The following worksheets will teach your students how to construct and use antonyms.

Antonyms are words that have the opposite meaning of another word. These words can be helpful when we are writing. They can ensure that we ae using the appropriate word in some cases. They heighten our ability to express ourselves with language. One of the most well used literary techniques to help describe relationships is an oxymoron. The use of contradictory terms adds a great deal of flavor to our language and can really be helpful to engage readers. Antonyms help us breathe life into our vocabulary growth. Being able to list many different words that are the opposite of a word in question can really extend your use of the English language.

Instructors can use these pages to give their students practice with antonyms. Activities include filling in blanks or matching words using antonyms from a word bank, using prefixes to build antonyms out of root words, rewriting sentences to change their meaning into the opposite, and more. Context is very important when working with these guys, because the opposite of "cool" can be "warm" if you're talking about the weather, or "square" if you're talking about a person. Fun Fact: Words whose different definitions are antonyms, such as cleave (to hold together or split apart) and sanction (to boycott or approve), are called "contronyms."

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Identification Worksheet

Read each sentence below. Find the antonym for each underlined word. Write it on the line.

Change the Meanings

Change the meaning of each sentence by replacing the underlined word with an antonym.

Bold Sentence Words

Rewrite each sentence, replacing the bolded word with an antonym.

Adjective and Antonyms

Read each sentence. Underline the adjective. On the line after each sentence, write the sentence that comes next, using an adjective from the word box that is the antonym of the adjective in the first sentence.

Always Opposites

Write the opposite of each word.

Did Somebody Say Ant?

Write an antonym for each word below. Then from each pair of words, choose the one that has the most positive connotation to fill in the blanks in the sentences below.

Sentence Interpretations

Complete the second sentence in each set by filling in an antonym to the bolded word in the first sentence.

An Assortment of Opposites

Complete the sentences in each set by filling in antonyms to the underlined word in the first sentence. Use the Word Bank.

Creating Mixed Meanings with Prefixes

Add a prefix that means "not" to each underlined word to create its antonym.

Sentence Word Switches

Choose an antonym from the Word Bank for each underlined word. Then rewrite each sentence. replacing the underlined word with your antonym.


Note: Not all words in the Word Box will be used.

Word Replacement

Write the antonym for each underlined word on the line.

Identifying Antonyms

Find the antonym for each word in parentheses and use it to complete the sentence.

Conveying Meaning

Find an antonym in the Word Box and use it to compose a sentence that has the same meaning as the given sentence.

Word Bank

Change the message of these sentences completely.

Backwards Only

Match each word with that of its antonym.