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