List of Chinese Opposite Words

Posted by Lilian Li on 20/03/2016 8:05 PM 2022

chinese opposite words

Many people say that it’s difficult to remember Chinese characters, well, that’s not true, it depends how you remember it. It is much easier and faster to learn and memorize antonym together than irrelevant words, thus we collected the Chinese opposite words for you.

Common Used Chinese Opposite Word List in Daily Life:

  • 大(dà) - 小(xiǎo) = Big - Small
  • 热(rè) – 冷(lěng) = Hot – Cold
  • 高(gāo) – 矮(ǎi) = Tall – Short
  • 年轻(nián qīng) – 老(lǎo) = Young - Old
  • 便宜(pián yi) – 贵(guì) = Cheap - Expensive
  • 早(zǎo) – 迟(chí) = Early - Late
  • 干净(gàn jìng) – 脏(zāng) = Clean - Dirty
  • 深(shēn) – 浅(qiǎn) = Deep - Shallow
  • 向下(xiàng xià) – 向上(xiàng shàng) = Down - Up
  • 易(yì) – 难(nán) = Easy - Difficult
  • 远(yuǎn) – 近(jìn) = Far - Close
  • 快(kuài) – 慢(màn) = Fast - Slow
  • 肥(féi) – 瘦(shòu) = Fat - Thin
  • 满(mǎn) – 空(kōng) = Full - Empty
  • 好(hǎo) – 坏(huài) = Good - Bad
  • 开心(kāi xīn) – 难过(nán guò) = Happy - Sad
  • 重(zhòng) – 轻(qīng) = Heavy - Light
  • 这(zhè) – 那(nà) = Here – There
  • 高(gāo) – 低(dī) = High - Low
  • 热(rè) – 冷(lěng) = Hot - Cold
  • 里(lǐ) – 外(wài) = In - Out
  • 有趣的(yǒu qù de) – 无聊的(wú liáo de) = Interesting - Boring
  • 亮(liàng) – 暗(àn) = Light - Dark
  • 长(cháng) – 短(duǎn) = Long - Short
  • 多(duō) – 少(shǎo) = Many - Few
  • 新(xīn) – 旧(jiù) = New - Old
  • 富有(fù yǒu) – 贫穷(pín qióng) = Rich - Poor
  • 右(yòu) – 左(zuǒ) = Right - Left
  • 对(duì) – 错(cuò) = Right - Wrong
  • 安全(ān quán) – 危险(wēi xiǎn) = Safe - Dangerous
  • 单身(dān shēn) – 已婚(yǐ hūn) = Single - Married
  • 光滑(guāng huá) – 粗糙(cū cāo) = Smooth - Rough
  • 软(ruǎn) – 硬(yìng) = Soft - Hard
  • 强壮(qiáng zhuàng) – 薄弱(bó ruò) = Strong - Weak
  • 厚(hòu) – 薄(báo) = Thick - Thin
  • 紧(jǐn) – 松(sōng) = Tight - Loose
  • 湿(shī) – 干(gān) = Wet - Dry
  • 宽阔(kuān kuò) – 狭窄(xiá zhǎi) = Wide - Narrow
  • 活着的(huó zhe de) – 死亡的(sǐ wáng de) = Alive - Dead
  • 经常(jīng cháng) – 从不(cóng bú) = Always – Never
  • 古代(gǔ dài) – 现代(xiàn dài) = Ancient - Modern
  • 承认(chéng rèn) – 否认(fǒu rèn) = Admit – Deny
  • 到达(dào dá) – 离开(lí kāi) = Arrival – Departure
  • 美丽(měi lì) – 丑陋(chǒu lòu) = Beautiful – Ugly
  • 开始(kāi shǐ) – 结束(jié shù) = Beginning – Ending
  • 钝的(dùn de) – 锋利的(fēng lì de) = Blunt – Sharp
  • 责备(zé bèi) – 赞扬(zàn yán) = Blame – Praise
  • 勇敢(yǒng gǎn) – 胆小(dǎn xiǎo) = Bravery – Cowardice
  • 聪明(cōng míng) – 愚蠢(yú chǔn) = Clever – Stupid
  • 常见(cháng jiàn) – 罕见(hǎn jiàn) = Common- Rare
  • 消失(xiāo shī) – 出现(chū xiàn) = Disappear – Appear
  • 失败(shī bài) – 成功(chéng gōng) = Fail – Succeed
  • 包含(bāo hán) – 排除(pái chú) = Include – Exclude
  • 笑(xiào) – 哭(kū) = Laugh – Cry
  • 懒(lǎn) – 勤奋的(qín fèn de) = Lazy – Industrious
  • 领导(lǐng dǎo) – 追随者(zhuī suí zhě) = Leader – Follower
  • 疯狂的(fēng kuáng de) – 理智的(lí zhí de) = Mad – Sane
  • 嘈杂的(cáo zá de) – 安静的(ān jìng de) = Noisy – Quiet
  • 永久的(yǒng jiǔ de) – 暂时的(zàn shí de) = Permanent – Temporary

Put opposite words into a sentence can be much easier to remember, here are some examples:

他长得很,但是他哥哥却很
He is tall, but his brother is short.

的不去,的不来。
Be off with the old, on with the new.

哭笑不得。
Be able neither to cry nor to laugh.

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Lilian has a master’s degree in linguistics and didactics from Rennes University in France. An expert in linguistics and educational psychology, she has taught Chinese as a foreign language for several years, primarily in France. Her classes follow a logical and thorough path to ensure students build a methodology of learning that will continue to help them improve their language ability. She likes jogging, swimming, partying, and hang out with friends! Learn Chinese online with Lilian Li >>

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