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common

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of common

  1. 1 often observed or encountered horse ranches are a common sight in that part of the state Synonyms of common common or garden [chiefly British], commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden-variety, household, ordinary, quotidian, routine, ubiquitous, usual Words Related to common normal, regular, standard; de rigueur, mandatory, obligatory; general, universal; ceaseless, constant, continual, continuous, incessant, unceasing; endemic, popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated Phrases a dime a dozen Near Antonyms of common aberrant, abnormal, irregular, unnatural; intermittent, occasional, sporadic Antonyms of common extraordinary, infrequent, rare, seldom, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual

  2. 2 being of the type that is encountered in the normal course of events just a common house cat but an extraordinary friend Synonyms of common average, ordinary, commonplace, cut-and-dried (also cut-and-dry), everyday, garden-variety, normal, prosaic, routine, run-of-the-mill, standard, standard-issue, unexceptional, unremarkable, usual, workadayWords Related to common regular, typical, unextraordinary; familiar, homely, plain, plain-Jane, popular, vulgar; natural; customary, wonted; insignificant, trivial, unimportant; frequent, habitual; expected, predictableNear Antonyms of common curious, funny, peculiar, quaint, queer; aberrant, anomalous, atypical, irregular, untypical; rare, recherché, scarce; fantastic (also fantastical), phenomenal; bizarre, far-out, Kafkaesque, outrageous, outré, wacky (also whacky), way-out, weird, wild; eccentric, idiosyncratic, kooky (also kookie), nonconformist, oddball, offbeat, unconventional, unorthodox; freak, freakish; conspicuous, notable, novel, outstanding, prominent, salient, signal, striking, unexampled, unprecedented; singular, unique, unparalleledAntonyms of common abnormal, exceptional, extraordinary, odd, out-of-the-way, strange, unusual

  3. 3 belonging or relating to the whole facts of common knowledge Synonyms of common across-the-board, blanket, broad-brush, general, generic, global, overall, universalWords Related to common all-embracing, broad, broad-gauge (or broad-gauged), broadscale, comprehensive, extensive, inclusionary, overarching, pervasive, sweeping, ubiquitous, wholesale, wide, widespread; aggregate, collective, complete, full, plenary; planetary, worldwideNear Antonyms of common component, constituent; cross-sectional, divisional, fragmentary, partial; local, localized, regional, sectionalAntonyms of common individual, particular

  4. 4 belonging to the class of people of low social or economic rank a man of wealth and privilege who mingled without pretense with the common folk Synonyms of common baseborn, ignoble, humble, inferior, low, lowborn, lower-class, low-life, lowly, lumpen, mean, plebeian, prole, proletarian, unwashed, vulgarWords Related to common bourgeois, middle-class; plain, poor, simple, working-class; déclassé, down-market, downscaleNear Antonyms of common eminent, illustrious, notable, prominentAntonyms of common aristocratic, blue-blooded, genteel, gentle, grand, great, high, highborn, highbred, lofty, noble, partrician, upper-class, upper-crust, wellborn

  5. 5 held by or applicable to a majority of the people a politician who works not for the special interests but for the common good Synonyms of common general, majority, overall, popular, prevailing, public, received, ruling, vulgarWords Related to common unanimous, universal; pop; everyday, familiar, household, usual, well-known; contemporary, current, present; dominant, predominant, preponderant; characteristic, typical; pandemic, pervasive, prevalent, rife, widespread; communal, sharedNear Antonyms of common rare, strange, unknown, unusual; distinctive, especial, idiosyncratic, peculiar, special, unique; individual, separate, singular; nonpublic, personal, privateAntonyms of common uncommon, unpopular

  6. 6 used or done by a number of people as a group used a common bathroom while at the campground Synonyms of common collaborative, combined, collective, communal, concerted, conjoint, conjunct, cooperative, joint, multiple, mutual, pooled, public, shared, unitedWords Related to common bilateral, consensual, reciprocal, symbiotic, synergic, synergistic, two-way; mass, popular; general, generic, universalNear Antonyms of common personal, private; independent, separate, several; esoteric, particular, special, specializedAntonyms of common exclusive, individual, one-man, one-sided, one-way, single, sole, solitary, unilateral

  7. 7 of average to below average quality has a common singing voice that's good enough for performing at those venues Synonyms of common mediocre, fair, indifferent, medium, middling, ordinary, passable, run-of-the-mill, run-of-the-mine (or run-of-mine), second-class, second-rate, so-soWords Related to common acceptable, adequate, all right, alright, decent, OK (or okay), reasonable, satisfactory, sufficient, sufficing, tolerable; moderate, modest; presentable, respectable; minimal, unexceptional; fine, good, niceNear Antonyms of common A1, capital, choice, classic, distinguished, excellent, exceptional, exquisite, fabulous, fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, grand, great, marvelous (or marvellous), matchless, maximum, nifty, number one (also No. 1), optimal, optimum, outstanding, par excellence, peerless, preeminent, prime, sensational, special, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supreme, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-notch; unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wanting

  8. 8 of low quality furniture of common workmanship that did not justify the high prices Synonyms of common bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, cheap, crappy [slang], cut-rate, el cheapo, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, mediocre, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock (or schlocky also shlock or shlocky), second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, terrible, trashy, trumpery, wretchedWords Related to common useless, valueless, worthless; indifferent, lackluster, second-class; brummagem, flashy, garish, gaudy, glitzy, kitsch, kitschy, meretricious, ostentatious, showy, splashy, swank (or swanky), tawdry; seedy, shabby, tacky; counterfeit, fake, phony (also phoney), sham; supercheap, ultracheapNear Antonyms of common elegant, handsome, tasteful; handcrafted, polished, refinedAntonyms of common excellent, fine, first-class, first-rate, good, high-grade, superior, top-notch

  9. 9 lacking in refinement or good taste embarrassed by the common manners of his new in-laws Synonyms of common coarse, crass, crude, gross, ill-bred, illiberal [archaic], incult, insensible, low, lowbred, lowbrow, raffish, rough, rough-hewn, roughneck, rude, rugged, tasteless, uncouth, uncultivated, uncultured, unpolished, unrefined, vulgarWords Related to common boorish, churlish, cloddish, clownish, loutish, ungentlemanly; clumsy, lubberly, lumpish, oafish; inconsiderate, indelicate, insensitive, thoughtless; countrified (also countryfied), provincial, rustic (also rustical), unsophisticated; graceless, inelegant, tacky; animallike, barbaric, barbarous, uncivilized; mannerless, unmannered, unmannerlyNear Antonyms of common aristocratic, courtly, patrician; elegant, graceful, restrained; considerate, gracious, sensitive, thoughtful; citified, sophisticated, urbaneAntonyms of common civilized, cultivated, cultured, genteel, polished, refined, smooth, tasteful, ultrarefined, well-bred

Synonym Discussion of common

common, ordinary, plain, familiar, popular, vulgar mean generally met with and not in any way special, strange, or unusual. common implies usual everyday quality or frequency of occurrence
    • a common error
    • lacked common honesty
and may additionally suggest inferiority or coarseness.
    • common manners
ordinary stresses conformance in quality or kind with the regular order of things.
    • an ordinary pleasant summer day
    • a very ordinary sort of man
plain is likely to suggest homely simplicity.
    • plain hard-working people
familiar stresses the fact of being generally known and easily recognized.
    • a familiar melody
popular applies to what is accepted by or prevalent among people in general sometimes in contrast to upper classes or special groups.
    • a writer of popular romances
vulgar, otherwise similar to popular, is likely to carry derogatory connotations (as of inferiority or coarseness).
    • souvenirs designed to appeal to the vulgar taste


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