Synonyms For 95 Commonly Used Words – A Mini-Thesaurus For Writers

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Synonyms for 95 Commonly Used Words in the English language

  • Amazing — incredible, unbelievable, improbable, fabulous, wonderful, fantastic, astonishing, astounding, extraordinary
  • Anger — enrage, infuriate, arouse, nettle, exasperate, inflame, madden
  • Angry — mad, furious, enraged, excited, wrathful, indignant, exasperated, aroused, inflamed
  • Answer — reply, respond, retort, acknowledge
  • Ask — question, inquire of, seek information from, put a question to, demand, request, expect, inquire, query, interrogate, examine, quiz
  • Awful — dreadful, terrible, abominable, bad, poor, unpleasant
  • Bad — evil, immoral, wicked, corrupt, sinful, depraved, rotten, contaminated, spoiled, tainted, harmful, injurious, unfavourable, defective, inferior, imperfect, substandard, faulty, improper, inappropriate, unsuitable, disagreeable, unpleasant, cross, nasty, unfriendly, irascible, horrible, atrocious, outrageous, scandalous, infamous, wrong, noxious, sinister, putrid, snide, deplorable, dismal, gross, heinous, nefarious, base, obnoxious, detestable, despicable, contemptible, foul, rank, ghastly, execrable
  • Beautiful — pretty, lovely, handsome, attractive, gorgeous, dazzling, splendid, magnificent, comely, fair, ravishing, graceful, elegant, fine, exquisite, aesthetic, pleasing, shapely, delicate, stunning, glorious, heavenly, resplendent, radiant, glowing, blooming, sparkling
  • Begin — start, open, launch, initiate, commence, inaugurate, originate
  • Big — enormous, huge, immense, gigantic, vast, colossal, gargantuan, large, sizeable, grand, great, tall, substantial, mammoth, astronomical, ample, broad, expansive, spacious, stout, tremendous, titanic, mountainous
  • Brave — courageous, fearless, dauntless, intrepid, plucky, daring, heroic, valorous, audacious, bold, gallant, valiant, doughty, mettlesome
  • Break — fracture, rupture, shatter, smash, wreck, crash, demolish, atomise
  • Bright — shining, shiny, gleaming, brilliant, sparkling, shimmering, radiant, vivid, colourful, lustrous, luminous, incandescent, intelligent, knowing, quick-witted, smart, intellectual
  • Calm — quiet, peaceful, still, tranquil, mild, serene, smooth, composed, collected, unruffled, level-headed, unexcited, detached, aloof
  • Come — approach, advance, near, arrive, reach
  • Cool — chilly, cold, frosty, wintry, icy, frigid
  • Crooked — bent, twisted, curved, hooked, zigzag
  • Cry — shout, yell, yowl, scream, roar, bellow, weep, wail, sob, bawl
  • Cut — gash, slash, prick, nick, sever, slice, carve, cleave, slit, chop, crop, lop, reduce
  • Dangerous — perilous, hazardous, risky, uncertain, unsafe
  • Dark — shadowy, unlit, murky, gloomy, dim, dusky, shaded, sunless, black, dismal, sad
  • Decide — determine, settle, choose, resolve
  • Definite — certain, sure, positive, determined, clear, distinct, obvious
  • Delicious — savoury, delectable, appetizing, luscious, scrumptious, palatable, delightful, enjoyable, toothsome, exquisite
  • Describe — portray, characterize, picture, narrate, relate, recount, represent, report, record
  • Destroy — ruin, demolish, raze, waste, kill, slay, end, extinguish
  • Difference — disagreement, inequity, contrast, dissimilarity, incompatibility
  • Do — execute, enact, carry out, finish, conclude, effect, accomplish, achieve, attain
  • Dull — boring, tiring„ tiresome, uninteresting, slow, dumb, stupid, unimaginative, lifeless, dead, insensible, tedious, wearisome, listless, expressionless, plain, monotonous, humdrum, dreary
  • Eager — keen, fervent, enthusiastic, involved, interested, alive to
  • End — stop, finish, terminate, conclude, close, halt, cessation, discontinuance
  • Enjoy — appreciate, delight in, be pleased, indulge in, luxuriate in, bask in, relish, devour, savour, like
  • Explain — elaborate, clarify, define, interpret, justify, account for
  • Fair — just, impartial, unbiased, objective, unprejudiced, honest
  • Fall — drop, descend, plunge, topple, tumble
  • False — fake, fraudulent, counterfeit, spurious, untrue, unfounded, erroneous, deceptive, groundless, fallacious
  • Famous — well-known, renowned, celebrated, famed, eminent, illustrious, distinguished, noted, notorious
  • Fast — quick, rapid, speedy, fleet, hasty, snappy, mercurial, swiftly, rapidly, quickly, snappily, speedily, lickety-split, post-haste, hastily, expeditiously, like a flash
  • Fat — stout, corpulent, fleshy, beefy, paunchy, plump, full, rotund, tubby, pudgy, chubby, chunky, burly, bulky, elephantine
  • Fear — fright, dread, terror, alarm, dismay, anxiety, scare, awe, horror, panic, apprehension
  • Fly — soar, hover, flit, wing, flee, waft, glide, coast, skim, sail, cruise
  • Funny — humorous, amusing, droll, comic, comical, laughable, silly
  • Get — acquire, obtain, secure, procure, gain, fetch, find, score, accumulate, win, earn, rep, catch, net, bag, derive, collect, gather, glean, pick up, accept, come by, regain, salvage
  • Go — recede, depart, fade, disappear, move, travel, proceed
  • Good — excellent, fine, superior, wonderful, marvellous, qualified, suited, suitable, apt, proper, capable, generous, kindly, friendly, gracious, obliging, pleasant, agreeable, pleasurable, satisfactory, well-behaved, obedient, honourable, reliable, trustworthy, safe, favourable, profitable, advantageous, righteous, expedient, helpful, valid, genuine, ample, salubrious, estimable, beneficial, splendid, great, noble, worthy, first-rate, top-notch, grand, sterling, superb, respectable, edifying
  • Great — noteworthy, worthy, distinguished, remarkable, grand, considerable, powerful, much, mighty
  • Gross — improper, rude, coarse, indecent, crude, vulgar, outrageous, extreme, grievous, shameful, uncouth, obscene, low
  • Happy — pleased, contented, satisfied, delighted, elated, joyful, cheerful, ecstatic, jubilant, gay, tickled, gratified, glad, blissful, overjoyed
  • Hate — despise, loathe, detest, abhor, disfavour, dislike, disapprove, abominate
  • Have — hold, possess, own, contain, acquire, gain, maintain, believe, bear, beget, occupy, absorb, fill, enjoy
  • Help — aid, assist, support, encourage, back, wait on, attend, serve, relieve, succour, benefit, befriend, abet
  • Hide — conceal, cover, mask, cloak, camouflage, screen, shroud, veil
  • Hurry — rush, run, speed, race, hasten, urge, accelerate, bustle
  • Hurt — damage, harm, injure, wound, distress, afflict, pain
  • Idea — thought, concept, conception, notion, understanding, opinion, plan, view, belief
  • Important — necessary, vital, critical, indispensable, valuable, essential, significant, primary, principal, considerable, famous, distinguished, notable, well-known
  • Interesting — fascinating, engaging, sharp, keen, bright, intelligent, animated, spirited, attractive, inviting, intriguing, provocative, though-provoking, challenging, inspiring, involving, moving, titillating, tantalising, exciting, entertaining, piquant, lively, racy, spicy, engrossing, absorbing, consuming, gripping, arresting, enthralling, spellbinding, curious, captivating, enchanting, bewitching, appealing
  • Keep — hold, retain, withhold, preserve, maintain, sustain, support
  • Kill — slay, execute, assassinate, murder, destroy, cancel, abolish
  • Lazy — indolent, slothful, idle, inactive, sluggish
  • Little — tiny, small, diminutive, shrimp, runt, miniature, puny, exiguous, dinky, cramped, limited, itsy-bitsy, microscopic, slight, petite, minute
  • Look — gaze, see, glance, watch, survey, study, seek, search for, peek, peep, glimpse, stare, contemplate, examine, gape, ogle, scrutinise, inspect, leer, behold, observe, view, witness, perceive, spy, sight, discover, notice, recognise, peer, eye, gawk, peruse, explore
  • Love — like, admire, esteem, fancy, care for, cherish, adore, treasure, worship, appreciate, savour
  • Make — create, originate, invent, beget, form, construct, design, fabricate, manufacture, produce, build, develop, do, effect, execute, compose, perform, accomplish, earn, gain, obtain, acquire, get
  • Mark — label, tag, price, ticket, impress, effect, trace, imprint, stamp, brand, sign, note, heed, notice, designate
  • Mischievous — prankish, playful, naughty, roguish, waggish, impish, sportive
  • Move — plod, go, creep, crawl, inch, poke, drag, toddle, shuffle, trot, dawdle, walk, traipse, mosey, jog, plug, trudge, slump, lumber, trail, lag, run, sprint, trip, bound, hotfoot, high-tail, streak, stride, tear, breeze, whisk, rush, dash, dart, bolt, fling, scamper, scurry, skedaddle, scoot, scuttle, scramble, race, chase, hasten, hurry, hump, gallop, lope, accelerate, stir, budge, travel, wander, roam, journey, trek, ride, spin, slip, glide, slide, slither, coast, flow, sail, saunter, hobble, amble, stagger, paddle, slouch, prance, straggle, meander, perambulate, waddle, wobble, pace, swagger, promenade, lunge
  • Moody — temperamental, changeable, short-tempered, glum, morose, sullen, modish, irritable, testy, peevish, fretful, spiteful, sulky, touchy
  • Neat — clean, orderly, tidy, trim, dapper, natty, smart, elegant, well-organized, super, desirable, spruce, shipshape, well-kept, shapely
  • New — fresh, unique, original, unusual, novel, modern, current, recent
  • Old — feeble, frail, ancient, weak, aged, used, worn, dilapidated, ragged, faded, broken-down, former, old-fashioned, outmoded, passé, veteran, mature, venerable, primitive, traditional, archaic, conventional, customary, stale, musty, obsolete, extinct
  • Part — portion, share, piece, allotment, section, fraction, fragment
  • Place — space, area, spot, plot, region, location, situation, position, residence, dwelling, set, site, station, status, state
  • Plan — plot, scheme, design, draw, map, diagram, procedure, arrangement, intention, device, contrivance, method, way, blueprint
  • Popular — well-liked, approved, accepted, favourite, celebrated, common, current
  • Predicament — quandary, dilemma, pickle, problem, plight, spot, scrape, jam
  • Put — place, set, attach, establish, assign, keep, save, set aside, effect, achieve, do, build
  • Quiet — silent, still, soundless, mute, tranquil, peaceful, calm, restful
  • Right — correct, accurate, factual, true, good, just, honest, upright, lawful, moral, proper, suitable, apt, legal, fair
  • Run — race, speed, hurry, hasten, sprint, dash, rush, escape, elope, flee
  • Scared — afraid, frightened, alarmed, terrified, panicked, fearful, unnerved, insecure, timid, shy, skittish, jumpy, disquieted, worried, vexed, troubled, disturbed, horrified, terrorised, shocked, petrified, haunted, timorous, shrinking, tremulous, stupefied, paralyzed, stunned, apprehensive
  • Show — display, exhibit, present, note, point to, indicate, explain, reveal, prove, demonstrate, expose
  • Slow — unhurried, gradual, leisurely, late, behind, tedious, slack
  • Stop — cease, halt, stay, pause, discontinue, conclude, end, finish, quit
  • Story — tale, myth, legend, fable, yarn, account, narrative, chronicle, epic, sage, anecdote, record, memoir
  • Strange — odd, peculiar, unusual, unfamiliar, uncommon, queer, weird, outlandish, curious, unique, exclusive, irregular
  • Take — hold, catch, seize, grasp, win, capture, acquire, pick, choose, select, prefer, remove, steal, lift, rob, engage, bewitch, purchase, buy, retract, recall, assume, occupy, consume
  • Tell — disclose, reveal, show, expose, uncover, relate, narrate, inform, advise, explain, divulge, declare, command, order, bid, recount, repeat
  • Think — judge, deem, assume, believe, consider, contemplate, reflect, mediate
  • Trouble — distress, anguish, anxiety, worry, wretchedness, pain, danger, peril, disaster, grief, misfortune, difficulty, concern, pains, inconvenience, exertion, effort
  • True — accurate, right, proper, precise, exact, valid, genuine, real, actual, trusty, steady, loyal, dependable, sincere, staunch
  • Ugly — hideous, frightful, frightening, shocking, horrible, unpleasant, monstrous, terrifying, gross, grisly, ghastly, horrid, unsightly, plain, homely, evil, repulsive, repugnant, gruesome
  • Unhappy — miserable, uncomfortable, wretched, heart-broken, unfortunate, poor, downhearted, sorrowful, depressed, dejected, melancholy, glum, gloomy, dismal, discouraged, sad
  • Use — employ, utilise, exhaust, spend, expend, consume, exercise
  • Wrong — incorrect, inaccurate, mistaken, erroneous, improper, unsuitable

This article has 28 comments

  1. olumide abayomi

    very educative

  2. DM Carroll

    I love this list. I find the use of a thesaurus both helpful and a hindrance, but it is a necessity at times.

  3. Moira Cairns

    I especially liked the list for “move”. Maybe “like” could be added to the list?

  4. Julia

    Can you add “awesome”? Now there’s an overused word.

  5. Rob

    Hang on, how is improbable an alternative to amazing…?
    Or arouse an alternative to anger? Not to mention arouse is an adjective and anger is a noun…
    Angry -> excited?
    That’s as far as I read. Someone must have been really confused reading some books….

  6. Heather Whipp

    Thanks for the list. I have a thesaurus on my computer which my husband found. The one above is for the basic words that pop up all the time and I appreciate being given the list.

  7. Jon Claerbout

    move? You left one out. In reflection seismology a synonym is migrate.

  8. Anamika

    This is an awesome list. Great work!

  9. Emily

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  14. Kelli

    I live by my thesaurus and this one is really handy!

  15. ElminaKenly

    Such an great list to write something which is simple and catchy to eyes. As a writer it would be helps a great deal to make my writing meaningful and understandable to others. Thats stuff is seriously an applauded work by author.

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  18. korean child

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  19. Kam

    Thank you so much for posting this. I am constantly trying to expand my every day vocabulary. These words are simple enough for daily use, yet not the average choice for most. Love it.

  20. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate it.

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  22. Beth McKenna

    Generally useful list, but it ignores some important distinctions. “Notorious” is not a synonym for famous; it refers to fame as ignominy. You can write about notorious bank robbers, notorious swindlers, even notorious celebrities when their reputations have been muddied. But you would, in contrast, call, Adele a notorious singer. Nonetheless, I found most of the list helpful for everyday words.

  23. Beth McKenna

    Oops. I meant to say that you would NOT call Adele a notorious singer. Sorry for the word lapse.

  24. Vishal Shah

    Wow, Its so lovely post, So many vocabularies to know into the knowledge.

  25. DarkForestCrow

    Very useful. Thank you!

  26. Miranda

    good post

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