10 English common words synonyms with meaning

Using English common words synonyms in our conversations, isn’t about being fancy, it’s about being a better communicator. It shows you have a bigger toolbox and can express yourself perfectly, whether it’s a casual text or a school essay. These aren’t just fancy words to show off (though that can be cool too).

Imagine your favorite song, but every word is “said.” Kinda boring, right? Synonyms are like different instruments adding flavor. “Shouted,” “whispered,” “murmured” – they all mean “said” but create a way more interesting picture.

Not all simple words are the same. “Sad” is different from “disappointed” or “heartbroken.” The right synonym lets you express exactly how you feel, just like using the right tool for the job. You wouldn’t use a hammer to fix a watch, would you?

Think of synonyms like having more paint colors. You can describe a sunset as “red” or you can use “crimson,” “scarlet,” or “ruby.” The more options you have, the clearer and cooler your message becomes. That’s why it’s really important to improve English vocabulary and try to expand our vocabulary.

 

Pay attention to this conversation

 

🟣 Why so sad?

🟢 All my friends speak very good English. My English is always… bad.

🟣 What do you mean?

🟢 they use nice … words. My word choice is very… bad

🟣 Hmm… Let’s see… aha! How’s the weather today?

🟢 It’s … bad!

🟣Aha… what do you think about Marvel movies?

🟢They were good until end game! They are bad now…

🟣Aha, aha… How about Chelsea, the football team

🟢Oh Chelsea is bad… (I say “bad” a lot)

🟣Exactly! You need to learn some synonyms for some overused English words

🟢Really? Like what?

🟣 Let me show you…

 

English common words synonyms list

 

English common words synonyms : Good synonyms

Example: “The movie was good.” It’s a good book”

 Alternatives:

        ✅ Great (better than good): “The movie was great.”

        ✅ Pleasant (enjoyable): “The weather today is pleasant.”

        ✅ Superb (better than great): “He is a superb dancer.”

        ✅ Terrific: Extremely good; excellent. “The party was a terrific success; everyone had a great time.”

        ✅ Excellent: Of the highest quality; outstanding. “She received an excellent grade on her exam; she had studied diligently for weeks.”

                         Warning: Learning synonyms are good. BUT… You cannot use any synonym of a word, anywhere you like! Let me give you an example:
He’s a good guy.      The show was good / great / pleasant / superb
He’s a great guy
He’s a superb guy
He’s a pleasant guy

 

Bad synonyms

Example: “That was a bad idea.”

Alternatives:

        ✅ Awful (very bad): “The weather today is awful.”

        ✅ Terrible (very bad): “That was a terrible mistake.”

        ✅ Horrible (very very bad): “It was a horrible experience.”

 

Very synonyms

The other word that is in the list of  English common words synonyms is the word “very” that has the following alternatives:

Example: “She is very smart.”

 Alternatives:

      ✅ Extremely (to a great degree): “She is extremely dedicated.”

      ✅ Incredibly (to an extraordinary degree): “He is incredibly talented.”

      ✅ Remarkably (noticeably, to a striking degree): “The view was remarkably beautiful.”

 

English common words synonyms : Interesting synonyms

Example: “That book is interesting.”

Alternatives:

    ✅ Fascinating (extremely interesting): “Space exploration is fascinating.”

    ✅ Captivating(attracting and holding interest): “The story was captivating.”

    ✅ Engaging (charming and attractive): “The lecture was engaging.”

 

Read more: A complete list of another word for change in English

 

Nice synonyms

Example: “She has a nice smile.”

Alternatives:

     ✅ Lovely (exquisitely beautiful): “It’s a lovely day.”

     ✅Charming (pleasantly attractive): “He has a charming personality.”

     ✅Delightful (causing delight): “The play was delightful.”

 

“Last weekend, I watched a movie. It was very interesting. The actors were very good, but the plot was a bit bad. The soundtrack, however, was very nice. Overall, it was a good experience.”

 

“Last weekend, I watched a movie. It was absolutely captivating. The actors were superb, although the plot was somewhat terrible. The soundtrack, on the other hand, was delightful. All in all, it was a great experience.”

 

Happy synonyms

Example: “I feel happy today.”

 Alternatives:

    ✅ Joyful  (feeling great happiness): “The news made her joyful.”

    ✅Elated (extremely happy): “He was elated by the success.”

    ✅Ecstatic (overwhelmed with happiness): “She was ecstatic about her new job.”

 

Sad synonyms

Example: “I feel sad today.”

Alternatives:

   ✅ Upset  (unhappy or worried): “She was upset about the news.”

   ✅ Gloomy (unhappy and without hope): “He felt gloomy all day.”

   ✅ Heartbroken (suffering from great sorrow): “She was heartbroken by the news.”

 

Read more: Let’s learn about but synonyms (but in other words)

 

English common words synonyms: Big synonyms

Example: “It’s a big house.”

Alternatives:

    ✅ Huge (extremely large): “They live in a huge mansion.”

    ✅ Massive (large and heavy or solid): “That’s a massive building.”

    ✅ Gigantic (very large): “They saw a gigantic ship at the harbor.”

 

Small synonyms

Example: “She has a small car.”

Alternatives:

    ✅ Tiny (very small): “She wore a tiny ring.”

    ✅ Petite (small and slender for women): “She has a petite figure.”

    ✅ Compact (neatly packed into a small size): “He drives a compact car, perfect for the city.”

 

Again, context matters!
It’s a tiny apartment, but not petite!
She’s a petite, but not compact!

 

Like (as a filler)

Definition: Used to fill pauses during conversation.

Example: “I was, like, very tired.”

Alternatives:

      ✅ Um (to pause or hesitate): “I will, um, meet you at 5.”

      ✅ You know (another common filler): “We could go to the beach, you know, if it’s sunny.”

      ✅ (No filler): It’s often better to pause without a filler word: “I was very tired.”

 

Amazing

Alternatives:

    ✅ Astonishing: Causing great surprise or wonder.

Example: The magician’s tricks were astonishing; they left the audience in awe.

    ✅ Phenomenal: Remarkable; exceeding ordinary expectations.

Example: The success of the new product launch was phenomenal; sales doubled within the first month.

    ✅ Splendid: Magnificent; very impressive.

Example: The view from the mountaintop was splendid; it stretched for miles in every direction.

English common words synonyms (boring)

    ✅ Tedious: Boring because of being long, monotonous, or repetitive.

Example: The repetitive nature of the task made it tedious; I struggled to stay focused.

    ✅ Monotonous: Lacking in variety; dull and tedious.

Example: The monotonous sound of the dripping faucet kept me awake all night.

    ✅ Drab: Dull or lacking in brightness; drearily dull.

Example: The office was painted in drab colors, which made it feel depressing to work in.

Difficult

    ✅ Challenging: Testing one’s abilities; demanding.

Example: The crossword puzzle was challenging; it took me hours to complete.

    ✅ Arduous: Involving or requiring strenuous effort; laborious.

Example: The climb to the summit was arduous, but the view from the top was worth it.

    ✅ Laborious: Requiring considerable effort and time.

Example: The process of compiling the report was laborious; it took several days to complete.

Calm

    ✅ Serene: Calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

 Example: The serene beauty of the sunrise over the ocean took my breath away.

    ✅ Placid: Not easily upset or excited; calm and peaceful.

Example: The lake was placid, reflecting the clear blue sky above.

    ✅ Composed: Calm and in control of one’s emotions.

Example: Despite the chaos around her, she remained composed and focused on finding a solution.

Quiet

      ✅ Tranquil: Free from disturbance; calm.

Example: The tranquil atmosphere of the countryside was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city.

      ✅ Serene: Peaceful and undisturbed; quiet and calm.

Example: The garden was a serene oasis in the middle of the bustling city.

      ✅ Placid: Not easily upset or excited; calm and peaceful.

Example: The small village was a placid retreat from the noise and chaos of the city

English common words synonyms (funny)

     ✅ Hilarious: Extremely amusing; causing loud laughter.

Example: The comedian’s jokes were so hilarious that the entire audience was rolling with laughter.

     ✅ Amusing: Entertaining and funny; causing a smile or a laugh.

Example: The children found the clown’s antics amusing and giggled uncontrollably.

     ✅ Comical: Causing laughter by being amusing or funny.

Example: The comedy show was filled with comical characters and witty one-liners.

 

Funny

     ✅ Speedy: Moving or capable of moving quickly.

Example: The speedy delivery service ensured that the package arrived on time.

     ✅ Rapid: Happening in a short time or at a fast pace.

Example: The rapid growth of the city led to increased traffic congestion.

     ✅ Quick: Moving or done with great speed; fast.

Example: She made a quick decision and acted on it before anyone else could respond.

Easy

    ✅ Straightforward: Simple and easy to understand or do.

Example: The instructions for assembling the furniture were straightforward and easy to follow.

    ✅ Effortless: Requiring no physical or mental effort; easy.

Example: With her years of experience, the task seemed effortless and was completed in no time.

    ✅ Simple: Not complicated or difficult to understand; easy.

Example: The recipe was simple, requiring only a few basic ingredients and minimal preparation.

English common words synonyms (beautiful)

    ✅ Gorgeous: Very beautiful or attractive.

Example: She wore a gorgeous gown that turned heads wherever she went.

    ✅ Stunning: Extremely impressive or attractive.

Example: The view from the mountaintop was stunning; it took my breath away.

    ✅ Exquisite: Extremely beautiful and, typically, delicate.

Example: The jewelry was exquisite; each piece was a work of art in its own right.

 

Compare these two paragraphs:

The view from the top of the mountain was amazing. However, the hike to reach that point was anything but boring. The terrain was incredibly difficult to navigate, with steep inclines and rocky paths. Despite the challenges, the experience was unexpectedly good. As we reached the summit, a sense of calm washed over us, the serene surroundings providing a moment of respite from the arduous journey.

The view from the top of the mountain was astonishing. However, the hike to reach that point was anything but tedious. The terrain was incredibly challenging to navigate, with steep inclines and rocky paths. Despite the challenges, the experience was unexpectedly terrific. As we reached the summit, a sense of serenity washed over us, the tranquil surroundings providing a moment of respite from the arduous journey.

 

Compare these two paragraphs:

The countryside was calm and quiet, with only the occasional sound of rustling leaves breaking the peaceful silence. Suddenly, a burst of laughter shattered the tranquil atmosphere as my friend told a funny joke. We decided to go for a drive, and the journey was surprisingly fast. The roads were clear, making the trip feel easy. Along the way, we passed by fields of beautiful flowers, their vibrant colors adding to the already amazing scenery.

The countryside was serene and placid, with only the occasional sound of rustling leaves breaking the tranquil silence. Suddenly, a burst of laughter shattered the peaceful atmosphere as my friend told an amusing joke. We decided to go for a drive, and the journey was surprisingly rapid. The roads were clear, making the trip feel effortless. Along the way, we passed by fields of gorgeous flowers, their vibrant colors adding to the already astonishing scenery.

 

Watch this video and review the synonyms mentioned in this lesson:

 

Let’s Review

Huh… What a ………(sad)…….. gloomy day!

Yeah… the weather is just ….. ( bad  )…… awful today

I hate this …… (small)….. tiny room

Yeah …. It makes me ….. (sad) ….. upset

I wish I could buy a ….. (big) ….. huge mansion

And that’s it

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