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Understand Synonyms

In this worksheet, students practise identifying and choosing synonyms - words that have similar meanings.

'Understand Synonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Synonyms & Antonyms

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A synonym is a word that means the same (or almost the same) thing as another word.

for example:

Little and small are synonyms.

A thesaurus is a book that looks like a dictionary, but instead of giving the definitions of words it gives synonyms and similar words.

 

A thesaurus can be very useful when you are trying to use more powerful words in your writing. If you have one you may find it helpful for this worksheet.

Which of these words are synonyms of big? Tick two boxes.

large

medium

enormous

small

Which of these words are synonyms of tiny? Tick two boxes.

very small

minute

large

thin

Which of these words are synonyms of beautiful? Tick two boxes.

attractive

slim

gorgeous

ugly

Which of these words are synonyms of dreadful? Tick two boxes.

boring

dull

awful

appalling

Which of these words are synonyms of wealthy? Tick two boxes.

healthy

well-off

poor

rich

Which of these words are synonyms of honest? Tick two boxes.

lying

truthful

sincere

careful

Which of these words are synonyms of brave? Tick two boxes.

frightened

courageous

cowardly

valiant

One word that many of us use too much is nice, which can mean lots of different things.

 

Choose a better synonym for the word nice in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

Column A

Column B

We had a nice time at the zoo.
interesting
Sarah looks nice in her new dress.
attractive
Josh was nice to me when I was sad.
kind
We had a nice meal at the Italian restaurant.
delicious

We also use the word good more than we need to.

 

Choose a better synonym for the word good in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

Column A

Column B

The weather was good yesterday.
loyal
Julia is a good violin player.
skilful
Jonny was a good friend to Peter.
interesting
I've just read a really good book.
fine

This time, choose a better synonym for the word bad in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

Column A

Column B

There was a bad accident but luckily nobody was hu...
violent
I had a bad throat yesterday so I couldn't come to...
sore
There was a bad thunderstorm in the night.
serious
We left the milk out of the fridge and it went bad...
sour
  • Question 1

Which of these words are synonyms of big? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
large
enormous
  • Question 2

Which of these words are synonyms of tiny? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
very small
minute
  • Question 3

Which of these words are synonyms of beautiful? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
attractive
gorgeous
  • Question 4

Which of these words are synonyms of dreadful? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
awful
appalling
  • Question 5

Which of these words are synonyms of wealthy? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
well-off
rich
  • Question 6

Which of these words are synonyms of honest? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
truthful
sincere
  • Question 7

Which of these words are synonyms of brave? Tick two boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
courageous
valiant
  • Question 8

One word that many of us use too much is nice, which can mean lots of different things.

 

Choose a better synonym for the word nice in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

We had a nice time at the zoo.
interesting
Sarah looks nice in her new dress...
attractive
Josh was nice to me when I was sa...
kind
We had a nice meal at the Italian...
delicious
  • Question 9

We also use the word good more than we need to.

 

Choose a better synonym for the word good in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The weather was good yesterday.
fine
Julia is a good violin player.
skilful
Jonny was a good friend to Peter.
loyal
I've just read a really good book...
interesting
  • Question 10

This time, choose a better synonym for the word bad in each of these sentences.

(Hover your mouse over the sentences on the left hand side to see them fully).

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

There was a bad accident but luck...
serious
I had a bad throat yesterday so I...
sore
There was a bad thunderstorm in t...
violent
We left the milk out of the fridg...
sour
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