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Opposites are also called antonyms. Some common opposites are:
A
absent - present
abundant - scarce
accept - decline, refuse
accurate - inaccurate
admit - deny
advantage - disadvantage
against - for
agree - disagree
alive - dead
all - none, nothing
ally - enemy
always - never
ancient - modern
answer - question
antonym - synonym
apart - together
appear - disappear, vanish
approve - disapprove
arrive - depart
artificial - natural
ascend - descend
attic - cellar
attractive - repulsive
awake - asleep

B
backward - forward
bad - good
beautiful - ugly
before - after
begin - end
below - above
bent - straight
best - worst
better - worse, worst
big - little, small
black - white
blame - praise
bless - curse
bitter - sweet
borrow - lend
bottom - top
boy - girl
brave - cowardly
build - destroy
bold - meek, timid
borrow - lend
bound - unbound, free
boundless - limited
bright - dim, dull
brighten - fade
broad - narrow

C
calm - windy, troubled
can - cannot, can't
capable - incapable
captive - free
careful - careless
cheap - expensive
cheerful - sad, discouraged, dreary
clear - cloudy, opaque
clever - stupid
clockwise - counterclockwise
close - far, distant
closed - ajar, open
clumsy - graceful
cold - hot
combine - separate
come - go
comfort - discomfort
common - rare
conceal - reveal
contract - expand
cool - warm
correct - incorrect, wrong
courage - cowardice
create - destroy
crooked - straight
cruel - kind
compulsory - voluntary
courteous - discourteous, rude

D
dangerous - safe
dark - light
day - night
daytime - nighttime
dead - alive
decline - accept, increase
decrease - increase
deep - shallow
definite - indefinite
demand - supply
despair - hope
dim - bright
disappear - appear
discourage - encourage
diseased - healthy
down - up
downwards - upwards
dreary - cheerful
dry - moist, wet
dull - bright, shiny
dusk - dawn

E
early - late
east - west
easy - hard, difficult
empty - full
encourage - discourage
end - begin, start
enter - exit
even - odd
expand - contract
export - import
exterior - interior
external - internal

F
fade - brighten
fail - succeed
false - true
famous - unknown
far - near
fast - slow
fat - thin
feeble - strong, powerful
few - many
find - lose
first - last
float - sink
foolish - wise
fore - aft
free - bound, captive
fold - unfold
forget - remember
found - lost
fresh - stale
frequent - seldom
friend - enemy
for - against
fortunate - unfortunate
full - empty

G
generous - stingy
gentle - rough
get - give
giant - tiny, small, dwarf
girl - boy
give - receive, take
glad - sad, sorry
gloomy - cheerful
go - stop
good - bad, evil
grant - refuse
great - tiny, small, unimportant
grow - shrink
guest - host
guilty - innocent

H
happy - sad
hard - easy
hard - soft
harmful - harmless
harsh - mild
hate - love
haves - have-nots
healthy - diseased, ill, sick
heaven - hell
heavy - light
help - hinder
here - there
hero - coward
high - low
hill - valley
hinder - help
honest - dishonest
horizontal - vertical
hot - cold
humble - proud

I
ill - healthy, well
immense - tiny, small
important - trivial
in - out
include - exclude
increase - decrease
inferior - superior
inhale - exhale
inner - outer
inside - outside
intelligent - stupid, unintelligent
interesting - boring
interior - exterior
interesting - dull, uninteresting
internal - external
intentional - accidental

J
join - separate
junior - senior
just - unjust
justice - injustice

K
knowledge - ignorance
known - unknown

L
landlord - tenant
large - small
last - first
laugh - cry
lawful - unlawful, illegal
lazy - industrious
leader - follower
left - right
lend -borrow
lengthen - shorten
lenient - strict
left - right
less - more
light - dark, heavy
like - dislike, hate
likely - unlikely
limited - boundless
little - big
long - short
loose - tight
lose - find
loss - win
loud - quiet
love - hate
low - high
loyal - disloyal

M
mad - happy, sane
major - minor
many - few
mature - immature
maximum - minimum
melt - freeze
merry - sad
messy - neat
minor - major
minority - majority
miser - spendthrift
misunderstand - understand
more - less

N
nadir - zenith
narrow - wide
near - far, distant
neat - messy, untidy
never - always
new - old
night - day
nighttime - daytime
no - yes
noisy - quiet
none - some
north - south

O
obedient - disobedient
odd - even
offer - refuse
old - young
old - new
on - off
open - closed, shut
opposite- same, similar
optimist - pessimist
out - in
outer - inner
over - under

P
past - present
patient - impatient
peace - war
permanent - temporary
plentiful - scarce
plural - singular
poetry - prose
polite - rude, impolite
possible - impossible
poverty - wealth, riches
powerful - weak
pretty - ugly
private - public
prudent - imprudent
pure - impure, contaminated
push - pull

Q
qualified - unqualified
question - answer
quiet - loud, noisy

R
raise - lower
rapid - slow
rare - common
regular - irregular
real - fake
rich - poor
right - left, wrong
right-side-up - upside-down
rough - smooth
rude - courteous

S
safe - unsafe
same - opposite
satisfactory - unsatisfactory
secure - insecure
scatter - collect
separate - join, together
serious - trivial
second-hand - new
shallow - deep
shrink - grow
sick - healthy, ill
simple - complex, hard
singular - plural
sink - float
slim - fat, thick
slow - fast
sober - drunk
soft - hard
some - none
sorrow - joy
sour - sweet
sow -reap
straight - crooked
start - finish
stop - go
strict - lenient
strong - weak
success - failure
sunny - cloudy
synonym - antonym
sweet - sour

T
take - give
tall - short
tame - wild
them - us
there - here
thick - thin
tight - loose, slack
tiny - big, huge
together - apart
top - bottom
tough - easy, tender
transparent - opaque
true - false
truth - flasehood, lie, untruth

U
under - over
unfold - fold
unknown - known
unqualified - qualified
unsafe - safe
up - down
upside-down - right-side-up
upstairs - downstairs
us - them
useful - useless

V
vacant - occupied
vanish - appear
vast - tiny
victory - defeat
virtue - vice
visible - invisible
voluntary - compulsory

W
war - peace
wax - wane
weak - strong
wet - dry
white - black
wide - narrow
win - lose
wisdom - folly, stupidity
within - outside
wrong - right

Y
yes - no
yin - yang
young - old

Z
zip - unzip
zenith - nadir

Nursery Rhymes that Refer to Opposites:


Itsy Bitsy Spider


The Little Girl with a Curl


Pease Porridge


Upstairs, Downstairs

Activities on Opposites:
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Write Eight Sets of Opposites

Think of and write eight sets of opposites. Sample answers: up/down, left/right, black/white, north/south, near/far, in/out, good/bad, big/little, tall/short.
Animal Opposites Coloring Book to Print


A coloring book about opposites, illustrating the concepts with animals.
Match words

Match the Opposites #1

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are dry/wet, thin/fat, east/west, close/open, young/old, noisy/quiet, heavy/light, hot/cold, sweet/sour, ugly/pretty. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Opposites #2

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are big/small, clean/dirty, easy/hard, tall/short, left/right, rich/poor, slow/fast, bad/good, dark/light, high/low. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Opposites #3

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are north/south, wrong/right, in/out, soft/hard, new/old, shallow/deep, frown/smile, best/worst, true/false, find/lose. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Opposites #4

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are up/down, narrow/wide, happy/sad, empty/full, day/night, first/last, over/under, less/more, push/pull, near/far. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Opposite Emotion-Related Words

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are generous/greedy, happy/sad, brave/cowardly, shy/bold, hostile/peaceful, frown/smile, energetic/tired, proud/ashamed, loving/hateful, optimistic/pessimistic. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Emperor's New Clothes-Related Antonyms

Match 10 words related to the fairytale, The Emperor's New Clothes to their antonyms. The words are visible/invisible, ugly/beautiful, clever/stupid, real/make-believe, vain/humble, new/old, truth/lie, happy/sad, ruler/subject, foolish/wise. Or go to the answers.
multiple choice

Opposites of Prepositions - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #1

Answer 10 multiple choice questions on opposites (antonyms) of prepositions. Words: in, over, after, near, with, for, to, outside, on, behind. Or go to the answers.
Match words

Match the Opposite Location-Related Words

Match 10 words to their opposites. The words are up/down, north/south, west/east, inside/outside, here/there, first/last, over/under, horizontal/vertical, left/right, far/near. Or go to the answers.
multiple choice

Opposites - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #2

Answer 10 multiple choice questions on opposites (antonyms). Words: tall, empty, slow, pretty, right, loud, wet, sour, go, hard. Or go to the answers.
multiple choice

Opposites - Multiple Choice Comprehension Quiz #3

Answer 10 multiple choice questions on opposites (antonyms). Words: push, best, wide, clean, light, smile, true, always, old, lose. Or go to the answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #1

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: big/small, cold/hot, win/lose. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #2

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: give/take, walk/run, happy/sad. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #3

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: easy/hard, fast/slow, clean/dirty. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #4

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: bad/good, rich/poor, hard/soft. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #5

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: noisy/quiet, make/destroy, hard/simple. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #6

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: pretty/ugly, many/few, help/hurt. Or go to sample answers.
Synonyms of Antonyms

Write Synonyms of Antonyms #7

Write synonyms for each set of opposites. Antonyms: love/hate, laugh/cry, start/finish. Or go to sample answers.
Word List

Opposites/Antonyms: Vocabulary Word List

A list of common opposites (antonyms).
Synonyms of Antonyms

Synonyms and Antonyms Worksheets

For each word, write a synonym and an antonym.

Worksheet #1 Words: big, warm, far, difficult, hurry, like, woman, true, quick, right. Go to sample answers.

Worksheet #2 Words: cry, tall, tired, fat, healthy, repair, depart, start, get, grow. Go to sample answers.

Worksheet #3 Words: love, inside, buy, stop, friend, humble, good, sad, new, boring. Go to sample answers.

Worksheet #4 Words: dry, clean, alive, lose, disappear, more, silent, stay, similar, rich. Go to sample answers.

Worksheet #5 Words: win, stay, rough, good, greedy, sick, alone, alive, find, valuable. Go to sample answers.

Worksheet #6 Words: fast, cautious, soon, open, fair, long, shy, sure, sour, smart. Go to sample answers.

Draw and Compare Opposites:
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Big and Small Things

Draw a big thing and a small thing, label them, and answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one would be heavier?"
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Day and Night

Draw the daytime sky and the night sky and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one do you see more often?"
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Fast and Slow Things

Draw a fast-moving thing and a slow-moving thing, label them, and answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one do you see more often?"
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare A Happy Face and a Sad Face

Draw a happy face and a sad face and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one is more like you?"
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Hard and Soft Things

Draw a hard thing and a soft thing and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one is less common?" or go to a pdf version of this page.
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Heavy and Light Things

Draw a heavy thing and a light thing and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one is less common?" or go to a pdf version of this page.
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Hot and Cold Things

Draw a hot thing and a cold thing, label them, and answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one do you see more often?"
Draw and Compare

Draw and Compare Noisy and Quiet Things

Draw a noisy thing and a quiet thing and then answer simple questions comparing them, for example, "Which one is smaller?" or go to a pdf version of this page.

Label Opposites in English:
opposites to label

Label the Opposites #1 in English

Label up, down, left, right, empty, full, happy, sad, short and tall in English.
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Label the Opposites #2 in English

Label big, small, slow, fast, day, night, behind, in front of, first, and last in English.
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Label the Opposites #3 in English

Label over, under, black, white, fat, thin, quiet, loud, less, and more in English.
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Opposites to label

Label the Opposites #4 in English

Label dirty, clean, hot, cold, wide, narrow, open, closed, push, and pull in English.
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Label Opposites in French:
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Opposites in French #1
A Label Me! Printout

Label up, down, left, right, empty, full, happy, sad, short and tall in French.
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Opposites to label

Opposites in French #2
A Label Me! Printout

Label big, small, slow, fast, day, night, behind, in front of, first, and last in French.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #3 in French
A Label Me! Printout

Label over, under, black, white, fat, thin, quiet, loud, less, and more in French.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #4 in French
A Label Me! Printout

Label dirty, clean, hot, cold, wide, narrow, open, closed, push, and pull in French.
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Label Opposites in German:
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Opposites #1 in German
A Label Me! Printout

Label up, down, left, right, empty, full, happy, sad, short and tall in German.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #2 in German
A Label Me! Printout

Label big, small, slow, fast, day, night, behind, in front of, first, and last in German.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #3 in German
A Label Me! Printout

Label over, under, black, white, fat, thin, quiet, loud, less, and more in German.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #4 in German
A Label Me! Printout

Label dirty, clean, hot, cold, wide, narrow, open, closed, push, and pull in German.
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Label Opposites in Italian:
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Opposites #1 in Italian
A Label Me! Printout

Label up, down, left, right, empty, full, happy, sad, short and tall in Italian.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #2 in Italian
A Label Me! Printout

Label big, small, slow, fast, day, night, behind, in front of, first, and last in Italian.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #3 in Italian
A Label Me! Printout

Label over, under, black, white, fat, thin, quiet, loud, less, and more in Italian.
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Opposites to label

Opposites #4 in Italian
A Label Me! Printout

Label dirty, clean, hot, cold, wide, narrow, open, closed, push, and pull in Italian.
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Opposites in Spanish:
Animal Opposites Coloring Book - English/Spanish


A Spanish/English coloring book about opposites, illustrating the concepts with animals.
opposites to label

Opposites in Spanish #1
A Label Me! Printout

Label up, down, left, right, empty, full, happy, sad, short and tall in Spanish.
Answers
Opposites to label

Opposites in Spanish #2
A Label Me! Printout

Label big, small, slow, fast, day, night, behind, in front of, first, and last in Spanish.
Answers
Opposites to label

Opposites #3 in Spanish
A Label Me! Printout

Label over, under, black, white, fat, thin, quiet, loud, less, and more in Spanish.
Answers
Opposites to label

Opposites #4 in Spanish
A Label Me! Printout

Label dirty, clean, hot, cold, wide, narrow, open, closed, push, and pull in Spanish.
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