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Understand Antonyms 3

In this worksheet, students investigate words with more than one antonym.

'Understand Antonyms 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Synonyms & Antonyms

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words have an obvious antonym, such as near and far or over and under.

 

However, there are quite a lot of words that have more than one antonym. Sometimes this is because the same word can mean different things.

for example:

right (meaning 'correct') and wrong

right (as in 'right hand side') and left

 

Sometimes there can be more than one antonym for a word with a single meaning. The antonym of open can be either shut or closed.

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of slow.

 

Tick the odd one out.

fast

swift

quick

steady

fleet

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of small.

 

Tick the odd one out.

colossal

modest

giant

big

large

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of ugly.

 

Tick the odd one out.

pretty

picturesque

beautiful

bland

handsome

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of mild.

 

Tick the odd one out.

strong

hot

intense

extreme

balmy

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of stormy.

 

Tick the odd one out.

still

calm

tranquil

tempestuous

quiet

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

The case was very heavy.

The room was very dark.

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

My bicycle is new.

My sister is quite young.

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

He felt angry about the situation.

The sea was very rough.

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

My dog has a very long tail.

My little sister is quite tall.

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

That was an evil thing to do.

The grain harvest was bad last year.

  • Question 1

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of slow.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
steady
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! You are looking for the antonym of \'slow\', this means any words that have the opposite meaning to \'slow\'. Read through each one, if you are unsure on any of the meanings you can use dictionary to find out. \'Fast\' is the most obvious antonym of \'slow\'. \'Steady\' is the odd one out as it is the only word that does not mean \'fast\'. Keep it up!
  • Question 2

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of small.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
modest
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? You are looking for a words that mean the opposite of \'small\'. Look through the options and try to put them into a sentence in which you would be describing something as \'small\'. Would they work? \'Modest\' is the odd one out as it means small or limited, so does not have the opposite meaning. Keep up the good effort!
  • Question 3

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of ugly.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
bland
EDDIE SAYS
Hang in there super star! Our root word is \'ugly\'. What is the opposite meaning? \'Beautiful\' would be the most obvious antonym. All the other options should be another way of saying \'beautiful\'. The word that does not have this meaning is the odd one out. \'Bland\' is the odd one out.
  • Question 4

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of mild.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
balmy
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! If you are unsure about the meaning of any of the words remember to use a dictionary to find out. Here you are looking for the opposite of \'mild\'. \'Mild\' means not severe, the most obvious antonym would be \'hot\'. If you can see a word that has a similar meaning to the root word given, this is the odd one out. \'Balmy\' has a similar meaning so it is not an antonym of \'mild\'.
  • Question 5

All of the following words except one can be used as antonyms of stormy.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
tempestuous
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? Antonyms are opposites. They have the compete opposite meaning. By looking at the list of words given which word does not fit with the rest? \'Tempestuous\' has a similar meaning to \'stormy\' so is not an antonym.
  • Question 6

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

The case was very heavy.

The room was very dark.

CORRECT ANSWER
light
EDDIE SAYS
Keep it up! You need to look at the words in bold. What is the opposite of those words? Try to think of the most obvious choice and see if it will work for both examples.\'Light\' is an antonym of both dark and heavy.
  • Question 7

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

My bicycle is new.

My sister is quite young.

CORRECT ANSWER
old
EDDIE SAYS
Good job! Keep reminding yourself that you are looking for words with the opposite meaning. If something isn\'t \'young\' or \'new\', we say it is \'old\'.
  • Question 8

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

He felt angry about the situation.

The sea was very rough.

CORRECT ANSWER
calm
EDDIE SAYS
High five you got this! Keep trying! Read the example sentences and think about what words you would use to give the sentence the opposite meaning. \'Calm\' is an antonym for both \'rough\' and \'angry\'.
  • Question 9

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

My dog has a very long tail.

My little sister is quite tall.

CORRECT ANSWER
short
EDDIE SAYS
Are you becoming an expert now? You can do this! \'Short\' is an antonym for both \'long\' and \'tall\'. Remember sometimes there can be more than one antonym for a word with a single meaning. Nearly done!
  • Question 10

The same word can be used as an antonym for both the words in bold in the following sentences.

 

Write it in the box.

 

That was an evil thing to do.

The grain harvest was bad last year.

CORRECT ANSWER
good
EDDIE SAYS
High five for effort! Remember an antonym is a word that has an opposite meaning. Look at the two root words you have been given. Which word would mean the opposite for both examples? \'Good\' is the most obvious antonym for \'evil\' and \'bad\'.
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