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Word Meaning: Synonyms

In this worksheet, students clarify the meanings of new words by linking new meanings to known vocabulary.

'Word Meaning: Synonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Clarify Word Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

There are over 250,000 words in the English language. This is because English has added many words from other languages.

Because we have lots of words, you will find that lots of our words have the same, or nearly the same, meaning as other words.

A synonym is a word that has the same, or nearly the same, meaning as another word.

 

Why is this important?

 

When you are speaking or writing, you can make what you are saying or writing more interesting by adding lots of different descriptions using interesting words – so the more words you know, the better!

In this worksheet, you will need to try and decide which words are synonyms, and which are not.

thesaurus is a book which contains lists of words and their synonyms. You can use a thesaurus to help you.

"Where is it?" the man asked.

 

Choose two synonyms for asked.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

inquired

saved

tried

requested

 

Six excellent cakes on sticks.

 

Choose two synonyms for excellent.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

request

brilliant

superb

bashful

 

Mend the sock.

 

Choose two synonyms for mend.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

inquire

repair

super

fix

Someone was mean to me.

 

Choose two synonyms for mean.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

unkind

repair

super

horrible

A nice sand castle.

 

Choose two synonyms for nice.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

mean

delightful

beautiful

clean

 

"You are big!" said the mouse.

 

Choose two synonyms for big.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

awful

charming

enormous

huge

Do you like to run?

 

Choose two synonyms for run.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

dash

sprint

fast

speed

 

Snorkeling can be difficult.

 

Choose two synonyms for difficult.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

tricky

sprint

awkward

weak

The bad witch.

 

Choose two synonyms for bad.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

wicked

sad

delightful

evil

I'm mad!

 

Choose two synonyms for mad.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

fast

furious

angry

attractive

  • Question 1

"Where is it?" the man asked.

 

Choose two synonyms for asked.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
inquired
requested
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'inquired' and 'requested' are synonyms for asked.
  • Question 2

 

Six excellent cakes on sticks.

 

Choose two synonyms for excellent.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
brilliant
superb
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'brilliant' and 'superb' are synonyms for excellent.
  • Question 3

 

Mend the sock.

 

Choose two synonyms for mend.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
repair
fix
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'repair' and 'fix' are synonyms for mend.
  • Question 4

Someone was mean to me.

 

Choose two synonyms for mean.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
unkind
horrible
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'unkind' and 'horrible' are synonyms for mean.
  • Question 5

A nice sand castle.

 

Choose two synonyms for nice.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
delightful
beautiful
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'delightful' and 'beautiful' are synonyms for nice.
  • Question 6

 

"You are big!" said the mouse.

 

Choose two synonyms for big.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
enormous
huge
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'enormous' and 'huge' are synonyms for big.
  • Question 7

Do you like to run?

 

Choose two synonyms for run.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
dash
sprint
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'dash' and 'sprint' are synonyms for run.
  • Question 8

 

Snorkeling can be difficult.

 

Choose two synonyms for difficult.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
tricky
awkward
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'tricky' and 'awkward' are synonyms for difficult.
  • Question 9

The bad witch.

 

Choose two synonyms for bad.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
wicked
evil
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'wicked' and 'evil' are synonyms for bad.
  • Question 10

I'm mad!

 

Choose two synonyms for mad.

The synonyms need to make sense in the sentence. If you are not sure, you can use a thesaurus to help.

CORRECT ANSWER
furious
angry
EDDIE SAYS
The words 'furious' and 'angry' are synonyms for mad.
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