Adjective Opposites- Drawing Game

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Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Adjectives and Adverbs

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Adjective Opposites- Drawing Games
Opposites pairs Pictionary
Choose a row from below (e.g. “big” and “little”). Draw both of the things on that row until 
someone guesses the words in both sides of the table below. If your partner can’t guess 
correctly, continue drawing and then give them other hints such as a first letter or one of 
the two words. If they still can’t guess what you have drawn, let them look at the whole list.

alive

dead

ancient/ old/ old-

fashioned 

modern/ new/ up to

date

ashamed/

embarrassed

proud

beautiful/ handsome/

pretty

hideous/ ugly

awful/ horrible/ terrible

fantastic/ wonderful

bald/ hairless

hairy

bent/ curly/ curved

straight

big/ large

little/ small

bored

interested

brainy/ clever/

intelligent/ smart

stupid/ unintelligent

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

bright/ light

dark

broad/ wide

narrow

bumpy/ rough

flat/ smooth

challenging/ difficult/

tricky

easy/ simple

cheap

expensive

chubby/ fat/ well-built

skinny/ slim/ thin

clean/ spotless

dirty/ filthy

close/ near

far

closed/ shut

open

cloudy

sunny

cold

hot

comfortable

uncomfortable

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

correct/ right

incorrect/ wrong

deep

shallow

different

the same/ identical

fast/ quick/ rapid

slow

female

male

first

last

happy

sad/ unhappy

heavy

light

high

low

long

short

loose

tight

loud/ noisy

quiet/ silent

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

messy/ untidy

neat/ tidy

old

young

penniless/ poor

rich/ wealthy

powerful/ strong

powerless/ weak

short

tall

urban

rural/ suburban

Ask about any words above which you don’t understand, drawing it to help explain or 
show your understanding each time. 

Draw just one of the words above and see if your partner can identify that word, then draw
and say its opposite. 

Test each other on the words by reading out one and seeing if your partner can say the 
opposite above.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

The wrong way round opposites drawing game
Choose one of the phrases below and draw that thing until your partner guesses both 
what you have drawn and what the (correct) opposite is (in other words what that thing 
should really be like.
Useful language for playing the game
“The… is/ has… It should be/ have…”
“The… is/ has… …s (usually) are/ have…”

Suggested opposites sentences to draw

The ant is big.

The baby has a rough chin./ The baby’s chin is rough.

The balloon is noisy./ The balloon is loud.

The bicycle has wide wheels.

The boat is over the bridge.

The bowling lane is bumpy.

The boy has a hat under his head./ The hat is under the boy’s head.

The boy’s (under)pants are over his trousers.

The cactus is smooth.

The caterpillar has long legs.

The clouds are under mountain.

The elephant has a short nose

The food is under the table.

The giraffe has a short neck.

The girl has hair under her head./ The hair is under the girl’s head.

The gun is curly./ The gun is bent.

The horse is on the man.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

The ice rink is rough./ The ice in the ice rink is rough.

The mouse has little ears./ The mouse has small ears.

The penguin has long legs.

The pig has a long nose.

The pig has a straight tail.

The plane is under the ground./ The airplane is under the ground.

The planet is square./ The world is square./ The Earth is square.

The presents are on the Xmas tree.

The rocket is flying down.

The siren is under the police car.

The man is skiing up./ The skier is going up.

The snail is out of its shell.

The snail is quick./ The snail is fast.

The star is under the Xmas tree.

The steering wheel is out of the car.

The suit has short sleeves.

The tortoise is quick./ The turtle is fast.

The whale is light.

Penguins are in the North.

Ireland is to the east of England.

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017