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Antonyms

In this worksheet, students look for words that mean the opposite of each other.

'Antonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Read these sentences:

Cinderella was kind. Her step-mother was cruel.

Cinderella        Witch

 

The word 'cruel' means the opposite of the word 'kind'.

 

In this worksheet you can practise matching up words with their opposites.

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'dark'.

pretty

cloudy

light

yellow

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'out'.

outside

round

up

in

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'soft'.

light

bouncy

hard

gentle

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'large'.

giant

fat

heavy

small

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'tall'.

skinny

wide

short

growing

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'ugly'.

short

bright

lumpy

pretty

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'young'.

growing

old

beautiful

modern

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'after'.

later

yesterday

before

then

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'cold'.

chilly

hot

ice

steam

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'long'.

forward

tall

wide

short

  • Question 1

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'dark'.

CORRECT ANSWER
light
EDDIE SAYS
Lets do this! Read through your options and decide which is the most likely. Which word would you use to describe something that wasn't dark? 'Light' is the opposite word in meaning to dark. We call this an Antonym.
  • Question 2

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'out'.

CORRECT ANSWER
in
EDDIE SAYS
The trick is to imagine you are writing it in a sentence. If you aren't out then where are you? 'In' is the opposite in meaning to 'out'.
  • Question 3

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'soft'.

CORRECT ANSWER
hard
EDDIE SAYS
Always try to imagine how you would describe something that was the opposite. Which word comes to mind? 'Hard' is the opposite in meaning to 'soft'. Remember you can always use a dictionary to help.
  • Question 4

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'large'.

CORRECT ANSWER
small
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! Make sure you always know the meaning of the word in the example. You can then look through the options to decide which word best describes the opposite.
  • Question 5

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'tall'.

CORRECT ANSWER
short
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! 'Short' is the opposite in meaning to 'tall'.
  • Question 6

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'ugly'.

CORRECT ANSWER
pretty
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Look through the options and decide which word would you use to describe the way someone looks. The word word has to have the opposite meaning to 'ugly'. 'Pretty' is the antonym of 'ugly.
  • Question 7

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'young'.

CORRECT ANSWER
old
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? 'Old' is the opposite in meaning to 'young'.
  • Question 8

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'after'.

CORRECT ANSWER
before
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Remember you can use a dictionary to look up any words you do not understand to find out their meaning.
  • Question 9

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'cold'.

CORRECT ANSWER
hot
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? 'Hot' has the opposite meaning to 'cold'.
  • Question 10

Tick the word that means the opposite of 'long'.

CORRECT ANSWER
short
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! Try to imagine it in a sentence. The opposite word to 'long' is 'short'.
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