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Identify Antonyms

In this worksheet, students practise matching words with their opposing meanings.

'Identify Antonyms' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar Awareness (learn the grammar of Y5 and 6)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Some words in our language mean the opposite of other words. These words are called antonyms.

For example: The antonym of good is bad.

 

In this worksheet you can practise identifying antonyms.

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of wonderful?

lovely

happy

dreadful

pretty

sad

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of rude?

helpful

polite

unfriendly

nasty

friendly

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of freezing?

cold

boiling

winter

lukewarm

cool

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of hard?

rough

smooth

bendy

soft

long

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of light?

bright

night

winter

dark

sun

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of top?

lid

roof

middle

bottom

side

Some words have more than one antonym. Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of big.

small

tall

large

medium

little

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of happy.

sad

lazy

unhappy

excited

tired

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of slow.

late

fast

early

quick

steady

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of open.

closed

lid

box

wide

shut

  • Question 1

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of wonderful?

CORRECT ANSWER
dreadful
EDDIE SAYS
The best thing to do here is to read through each option and think about what each word means. The word 'wonderful' means something that is pleasurable or enjoyable. So which word out of all the options could be the opposite of that? 'Dreadful' is the correct option.
  • Question 2

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of rude?

CORRECT ANSWER
polite
EDDIE SAYS
Way to go! Remember an antonym is the opposite. 'Polite' is the opposite of rude. If you unsure about what a word means. You can use a dictionary to look up the meaning.
  • Question 3

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of freezing?

CORRECT ANSWER
boiling
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it? Make sure you know what the word in the question means. An antonym has to be the complete opposite. In this example you might think that 'lukewarm' could be the opposite to 'freezing', but it's not because it is not the complete opposite. It has to be the extreme opposite, so the opposite to 'freezing' is 'boiling'.
  • Question 4

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of hard?

CORRECT ANSWER
soft
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! The opposite to 'hard' is 'soft'. The trick is to look at all the options and think about which one means the complete opposite.
  • Question 5

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of light?

CORRECT ANSWER
dark
EDDIE SAYS
Super star you will be an expert on this soon! 'Dark' has to be the correct answer as it means something totally different and is the complete opposite to 'light'.
  • Question 6

Which of the words in the list is an antonym of top?

CORRECT ANSWER
bottom
EDDIE SAYS
Keep up the great effort! It can help if you think about what might be the opposite of the word given before you see the options. Then look through the options to see if it's there. Remember you can use a dictionary to look up any meanings you might be unsure of.
  • Question 7

Some words have more than one antonym. Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of big.

CORRECT ANSWER
small
little
EDDIE SAYS
So here you needed to find two answers. Some words can have more than one antonym. The trick when identifying these words is to look for the word that you think means the complete opposite, in this case 'small', then look for a word that is similar in meaning. This would be option 5 'little'.
  • Question 8

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of happy.

CORRECT ANSWER
sad
unhappy
EDDIE SAYS
You got this! Keep looking for the opposite word. Find that one first and then look for the option that is the most similar. In this case 'unhappy' and 'sad' are the opposites of happy.
  • Question 9

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of slow.

CORRECT ANSWER
fast
quick
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Remember the question asks for two answers. An antonym is the opposite, so the word has a completely different meaning. Find the word that is the most opposite and then look for a word with a similar meaning. Try to imagine using them in a sentence, which two are the most similar that would give the same meaning.
  • Question 10

Tick two words in the list that are antonyms of open.

CORRECT ANSWER
closed
shut
EDDIE SAYS
High five! Well done for all our effort. You go this now. Just try to remember that antonym is the opposite. In this example 'closed' and 'shut' are the opposite to 'open'.
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