2017 Term 2 Primary School Preparation Synonyms/Antonyms

1. nag complain, moan, fuss,
  accept tolerate, endure, bear,
2. nasty mean, hurtful, hostile,
  nice pleasant, gentle, affable,
3. naughty misbehaved, mischievous, unruly,
  well-behaved obedient, well-mannered, considerate,
4. near close by, nearby, neighbouring,
  far distant, remote, removed,
5. neat spotless, tidy, immaculate,
  messy sloppy, untidy, unkempt,

6. necessary essential, crucial, indispensable,
  unnecessary, extra, needless, additional
7. need, necessity, want, requirement
  luxury, comfort, accessory, bonus,
8. needy, poor, deprived, impoverished
  wealthy, rich, prosperous, affluent,
9. neglect, disregard, indifference, oversight
  care concern, responsibility, consideration
10. nervous, anxious, edgy, jittery
  calm, collected, steady, composed

11. new, novel, brand-new, recent
  old, outdated, obsolete, over-the- hill
12. newbie, novice, newcomer, beginner
  veteran, old hand, old-timer, expert
13. nice, agreeable, likable, delightful
  unpleasant, disagreeable, unlikable, unacceptable
14. nifty smart, excellent, sharp
  inferior poor, second-rate, lousy
15. nimble, handy, dexterous, agile
  clumsy, awkward, inept, butterfingered

16. nonsense, idiocy, foolishness, balderdash
  sense, sensibility, purpose, significance
17. noisy, loud, rowdy, rackety
  quiet, silent, still, mute
18. normal ordinary, usual, commonplace
  abnormal, odd, extraordinary, irregular
19. nourish sustain, care, feed
  neglect, abandon, deprive, starve
20. numb insensible, unfeeling, torpid
  sensitive sensible, responsive, perceptive

*Three types of antonyms (gradable, complementary and relational) can be distinguished. Word meanings are context-dependent.