50 Formal and Informal Words List

50 Formal and Informal Words List! The use of Standard English, more complicated sentence structures, uncommon use of personal pronouns, and the absence of colloquial or slang words characterize formal language. Colloquialisms, contractions, and first-person pronouns like ‘I’ or ‘We’ are not used informal language.

Informal speech is more relaxed and spontaneous. It is utilized in writing or in conversation while talking with friends or family. Nonstandard English forms, colloquial terminology, and often shorter sentence patterns are allowed in informal language.

Formal and Informal Words in English

Informal words Formal words
get in touch with contact
It’s about It concerns
need to required
Sorry apologies
find out ascertain
let permit
look at examine
buy purchase
make up fabricate
ring up call
point out indicate
rack up accumulate
stand for represent
think about consider
get obtain
keep retain
put off delay
seem appear
free release
show illustrate
start commence
leave out omit
put up tolerate
set up establish
show up arrive

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Here is the list of common formal and informal words:

  • Afraid –>  Fearful
  • Afraid –> Fearful
  • At first –>  Initially
  • At once –>  Immediately
  • Blow up –>  Explode
  • Brave –>  Courageous
  • Break off –>  Suspend/adjourn
  • Bring in –>  Introduce
  • Build –>  Construct
  • Catch up –>  Understand
  • Check –>  Verify
  • Come up to –>  Reach/attain
  • Danger –>  Peril
  • Dirty/ polluted –>  Contaminated
  • Free –>  Release
  • Give –>  Donate
  • Good looking –>  Attractive
  • Happy –>  Pleased
  • Hungry –>  Famished
  • Kids –>  Children
  • Let –>  Permit
  • Look like –>  Resemble
  • Make up –>  Fabricate
  • Point out –>  Indicate
  • Rich –>  Wealthy
  • Seem –>  Appear
  • Speed up –>  Accelerate
  • Thanks –>  Gratitude
  • Tough –>  Difficult
  • Try –>  Endeavour
  • A Bit –> A Little
  • Ask –>  Enquire
  • Avoid –> Evade
  • Call off –>  Cancel
  • Call on –>  Visit
  • Can –>  Is capable of
  • Childish –>  Infantile
  • Complex –>  Convoluted
  • Dim –>  Indistinct
  • Eager –>  Avid
  • Enough –>  Sufficient
  • Fight –>  Combat
  • Get out –>  Escape
  • Give –>  Provide
  • Go ahead –>  Proceed
  • Go on –>  Continue
  • Lively –>  Energetic
  • Look into –>  Investigate
  • Make out –>  Discern
  • Need –>  Require
  • Right –>  Correct
  • Say sorry –>  Apologies
  • See –>  Observe
  • Sick –>  Ill
  • So –>  Therefore
  • Take out –>  Remove
  • Think of –>  Conceive
  • Throw out –>  Eject
  • Tired –>  Exhausted/ Fatigued
  • Want/ hope –>  Desire
  • Wrong –>  Incorrect
  • Again & Again –> Repeatedly
  • Bad –>  Negative
  • Better –> Improved
  • Big/Large –>  Enormous
  • Boss –>  Employer
  • Break out –>  Erupt
  • But –>  However
  • Come after –>  Follow
  • Come in –>  Enter
  • Describe –>  Depict
  • Fall out –>  Quarrel
  • Get –>  Obtain
  • Get by –>  Survive
  • Go down –>  Decrease
  • Good –>  Positive
  • Hit out at –>  Criticise
  • Keep –>  Preserve
  • Laid back –>  Relaxed
  • Lead to –>  Cause
  • Let –>  Allow
  • Mainly –>  Principally
  • Naked –>  Nude
  • Need –>  Request
  • Pick up –>  Collect
  • Really big –>  Considerable
  • Set out –>  Display
  • Throw away –>  Discard
  • Try out –>  Test
  • Use –>  Utilize
  • Wait for –>  Await
  • Again & again –>  Repeatedly
  • Also –>  In addition, additionally
  • At First –> Initially
  • Break down –>  Fail/Collapse
  • Childish –>  Immature
  • Climb –>  Ascend
  • Deal with –>  Handle
  • Find out –>  Learn/Discover
  • Free –>  Liberate
  • Get –>  Receive
  • Give up –>  Quit
  • Good for –>  Beneficial
  • Hurry –>  Haste, hasten
  • In the end –>  Finally
  • Iron out –>  Solve/overcome
  • Job –>  Occupation
  • Look for –>  Seek
  • Mad –>  Insane
  • Make up –>  Invent
  • Mend –>  Repair
  • Okay, ok –>  Acceptable
  • Pin down –>  Determine
  • Put off –>  Postpone
  • Refer to –>  Consult
  • Remove –>  Eliminate
  • Settle for –>  Choose
  • Sight –>  Vision
  • Small –>  Diminutive
  • Sweat –>  Perspiration
  • Test –>  Experiment
  • Anyways –>  Nevertheless
  • Ask –> Enquire
  • Away –>  Absent
  • Block –>  Undermine
  • Book –>  Reserve
  • Cheap –>  Inexpensive
  • Dare –>  Challenge
  • Death –>  Demise
  • Empty –>  Vacant
  • End –>  Terminate/ Finish
  • Enjoyment –>  Gratification
  • Expect –>  Anticipate
  • Give out –>  Distribute
  • Go –>  Depart
  • Go against –>  Oppose
  • Go away –>  Leave/ depart
  • Go before –>  Precede
  • Go through –>  Examine
  • Live –>  Reside
  • Look up to –>  Respect
  • Over –>  At an end
  • Put in –>  Insert
  • Say –>  Express
  • Say no –>  Reject
  • See –>  Perceive
  • Show –>  Demonstrate
  • Stubborn –>  Obstinate
  • Talk into –>  Persuade
  • Think about –>  Consider
  • Whole –>  Entire/Complete
  • Ask For –> Request
  • Beat up –>  Assault
  • Bright/smart –>  Intelligent
  • By –>  By means of
  • Choose –>  Select
  • Dad –>  Father
  • Deal with –>  Manage
  • Ease –>  Facilitate
  • Explain –>  Disclose
  • Funny –>  Humorous, amusing
  • Get away –>  Elude
  • Help –>  Aid/ Assist
  • Help –>  Assist
  • Here –>  Present
  • Hopeless –>  Futile
  • Hurt –>  Damage, harm
  • Idea –>  Notion
  • Imagine –>  Envisage
  • Kidding –>  Jesting
  • Look at –>  Regard
  • Lucky –>  Fortunate
  • Marvelous –>  Exceptional
  • Maybe –>  Perhaps
  • Next/later –>  Subsequently
  • Older –>  Senior
  • Put/ set down –>  Deposit
  • Round –>  Circular
  • Tell –>  Inform
  • Wood –>  Timber
  • Young –>  Youthful
  • A bit –>  A little
  • A lot of –>  Numerous
  • Also In –> Addition,
  • Ask for –>  Request
  • Ask out –>  Invite
  • Avoid –>  Evade
  • Avoid –> Evade
  • Buy –>  Purchase
  • Chance –>  Opportunity
  • Clear –>  Transparent
  • Clothes –>  Garment
  • Drop out of –>  Withdraw (from)
  • End –>  Terminate
  • Fork out –>  Pay (money)
  • Friendly –>  Amiable
  • Go after –>  Pursue
  • Go out of –>  Exit
  • Go up –>  Increase
  • In charge of –>  Responsible
  • Lack –>  Deficiency
  • Leave out –>  Omit
  • Link up –>  Connect
  • Old –>  Elderly
  • Pay back –>  Repay
  • Put up with –>  Tolerate
  • Rack up –>  Accumulate
  • Start/ Begin –>  Commence
  • Stop –>  Cease
  • Talk about –>  Discuss/consider
  • Use/Eat –>  Consume
  • Worse –>  Inferior