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Synonyms for Common English Words

Do you ever feel like you’re using the same English words over and over again? That can be a common problem when you’re learning any new language

Luckily, there are a lot of different words you can use to express your ideas. If you’d like to add some interest to your vocabulary, try learning some English synonyms!

Below, we’ll go through some synonyms for 19 commonly used English words so you can start spicing up your vocabulary today!

1. Angry 

Synonyms: mad, furious, irate, fuming, infuriated, livid

She was livid when she learned that her roommate had stolen money from her.

2. Bad

Synonyms: disagreeable, unpleasant, awful, terrible, unacceptable, horrible

He came home early from his camping trip because of the horrible weather. 

3. Beautiful

Synonyms: pretty, lovely, dazzling, stunning, breathtaking, exquisite

We went sightseeing in the Rocky Mountains and the views were dazzling!

4. Big

Synonyms: huge, enormous, immense, tremendous, vast, gigantic

My brother has a hard time finding shoes that fit his enormous feet.

5. Boring

Synonyms: dull, tedious, monotonous, mundane, stale, uninteresting

I really don’t like my job. My manager always asks me to do the most tedious tasks.

6. Calm

Synonyms: peaceful, serene, tranquil, quiet, still, undisturbed

Today would be a really good day to go for a boat ride; the water is so tranquil. 

7. Delicious

Synonyms: appetizing, delectable, scrumptious, mouthwatering, tasty, savory

Let’s try that new coffee shop. I’ve heard they serve scrumptious cakes and pies.

8. Difficult

Synonyms: hard, strenuous, challenging, demanding, tough, troublesome

My sister has been doing some strenuous exercises lately because she wants to get stronger.

9. Enjoy 

Synonyms: like, love, be fond of, delight in, appreciate, take pleasure in

Sometimes it’s nice to go out with friends, but I really take pleasure in staying home and reading mystery books.

10. Fun

Synonyms: enjoyable, amusing, entertaining, pleasurable, lively, exciting

We went to a festival this weekend and danced to the music of a very lively band.

11. Good

Synonyms: excellent, great, satisfactory, positive, agreeable, pleasant

The fish tacos we had at the new restaurant were excellent!

12. Happy

Synonyms: pleased, satisfied, cheerful, delighted, content, glad

I’m delighted that you’re coming to visit me next month!

13. Hate

Synonyms: detest, despise, loathe, abhor, deplore

I love the taste of cilantro but my dad despises it.

14. Important

Synonyms: critical, crucial, essential, necessary, imperative, vital

It is crucial that all employees finish the safety training by the end of the week.

15. Interesting

Synonyms: fascinating, intriguing, compelling, stimulating, impressive, absorbing

I think being an astronaut would be the best job. Space travel is so fascinating!

16. Sad

Synonyms: unhappy, miserable, down, blue, sorrowful, melancholy

She always feels a little melancholy on dark, rainy days. 

17. Scared

Synonyms: frightened, afraid, terrified, fearful, worried, panicked

When we were young, my sister and I were terrified of monsters in our closet.

18. Small

Synonyms: tiny, little, miniature, diminutive, microscopic, minute

My best friend just moved into a tiny apartment—she can’t even fit a full-sized sofa in there!

19. Weird

Synonyms: strange, odd, peculiar, unusual, uncommon, abnormal

As she sat at the bus stop, she got a strange feeling that someone was watching her. 

Start expressing yourself better with synonyms

To be a successful English speaker, learning new words is essential. Start learning some synonyms today and you’ll build a more impressive vocabulary before you know it!

Andrea is a Gabby Academy coach and education technolgy writer based in Vancouver, Canada.