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Identify the Correct Homonym

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 Correct Homonym' 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 pairs of words which may appear to be unrelated. It is your job 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 match because it fits with both of the word groups and their associated meanings!

 

 
 

 

Let’s try another pair: 

(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's 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.

Psst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: the word you choose has to match all of the definitions provided.

 

Welcome to this exciting activity, word detective!

 

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

 

(Transport, Deliver)

(Vessel, Boat)

Ship

Post

Yacht

Train

In this sentence below, what does the homonym 'stern' mean?

 

The captain of the boat looked stern

 

The captain is looking towards the back of the ship

The captain is frowning

The captain is looking over the side of the ship

The captain is welcoming

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

 

Choose one from each list.

 

 

The captain is looking towards the back of the ship

The captain is frowning

The captain is looking over the side of the ship

The captain is welcoming

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

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

 

A vital part of your body.

An instrument, often seen in a church.

 

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

 

(Flower, Red)

(Went up, Ascended) 

 

   

Lily

Climb

Grow

Rose

You're over halfway through this activity already!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

Use the word type in brackets to help you.

 

Column A

Column B

Fine (adjective)
Okay
Fine (verb or noun)
Bend down
Duck (verb)
Charge money
Duck (noun)
Feathered creature

Select the two definitions of the word 'show' from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list - you'll find nouns on one side and verbs on the other.

Column A

Column B

Fine (adjective)
Okay
Fine (verb or noun)
Bend down
Duck (verb)
Charge money
Duck (noun)
Feathered creature

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

 

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

a) Lookalike  

b) Game

c) Equal

d) Firelighter

 LookalikeGameEqualFirelighter
Do you think your team can match our score?
I'm not sure but it's going to be a close match.
Do you have a match I could borrow?
Our clothes match!

plaque is something fixed to a wall that honours a famous person or event.

 

Select the other definition for the word 'plaque' from the list below. 

 

A word for brushing your teeth

A type of toothpaste

Bacterial growth on teeth

A filling in your teeth

Welcome to the final question, homonym hunter.

 

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

 

(Smile, Grin)

(Ray, Shine) 

 

   

Delight

Laugh

Beam

Glow

  • Question 1

Welcome to this exciting activity, word detective!

 

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

 

(Transport, Deliver)

(Vessel, Boat)

CORRECT ANSWER
Ship
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do with this one? It was quite a tricky one to start with. The clue of 'boat' in the second set of brackets may have pointed you in the direction of ship and yacht. If you have ever ordered something to be delivered online, you might have noticed the shipping cost or received an email to say that it had been shipped. This is the cost or the act of transporting it to you! So 'ship' is the correct answer here!
  • Question 2

In this sentence below, what does the homonym 'stern' mean?

 

The captain of the boat looked stern

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The captain is frowning
EDDIE SAYS
Another ship-related question here, word detective! Did you know that the stern is a part of a boat? It's the back of the ship. Here though, it doesn't say that the captain was looking towards the stern. Instead, it's saying that the captain himself has a stern look on his face. This matches with frowning. To be stern is to be strict or unfriendly.
  • Question 3

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

 

Choose one from each list.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Do you have a garden? If so, you might have a shed, where adults often keep tools, the lawnmower and garden games. It might look a little like a hut and isn't usually as sturdy or as big as a garage. Instead, we can call it an outbuilding. What about this link to hair and fur? To shed something means that something is removed. If an animal sheds its hair or fur, it means that its hair falls out. Often, animals shed hair in the summer to stay cool! We might shed our coat or jumper if we were getting overheated and a snake even sheds its skin when it grows too big for its old one.
  • Question 4

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

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

 

A vital part of your body.

An instrument, often seen in a church.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Organ
Organs
EDDIE SAYS
Your body is made up of lots of organs, that work hard to keep you alive and healthy! How many organs can you name? Did you know that your biggest organ is actually your skin? I wonder if you have ever heard anyone play the organ. It is a lot like a piano, but with tubes that create a different sound. Look it up if you're unsure.
  • Question 5

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

 

(Flower, Red)

(Went up, Ascended) 

 

   

CORRECT ANSWER
Rose
EDDIE SAYS
The picture gives a good clue here, word detective! The flower we can see is a rose. The verb rose can mean the past tense of rising up. If you spotted that the second set of brackets is written in the past tense you have especially strong detective skills!
  • Question 6

You're over halfway through this activity already!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

Use the word type in brackets to help you.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Fine (adjective)
Okay
Fine (verb or noun)
Charge money
Duck (verb)
Bend down
Duck (noun)
Feathered creature
EDDIE SAYS
Well done for thinking carefully about your word types here. If it felt tricky, make sure you check up on the difference between nouns, adjectives and verbs! Did you see how the word 'fine' means the same thing when it's a noun and a verb? A 'fine' refers to the sum of money you may have to pay for doing something wrong, and if you are 'fined' it means the action of being made to pay that charge.
  • Question 7

Select the two definitions of the word 'show' from the options below.

 

Choose one from each list - you'll find nouns on one side and verbs on the other.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Notice how the verbs don't need an article before them, whereas the nouns have 'a' or 'an' before them. Noticing an article is a good way of spotting a noun. If you show something to someone else, you are presenting that thing to them. Whereas when you watch a show at the theatre, this is a performance.
  • Question 8

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

 

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

a) Lookalike  

b) Game

c) Equal

d) Firelighter

CORRECT ANSWER
 LookalikeGameEqualFirelighter
Do you think your team can match our score?
I'm not sure but it's going to be a close match.
Do you have a match I could borrow?
Our clothes match!
EDDIE SAYS
Wow! Match has a lot of definitions, doesn't it? I'm sure you could even find more. The clue in the third sentence is that it says 'a' match so this tells us we are dealing with an object here. For the rest, try substituting 'match' with the words in the options list and you should find that each sentence has a synonym that fits.
  • Question 9

plaque is something fixed to a wall that honours a famous person or event.

 

Select the other definition for the word 'plaque' from the list below. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bacterial growth on teeth
EDDIE SAYS
This is actually quite a tricky pair, word detective - it's probably one that you either already knew or had never heard of. If you have been to the dentist, you might know that they check for plaque. This is a sticky build up on your teeth. If they find it, they normally tell you to brush your teeth more carefully to get rid of the bacteria!
  • Question 10

Welcome to the final question, homonym hunter.

 

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

 

(Smile, Grin)

(Ray, Shine) 

 

   

CORRECT ANSWER
Beam
EDDIE SAYS
Has anyone ever told you that you are beaming? This means you have a huge smile on your face, so it would have said on a joyous occasion! The noun beam is a ray of light. This could be the rays of the sun, or it could be a laser beam like in the picture above! I hope you're beaming if you did well in this activity, homonym hunter, as there were a few tricky ones in there to stretch you. That's another activity completed! You have been improving your ability to identify the correct homonym that fits in two sentences. Why not try a slightly more challenging activity to really consolidate your knowledge?
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