67 Opposites in Chinese | The Ultimate Guide

Opposites in Chinese | The Simple Chinese Opposite Words Dictionary

A great way to improve your Chinese vocabulary is to learn opposites in Chinese. If that is your goal then you’ve come to the right place!

Opposites in Chinese is 反义词 fǎn yì cí

We have packed this guide with 67 opposite words in Chinese with bonus flashcards!

Before we get started let’s learn our first bit of vocabulary, the word for Opposite itself!

对立面 duì lì miàn

When you’re done learning all the opposites, check out our:

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Opposite Words in Chinese

RichPoor
富有 fù yǒu贫穷 pín qióng
SickHealthy
生病 shēng bìng健康 jiàn kāng
BigSmall
大 dà小 xiǎo
FastSlow
快 kuài慢 màn
Rich vs Poor
Rich vs Poor

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HappySad
快乐 kuài lè伤心 shāngxīn
TogetherApart
一起 yī qǐ分开 fēn kāi
NoisyQuiet
吵 chǎo安静 ānjìng
TallShort
高 gāo矮 ǎi
Happy vs Sad
Happy vs Sad

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DeepShallow
深 shēn浅 qiǎn
YesNo
是 shì不 bù
FarNear
远 yuǎn近 jìn
LongShort
长 cháng短 duǎn
Deep vs Shallow
Deep vs Shallow
GoodBad
好 hǎo坏 huài
MarriedSingle
已婚 yǐ hūn单身 dān shēn
ForbidPermit
禁止 jìn zhǐ允许 yǔn xǔ
LeftRight
左边 zuǒ bian右边 yòu bian
Forbid vs Permit
Forbid vs Permit

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FirstLast
第一 dì yī最后 zuì hòu
ParadiseHell
天堂 tiān táng地狱 dì yù
BornDie
出生 chū shēng死亡 sǐ wáng
StrongWeak
壮 zhuàng弱 ruò
First vs Last - Opposites in Chinese
First vs Last

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Old (person)Young
老 lǎo年轻 nián qīng
Old (thing)New
旧 jiù新 xīn
HardSoft
硬 yìng软 ruǎn
HotCold
热 rè冷 lěng
Hot vs Cold - Opposites in Chinese
Hot vs Cold

Bonus Opposites in Chinese:

Fat 胖 pàng / Thin 瘦 shòu

Narrow 窄 zhǎi / Wide 宽 kuān

Brave 勇敢 yǒng gǎn / Coward 懦弱 nuò ruò

40 More Opposites in Chinese!

HardworkingLazy
勤劳 qín láo懒惰 lǎn duò
ProfessionalAmateur
业余 zhí yè职业 yè yú
OptimisticPessimistic
乐观 lè guān悲观 bēi guān
ObjectiveSubjective
客观 kè guān主观 zhǔ guān
BeautifulUgly
美 měi丑 chǒu
RealFake
实 shí虚 xū
BackFront
反 fǎn正 zhèng
EasyDifficult
容易 róng yì困难 kùn nán
Smooth Rough
光滑 guāng huá粗糙 cū cāo
WetDry
湿 shī干 gàn
LikeDislike
喜欢 xǐ huān讨厌 tǎo yàn
ElongateShorten
眼神 yǎn shén缩短 suō duǎn
To fixTo break
修理 xiū lǐ破坏 pò huài
Fall asleepWake up
入睡 rù shuì睡醒 shuì xǐng
Useful Useless
有益 yǒu yì无益 wúyì
PatientImpatient
耐心 nài xīn急切 jí qiè
CleanDirty
清洁 qīng jié肮脏 āng zāng
LightDark
光明 guāng míng黑暗 hēi’àn
FullEmpty
满 mǎn空 kōng
HeavyLight
重 zhòng轻 qīng
Straight Curved
直 zhí曲 qū
Sweet Sour
甜 tián苦 kǔ
True False
真 zhēn假 jiǎ
Thick Thin
厚 hòu薄 báo
A lot A few
多 duō少 shǎo
Day Night
白天 bái tiān夜里 yè lǐ
Evening Morning
晚上 wǎn shàng早晨 zǎo chén
Start Finish
开始 kāi shǐ结束 jié shù
Inside Outside
内 nèi外 wài
In front Behind
前 qián后 hòu
Under On
下 xià上 shàng
Open Close
开 kāi关 guān
Pull Push
拉 lā推 tuī
Enter Exit
进 ,入 jìn, rù出 chū
To laughTo cry
笑 xiào哭 kū
Public Private
公 gōng私 sī
Friend Enemy
朋友 péng yǒu敌人 dí rén
Cause Result
原因 yuán yīn结果 jié guǒ
On purpose By accident
故意 gù yì偶然 ǒu rán
Luck Bad luck
运气 yùn qì倒霉 dǎo méi

Opposites in Chinese – Quiz

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Noisy & Quiet

Light: 光明 (guāng míng)

Open: 开 (kāi)

Friend: 朋友 (péng yǒu)

Under: 下 (xià)

Heavy: 重 (zhòng)

Happy & Sad

Far & Near

Back: 反 (fǎn)

Beautiful & Ugly

First & Last

Tall & Short

Big & Small

Good & Bad

Like: 喜欢 (xǐ huān)

Pull: 拉 (lā)

Yes & No

Sick & Healthy

Long & Short

Strong & Weak

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Opposites in Chinese – FAQ’s

How do you say Opposites in Chinese?

Opposites in Chinese is 对立面 duì lì miàn.

How do you say Fat / Thin in Chinese?

Fat 胖 pàng / Thin 瘦 shòu.

How do you say Narrow / Wide in Chinese?

Narrow 窄 zhǎi / Wide 宽 kuān.

How do you say Brave / Coward in Chinese?

Brave 勇敢 yǒng gǎn / Coward 懦弱 nuò ruò.

Can I test my knowledge of the opposites in Chinese?

Yes, absolutely! Once you’ve study all of our opposites flashcard, try our NEW Opposites Quiz!

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