Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Adjective: inferior  in'feer-ee-u(r)
  1. Of or characteristic of low rank or importance
     
  2. Of low or inferior quality
     
  3. (printing) written or printed below the line
    - subscript
     
  4. (astronomy) having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit
    "Mercury and Venus are inferior planets"
     
  5. (anatomy) lower than a given reference point
    "inferior alveolar artery"
     
  6. Falling short of some prescribed norm
    "inferior housing";
    - deficient, substandard
Noun: inferior  in'feer-ee-u(r)
  1. One of lesser rank, station or quality
     
  2. A character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
    - subscript

Derived forms: inferiors

See also: bad, base, bottom, bum [informal], bush, bush-league, caliber [US], calibre [Brit, Cdn], cheap, cheapjack [N. Amer, informal], cheesy [informal], chintzy [N. Amer, informal], coarse, coarsened, commercial, commercial-grade, common, crumby [informal], crummy [informal], deplorable, execrable, humble, indifferent, less, low, low-grade, low-level, lowly, mediocre, middle-level, miserable, modest, nonstandard, outclassed, punk [N. Amer, informal], quality, ropey [Brit, informal], ropy [Brit, informal], scrawny, scrubby, second-class, second-rate, shoddy, shonky [Austral, NZ, informal], sleazy [archaic], small, stunted, subordinate, subsidiary, tacky [informal], tawdry, third-rate, tinny [archaic], utility, utility-grade, woeful, worst, wretched

Type of: acolyte, character, follower, graph, grapheme, graphic symbol

Antonym: superior

Encyclopedia: Inferior