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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:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

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.

Thesaurus

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.
delicious
Josh was nice to me when I was sad.
attractive
We had a nice meal at the Italian restaurant.
kind

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

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...
serious
There was a bad thunderstorm in the night.
sour
We left the milk out of the fridge and it went bad...
sore
  • Question 1

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

CORRECT ANSWER
large
enormous
EDDIE SAYS
Lets do this! Try to think about which options you would choose if describing something that was big. Both 'large' and enormous' are synonyms of 'big'.
  • Question 2

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

CORRECT ANSWER
very small
minute
EDDIE SAYS
Again look at the options here and think about which words mean the same as 'tiny'. Which could you use when describing something that is 'tiny'? The trick here is to look at the words you know do not mean 'tiny', they can be ruled out, making your choice easier. Both 'very small' and 'minute' are synonyms of 'tiny'.
  • Question 3

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

CORRECT ANSWER
attractive
gorgeous
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this? Remember rule out any options that you know do not mean 'beautiful'. You can use a dictionary or a thesaurus to help.
  • Question 4

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

CORRECT ANSWER
awful
appalling
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! Think about what 'dreadful' means. Use a dictionary if you are unsure. Remember a synonym is a word with a similar meaning.
  • Question 5

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

CORRECT ANSWER
well-off
rich
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! Keep up the great work. 'Wealthy' means to have lots of money or assets.
  • Question 6

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

CORRECT ANSWER
truthful
sincere
EDDIE SAYS
High five for effort! 'Honest' is when someone is telling the truth. Both 'truthful' and 'sincere' have a similar meaning and are synonyms.
  • Question 7

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

CORRECT ANSWER
courageous
valiant
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Remember you are looking for the words that have a similar meaning.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
There are many different ways to say 'nice'. Using synonyms helps to make our writing more interesting and varied for the reader.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Remember to use a thesaurus or a dictionary if you are unsure which options should go where.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Read through the sentences and think of a word that you could use that wouldn't change the meaning of the sentence.
---- OR ----

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