

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

 

An object used to unlock doors.

 

Levers that are pressed on instruments like the piano and keyboard to make a sound.

 

 

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

 

Choose from the definitions below.

 

Back

Bring up

 

    

 BackBring up
There was a nasty scratch on the rear of the car.
A mother dog can rear her puppies better than we can.
The man was at the rear of the queue.
I need to hand rear the orphaned lamb.

You're doing so well, word detective - keep going!

 

fork is something you can eat with.

 

Select the other definition for the word fork from the list below. 

 

 

 

Where a road splits into two parts

Where two roads come together

Where a road goes downhill

When someone doesn't know which road to follow

How are you getting on with these questions, word detective?

 

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

 

(Tool, Cut)

(Looked, Watched) 

 

 

     

Hammer

Saw

Seeing

Scissors

Wow - you've reached the final question!

 

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

 

(Room, Area)

(Universe, Galaxy) 

 

 

     

Moon

Planets

Earth

Space

In this sentence, what does the homonym plain mean?

 

The animals grazed on the plain. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An ordinary place to see animals

A flat grassland

There's nothing in the field

The animals have no markings on their fur

Select the two definitions of the word change from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

 

 

 

An ordinary place to see animals

A flat grassland

There's nothing in the field

The animals have no markings on their fur

  • Question 1

In this sentence, what does the homonym handle mean?

 

Are you sure you can handle the pressure of the competition?

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Can you cope with the pressure?
EDDIE SAYS
We use the word handle in the context of a door handle but also to mean being able to handle an event and cope with it. Here, the competition could be high pressured so the person would need to be able to cope with this stress in order to win.
  • Question 2

Select the two definitions of the word mine from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know that miners dig underground for materials? Some specifically search for precious diamonds in mines! So, this definition means a cave. Now think about when you say, "that's mine!" you're saying it belongs to just you. If you were sharing it with someone else, you would say, "that's ours".
  • Question 3

Hey there, word detective! Are you ready to do some inspecting?

 

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

 

(Money, Coin)

(Hit, Thump) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Pound
EDDIE SAYS
Here we go, word detective! Did you spot the correct word? A pound means 100 pennies and is a commonly used coin in the UK. However, the pound also means to strike something. For example, you could use the sentence, 'I watched him pound the floor in frustration with his fists.'
  • Question 4

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

 

An object used to unlock doors.

 

Levers that are pressed on instruments like the piano and keyboard to make a sound.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Key
EDDIE SAYS
Every house has a key to let you in through the front door! When you think of the word key, this is usually the first definition you think of! How did you get on with the second definition? You might know this if you play a musical instrument. If you're a piano player, you'll be very familiar with the keys.
  • Question 5

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

 

Choose from the definitions below.

 

Back

Bring up

 

    

CORRECT ANSWER
 BackBring up
There was a nasty scratch on the rear of the car.
A mother dog can rear her puppies better than we can.
The man was at the rear of the queue.
I need to hand rear the orphaned lamb.
EDDIE SAYS
Any parent, whether animal or a human, can use the verb rear to say they are bringing up their young. The alternative definition shows where something is, describing being at the back.
  • Question 6

You're doing so well, word detective - keep going!

 

fork is something you can eat with.

 

Select the other definition for the word fork from the list below. 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Where a road splits into two parts
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever reached a fork in a road? Hopefully, you knew which direction to take. This saying is also used to reflect life. When you have to make a choice between two important decisions, people might say that you have reached a fork in the road and the decision you make will determine where you will end up next in life...
  • Question 7

How are you getting on with these questions, word detective?

 

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

 

(Tool, Cut)

(Looked, Watched) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Saw
EDDIE SAYS
Here we have an item in a toolbox that you need to be very careful with. A saw is used to cut wood and has very sharp teeth. Saw is also the past tense of look. It is useful to notice here that the two verbs in the second set of brackets are both in the past tense, which gives us a clue that we need saw instead of seeing. You've hit halfway, let's push on.
  • Question 8

Wow - you've reached the final question!

 

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

 

(Room, Area)

(Universe, Galaxy) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Space
EDDIE SAYS
Do you have lots of space where you're working at the moment? Hopefully, there's plenty of room for you and all of your things, but if you're a bit messy you might not feel like there's much space. Our other definition refers to the vast expanse that our planet exists in. Who knows where space ends? But for now you've reached the end of this activity, homonym hunter - well done!
  • Question 9

In this sentence, what does the homonym plain mean?

 

The animals grazed on the plain. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A flat grassland
EDDIE SAYS
If you have seen films set in the continent of Africa, for example, The Lion King, or if you like to watch animal documentaries, you would have seen the animals graze on the plains. These are large, flat grasslands like you can see in the picture above. Did you get this one alright? Hopefully, you didn't confuse the word with a similar sounding word 'plane' which flies in the sky. It would be very unlikely to see animals grazing on that kind of plane.
  • Question 10

Select the two definitions of the word change from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You probably know what the verb 'to change' means, but did you spot that the synonym in this list is alter? As for the second list, they're all money related. If you've ever paid too much for something in a shop, you will know that the money the cashier gives back to you is called your change.
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