Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonymns

Synonyms are words with a similar or the same meaning.

Examples of Synonyms

Word

Synonym

quick

fast, prompt, rapid

big

large, huge, enormous

depart

leave, go

polite

well-mannered

 

You can use a thesaurus to find synonyms. It works like a dictionary in that it is in alphabetical order.

Antonyms

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings. 

Examples of Antonyms

Word

Antonym

quick

slow

big

small, tiny

depart

arrive

polite

rude

 
  Using synonyms and antonyms to broaden your vocabulary will make your writing and speaking more interesting and varied. 

ACTIVITIES

Activity 1

Finding Synonyms

Find the synonyms for the words in the table, in the word spiral below.

Word Synonym
1. amazing
2. answer
3. begin
4. calm
5. destroy
6. end
7. funny
8. make
9. quiet
10. strange

Activity 2

Synonym Word Search

Activity 3

Choosing Antonyms