Share this entry


Synonyms of inferior in English:


  • 1 they are regarded as inferior by other staff
    lower in status, lesser, second-class, second-fiddle, minor, subservient, lowly, humble, menial, not very important, not so important, below someone, beneath someone, under someone's heel;
    lower-ranking, lower in rank, subordinate, junior, secondary, subsidiary, ancillary
    [Antonyms] superior, senior
  • 2 I had to put up with inferior accommodation
    second-rate, substandard, low-quality, low-grade, downmarket, indifferent, mediocre, unsatisfactory, shoddy, shabby, deficient, flawed, imperfect, unsound;
    informalgrotty, crummy, dire, rotten, lousy, poxy, third-rate, God-awful, not up to much, not up to snuff, the pits
    British informalduff, rubbish, ropy, pants, a load of pants
    [Antonyms] first-rate, high quality
  • noun

    Back to top  
  • how dare she treat him as an inferior?
    [Antonyms] superior
  • Definition of inferior in:

    Share this entry


    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

    Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources