List of Opposite Adjectives in English | Opposites of Adjectives

Useful list of Opposite Adjectives illustrated with pictures and examples.

Opposites are words lying in an inherently incompatible binary relationship, like the opposite pairs big – small, long – short, …

In this lesson, we will learn useful list of common opposite adjectives in English.

List of Common Opposite Adjectives

Slow – Fast

– The car was travelling at a very slow speed.

– He’s one of the fastest runners in the world.

Thick – Thin

– He was wearing thick glasses.

– She’s only wearing a thin summer jacket.

Straight – Curly

– Terry has a long, straight black hair.

– She was young, with a round face and brown curly hair.

Light – Heavy

– You can carry this bag – it’s fairly light.

– The wardrobe was too heavy for me to move on my own.

Loose – Tight

– I’m very uncomfortable in this loose shirt.

– My shoes were so tight that I could hardly walk.

Beautiful – Ugly

– The bride looked beautiful in that dress.

– He was short, near-sighted, ugly and exceptionally awkward.

Big – Small

– The garage isn’t big enough for two cars.

– The T-shirt was too small for him.

Strong – Weak

– He picked her up in his big strong arms.

– She’s too weak to feed herself.

Healthy – Sick

– I’ve always been perfectly healthy until now.

– Maria can’t come in today because she’s sick.

Low – High

– The sun was low in the sky.

– The camp was surrounded by a high fence.

Poor – Wealthy

– Her family were so poor they couldn’t afford to buy her new clothes.

– He left as a poor, working class boy and returned as a wealthy man.

Short – Tall

– He’s a bit shorter than me.

– She’s a little taller than her sister.

Thin – Fat

– He was tall and thin, with short brown hair.

– You’ll get fat if you eat all that chocolate.

Insane – Sane

– The whole idea sounds absolutely insane to me.

– He seems perfectly sane to me.

Bad – Good

– I have some bad news for you.

– The train service is not very good.

Straight – Crooked

– She was looking straight at me.

– His lips curled into a crooked smile.

Deep – Shallow

– The castle is on an island surrounded by a deep lake.

– The lake is quite shallow.

Dark – Light

– The church was dark and quiet.

– The kitchen was light and spacious.

Lazy – Hard-working

– He felt too lazy to get out of bed.

– She is a hard-working teacher.

Brave – Cowardly

– It was brave of you to speak in front of all those people.

– He was very cowardly because he did not tell that truth.

Cheap – Expensive

– Property is cheaper in Spain than here.

– Petrol is becoming more and more expensive.

Distant – Near

– Stars are distant from our galaxy.

– She told the children not to go near the canal.

Modern – Ancient

– They are the youngest children in modern times to face murder charges.

– So according to history it has been found from the most ancient times, and so it is to our own day.

Delicious – Awful

– The pear is a delicious fruit and I like it very much.

– There’s an awful smell in here.

Wide – Narrow

– The boat was nearly as wide as the canal.

– This is a long narrow road.

Talkative – Taciturn

– He’s a talkative guy, and I struck up a conversation with him.

– He’s a reserved, taciturn person.

Healthy – Sick

– I’ve always been perfectly healthy until now.

– Maria can’t come in today because she’s sick.

Careful – Careless

– Could you be more careful in future?

– He was very careless in his work

Pessimistic – Optimistic

– He remains deeply pessimistic about the peace process.

– Bankers are cautiously optimistic about the country’s economic future.

Tidy – Messy

– His clothes were always tidy and clean.

– The place is so messy, I haven’t had time to clear up.

Patient – Impatient

– You’ll just have to be patient and wait till I’m off the phone.

– We are growing impatient with the lack of results.

Friendly – Unfriendly

– She has such a kind, friendly personality.

– She was really unfriendly to me.

Cold – Hot

– Let’s get in out of this cold wind.

– In dry gourds, they were served a hot tea made from the ground leaves of something Bordeaux called the lip fern.

Dishonest – Honest

– The dishonest manager was cashiered at last.

– He is wise that is honest.

Happy – Unhappy

– He alone is happy who commands his passions.

– I hate to see you unhappy.

Selfish – Generous

– I call his behaviour mean and selfish.

– He is very generous — he often buys things for other people.

Opposite Adjectives in English

List of Opposite Adjectives in English | Opposites of Adjectives

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