English Thesaurus
(adjective) 
Definition
having a relatively small distance from base to top
She put it down on the low table.
Synonyms
small
She is small for her age.
,
little
We sat round a little table.
,
short
I'm tall and thin and he's short and fat.
,
stunted
low, stunted trees
,
squat
squat stone houses
,
fubsy (archaic, dialect)
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
situated at a relatively short distance above the ground, sea level, or the horizon
The sun was low in the sky.
Synonyms
low-lying
,
deep
a very deep individual
,
depressed
Manual pressure is applied to a depressed point on the body.
,
shallow
I think he is shallow, vain and untrustworthy.
,
subsided
,
sunken
Steps led down to the sunken bath.
,
ground-level
Opposites
(adjective) 
Definition
of less than usual amount, degree, quality, or cost
The low prices and friendly service made for a pleasant evening out.
Synonyms
inexpensive
a huge variety of good inexpensive restaurants
,
cheap
Smoke detectors are cheap and easy to put up.
People want good service at a cheap price.
,
reasonable
His fees were quite reasonable.
, ,
moderate
He was an easy-going man of very moderate views.
, ,
cut-price
a shop selling cut-price clothes
,
economical
It is more economical to wash a full load.
,
bargain-basement
(adjective) 
Definition
(of numbers) small
They are having to live on very low incomes.
Synonyms
meagre
a meagre 3% pay rise
,
little
He found himself getting angry over little things.
,
small
No detail was too small to escape her attention.
,
reduced
, , ,
trifling
The guests had each paid £250, no trifling sum.
,
insignificant
In 1949 it was still a small, insignificant city.
, ,
paltry
She had no interest in such paltry concerns.
,
measly (informal)
The average bathroom measures a measly 3.5 metres.
Opposites
(adjective) 
They criticised staff for the low standard of care.
Synonyms
inferior
These recordings are of inferior quality.
,
bad
Many old people are living in bad housing.
,
poor
The meal was very poor.
He was a poor actor.
,
inadequate
She felt quite painfully inadequate in the crisis.
,
pathetic
That's the most pathetic excuse I've ever heard.
, ,
unsatisfactory
The inspectors said a third of lessons were unsatisfactory.
,
mediocre
His university record was mediocre.
,
deficient
deficient landing systems
,
second-rate
another second-rate politician
,
shoddy
I'm normally quick to complain about shoddy service.
,
low-grade
undrinkable low-grade wine
,
puny
the puny resources at our disposal
,
substandard
a policy of clearing substandard housing
,
low-rent (informal, mainly US)
,
half-pie (New Zealand, informal)
,
bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang)
(adjective) 
Definition
unfavourable
I had an extremely low opinion of the tabloid newspapers.
Synonyms
unfavourable
First reactions have been distinctly unfavourable.
,
bad
You don't have to feel bad about relaxing.
,
poor
Mix in some planting compost to improve poor soil when you dig.
, ,
hostile
hostile to the idea of foreign intervention
,
inimical
a false morality that is inimical to human happiness
(adjective) 
People had very low expectations.
Synonyms
unambitious
,
small
a very small voice
,
limited
The shop has a very limited selection.
,
ordinary
The food here is cheap, but very ordinary.
,
modest
You don't get rich, but you can earn a modest living from it.
,
unexceptional
a pretty unexceptional bunch of players
(adjective) 
Definition
of or having a relatively low pitch
My voice was so low that I was mistaken for a man on the phone.
Synonyms
deep
His voice was deep and mellow.
,
rich
He spoke in that deep rich voice which made them all swoon.
,
bass
a bass guitar
,
resonant
He responded with a resonant laugh.
,
sonorous
`Doctor McKee?' the man called in an even, sonorous voice.
,
low-pitched
(adjective) 
Definition
with a hushed tone
Her voice was so low he had to strain to catch it.
Synonyms
quiet
A quiet murmur passed through the classroom.
,
soft
When he woke again he could hear soft music.
She spoke in a soft whisper.
,
gentle
The wind had dropped to a gentle breeze.
,
whispered
, ,
subdued
The conversation around them was resumed, but in subdued tones.
,
hushed
At first we spoke in hushed voices.
,
muffled
She heard a muffled cough behind her.
Opposites
10 (adjective) 
Definition
in a weakened physical or mental state
`I didn't ask for this job, you know,' he tells friends when he is low.
Synonyms
dejected
Everyone has days when they feel dejected or down.
,
down
The old man sounded really down.
,
blue
There's no earthly reason for me to feel so blue.
,
sad
The loss left me feeling sad and empty.
,
depressed
He seemed somewhat depressed.
,
unhappy
Her boss is horrible and she is desperately unhappy.
,
miserable
She went to bed, miserable and depressed.
,
fed up
I'm fed up and don't know what to do.
,
moody
Don't go all moody on me!
,
gloomy
He is gloomy about the fate of the economy.
,
dismal
You can't occupy yourself with dismal thoughts all the time.
,
forlorn
He looked a forlorn figure as he limped off.
,
glum
What are you both looking so glum about?
,
despondent
He often felt despondent after these meetings.
,
downcast
a glum, downcast expression
,
morose
She was morose, pale and reticent.
,
disheartened
He was disheartened by their hostile reaction.
,
downhearted
Don't be so downhearted.
,
down in the dumps (informal)
,
sick as a parrot (informal)
,
cheesed off (informal)
,
brassed off (British, slang)
Opposites
11 (adjective) 
Definition
having little value or quality
World stocks of wheat were getting very low.
Synonyms
scarce
Food was scarce and expensive.
,
diminished
,
inadequate
Supplies of food and medicine are inadequate.
,
insufficient
There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
, ,
scant
The hole was a scant 0.23 inches in diameter.
, ,
sparse
Many slopes are rock fields with sparse vegetation.
,
scanty
So far, what scanty evidence we have points to two subjects.
12 (adjective) 
Definition
coarse or vulgar
The film's low comedy is never unlikeable.
Synonyms
coarse
He wore a shepherd's tunic of coarse cloth.
a tablespoon of coarse sea salt
,
common
She might be a little common at times, but she was certainly not boring.
,
rough
He was rough and common.
,
gross
That's a disgusting thing to say – you're so gross!
,
crude
a crude sense of humour
,
rude
a rude barbarian
,
obscene
I'm no prude, but I think these photos are obscene.
,
disgraceful
I complained about his disgraceful behaviour.
,
vulgar
a TV show well known for its vulgar jokes
,
undignified
All this public outpouring is so undignified.
,
disreputable
the noisiest and most disreputable bars
, ,
unrefined
an unrefined boor
, ,
ill-bred
They seemed to her rather vulgar and ill-bred.
13 (adjective) 
Definition
unworthy or contemptible
That was a really low trick.
Synonyms
contemptible
Her husband is a contemptible little man.
It was an utterly contemptible thing to do.
,
mean
Upstaging the bride was a particularly mean trick.
,
base
Love has the power to overcome the baser emotions.
, ,
cowardly
I was too cowardly to complain.
,
degraded
morally degraded individuals
, ,
vile
a vile and despicable crime
,
sordid
He put his head in his hands as his sordid life was exposed.
,
abject
He sounded abject and eager to please.
,
unworthy
At the start of the film, the heroine is betrayed by an unworthy friend.
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despicable
He said it was a despicable crime.
,
depraved
It has been condemned as the most depraved film of its kind.
,
menial
low-paid menial jobs such as cleaning
,
reprehensible
behaving in the most reprehensible manner
,
dastardly (old-fashioned)
He described the killing as a dastardly act.
,
scurvy (old-fashioned)
It was a scurvy trick to play.
,
servile
He was subservient and servile.
,
unprincipled
the unprincipled behaviour of the prosecutor's office
,
dishonourable
He insisted he had done nothing dishonourable.
,
ignoble
an ignoble episode from their country's past
Opposites
14 (adjective) 
Definition
inferior in culture or status
a man of low birth and no breeding
Synonyms
lowly
He started out as a lowly photographer.
, ,
simple
It was a simple home.
,
plain
We are just plain people.
, ,
obscure
The hymn was written by an obscure Greek composer.
,
humble
He came from a fairly humble, poor background.
,
meek
He was a meek, mild-mannered fellow.
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unpretentious
The Tides Inn is both comfortable and unpretentious.
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plebeian
He had a cockney accent and an alarmingly plebeian manner.
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lowborn
15 (adjective) 
Definition
in a weakened physical or mental state
She's still feeling a bit low after having flu.
Synonyms
ill
He was seriously ill with pneumonia.
,
weak
I was too weak to move my arms and legs.
,
exhausted
She was too exhausted even to think clearly.
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frail
She lay in bed looking particularly frail.
, ,
reduced
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sinking
, ,
feeble
He was old and feeble.
,
debilitated
,
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
a low position, level, or degree
The dollar fell to a new low.
Synonyms
lowest level
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nadir
That period was the nadir of his presidency.
,
low point
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rock bottom

idioms

See lay someone low

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abject
Definition
lacking all self-respect
He sounded abject and eager to please.
in the sense of bad
Definition
not good
Many old people are living in bad housing.
Synonyms
duff (British, informal),
low-rent (informal),
two-bit (slang),
crappy (slang),
end-of-the-pier (British, informal),
poxy (slang),
dime-a-dozen (informal),
piss-poor (slang),
bush-league (Australian, New Zealand, informal),
tinhorn (US, slang),
half-pie (New Zealand, informal),
bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang),
strictly for the birds (informal)
in the sense of bad
Definition
sorry or upset
You don't have to feel bad about relaxing.
(noun) 
Definition
the sound uttered by cattle
Synonyms
mooing
,
lowing
, ,
bellowing
,
moo
(verb) 
Definition
to make a mooing sound
Cattle were lowing in the barns.
Synonyms
moo
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