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Discover New Homonyms

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.

'Discover New Homonyms' 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 stalk in the two sentences below?

 

The lion needed to stalk its prey.

The leaves were attached to the stalk.

 

That’s right! The word stalk 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: stalk could mean to follow or be part of a plant.

 

        


 

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). 

 

(Fall, Stumble)   (Holiday, Outing) 

Which word from the list below fits with both groups?

 

a) Vacation

b) Break

c) Trip

d) Excursion

 

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

 

 

                    

 

 

Let’s try another: 

(Healthy, Fit)    (Skilfully, Correctly) 

 

Which word fits with both these groups of words? 

a) Well

b) Satisfactory

c) Impressive

d) Nice

 

The answer is well as it is a synonym of healthy and is also another word for doing something skilfully or correctly.

 

                 


 

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.

 

Are you ready to begin?

 

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

 

(Intercept, Challenge)

(Equipment, Apparatus) 

 

 

          

Pass

Gear

Tackle

Foul

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'eye' mean?

 

The seamstress carefully threaded the cotton through the eye of the needle. 

 

 

 

 

The seamstress poked herself in the eye

The seamstress looks carefully at her needle and cotton

The seamstress is careful of the sharp end of the needle

The seamstress poked the thread through the hole at the end of the needle

You've made a great start so far, word detective!

Let's have a go at the next puzzle.

 

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

 

Choose one from each list.

 

The seamstress poked herself in the eye

The seamstress looks carefully at her needle and cotton

The seamstress is careful of the sharp end of the needle

The seamstress poked the thread through the hole at the end of the needle

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

 

A vital body part.

An instrument using pipes and a keyboard.

 

Are you getting the hang of these yet, word detective?

 

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

 

(Judge, Convict)

(Words, Language) 

 

Conversation

Sentence

Imprison

Speech

You're over half way though already! Excellent work!

 

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'season' mean?

 

The meal was bland so the chef decided to season it with salt and pepper.

 

Stir the food again

Reheat the food

Add flavour to the food

Only eat the food at certain times of year

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

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

Stir the food again

Reheat the food

Add flavour to the food

Only eat the food at certain times of year

Select the correct definition for the word 'solution' in each sentence below. 

 

 

Choose from either a mixture or an answer.

 MixtureAnswer
They were keen to discover the solution to the investigation.
The solution began to fizz and bubble.
Whatever happens don't spill the solution.
They weren't sure what the solution to the puzzle was.

Nearly there, word detective!

Let's try the next question.

 

A hamper is a type of basket that you might pack to take food on a picnic.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'hamper' from the options below. 

 

Hold back

Release

Carry

Encourage

You've made it to the last question already word detective!

 

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

 

(Definition, Express)

(Standard, Average) 

Conclude

Usual

Say

Mean

  • Question 1

Are you ready to begin?

 

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

 

(Intercept, Challenge)

(Equipment, Apparatus) 

 

 

          

CORRECT ANSWER
Tackle
EDDIE SAYS
You're most likely to have used the word tackle when talking about sport, it's a skill that takes the ball from someone else. We can also tackle problems by challenging people's ideas or ways of doing things. The other definition of tackle is most often associated with fishing. The equipment that fishermen use is called tackle. Well done if you knew both of these definitions, as this was a tricky start Word Detective!
  • Question 2

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'eye' mean?

 

The seamstress carefully threaded the cotton through the eye of the needle. 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The seamstress poked the thread through the hole at the end of the needle
EDDIE SAYS
We obviously think of our eyes as what we see with, so what is this other definition? The eye of the needle is the hole, or opening, at the end of the needle through which we put the thread. You can see it in the picture. It almost looks like the shape of an eye, doesn't it? You do have to look carefully to see it, but the eye here has nothing to do with sight.
  • Question 3

You've made a great start so far, word detective!

Let's have a go at the next puzzle.

 

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

 

Choose one from each list.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
A prune is a dried plum, so it looks almost like a big raisin! Have you ever tried one? Sometimes if you go swimming or stay in the bath too long, your skin goes wrinkly and some people joke that this makes you look like a prune, because of the likeness to the texture of the dried fruit! The other definition of prune might be used by a gardener. Someone who is pruning their garden is trimming away overgrown or dead plants to tidy it up.
  • Question 4

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

 

A vital body part.

An instrument using pipes and a keyboard.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Organ
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know the names of any of your organs? They are the most important body parts, we wouldn't exist without the heart or brain. However, did you know that your biggest organ is your skin?! If you have ever visited a church, you have probably seen the large piano-like instrument that is played during hymns. That is also called an organ. Lookup a picture if you've not seen one before.
  • Question 5

Are you getting the hang of these yet, word detective?

 

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

 

(Judge, Convict)

(Words, Language) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sentence
EDDIE SAYS
You read, write and talk in sentences everyday, but do we ever really think about what they are? They are a collection of words that communicate meaning through the language we use. The other definition is a verb. If a judge sentences someone, they send them to prison for a crime. This requires a whole process of deciding how long they should be locked up for. Look out for it in stories or on the news.
  • Question 6

You're over half way though already! Excellent work!

 

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'season' mean?

 

The meal was bland so the chef decided to season it with salt and pepper.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Add flavour to the food
EDDIE SAYS
Some people like plain foods, but others find them boring so season food with herbs and spices. Salt and pepper are common way of adding extra flavour to dishes. Be careful not to go for the answer that links to the different seasons in the year, such as spring and summer. This is the other meaning of our homonym here, and even though it is the more common definition, it won't help us this time!
  • Question 7

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

 

Choose one from each list. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If someone asks you to count something, for example, how many sweets you can see in the picture above, they're asking you to calculate exactly how many sweets there are. An estimate wouldn't be good enough, as that's just a guess, and a numeral would refer to a number but not the process of actually adding up how many there are. Now, what about the other definition? Can you think of anyone you count on? These are people that you rely on to be there for you! Some people probably count on you too. That's what being a good friend is about.
  • Question 8

Select the correct definition for the word 'solution' in each sentence below. 

 

 

Choose from either a mixture or an answer.

CORRECT ANSWER
 MixtureAnswer
They were keen to discover the solution to the investigation.
The solution began to fizz and bubble.
Whatever happens don't spill the solution.
They weren't sure what the solution to the puzzle was.
EDDIE SAYS
You're brilliant at finding the solutions to our puzzles Word Detective! The first and last sentences both refer to these sort of solutions, where something has to be solved. You can probably spot the similarity in the spelling of solution and solve, as they have that shared meaning. The other type of solution is most commonly used in science, but you use these solutions everyday! Even just adding salt to water creates a solution, as it's a mix of two different things.
  • Question 9

Nearly there, word detective!

Let's try the next question.

 

A hamper is a type of basket that you might pack to take food on a picnic.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'hamper' from the options below. 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Hold back
EDDIE SAYS
Be careful of 'carry' in our answer options here! Yes, we carry a picnic hamper, but that doesn't actually help us with the definition of our verb here - it's there to trick us! To hamper someone is to hold them back. It's very close in meaning to 'hinder' if you've come across that word before. So, if you were distracting your friend in a lesson, you would be hampering their progress, and holding them back. Look up this verb definition of hamper if it's new for you.
  • Question 10

You've made it to the last question already word detective!

 

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

 

(Definition, Express)

(Standard, Average) 

CORRECT ANSWER
Mean
EDDIE SAYS
Have you come across the word 'mean' in maths? It's another way of saying the average of a set of amounts. Don't panic if you're not sure of this yet, but it might be worth looking up or asking an adult if you've not heard this word before. Our other meaning is actually in the word 'meaning'. When we say what we mean, we are saying what we wish to express or define. It's a word we use so much, it can be tricky to define. Excellent work Word Detective; that's this activity ticked off!
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