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?
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?
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.