inferior

You might call something inferior if its quality isn't as good as another, comparable thing, like that kite that you can't get to fly no matter how fast you run back and forth while your friend's kite soars overhead.

Besides "lower in quality," another meaning of the adjective inferior is "lower in rank or status," the way a corporal is inferior to a general in the Army. The word inferior can also be used as a noun to mean "a person who is lower in rank or status," in which case you might say to your younger brother, "You are my inferior, therefore you should take out the trash."

Definitions of inferior
  1. adjective
    of or characteristic of low rank or importance
    Synonyms:
    low-level, subordinate
    lower in rank or importance
    low
    literal meanings; being at or having a relatively small elevation or upward extension
    low
    less than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    humble, low, lowly, modest, small
    low or inferior in station or quality
    indifferent
    fairly poor to not very good
    low-level
    at a low level in rank or importance
    middle-level
    intermediate in rank or position
    outclassed
    decisively surpassed by something else so as to appear to be of a lower class
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    superior
    of or characteristic of high rank or importance
    dominant
    exercising influence or control
    high
    greater than normal in degree or intensity or amount
    arch, condescending, patronising, patronizing
    (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension
    eminent, high
    standing above others in quality or position
    leading, preeminent
    greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement
    high-level, high-ranking, upper-level
    at an elevated level in rank or importance
    majestic, olympian
    majestic in manner or bearing; superior to mundane matters
    superordinate
    of higher rank or status or value
    upper
    superior in rank or accomplishment
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  2. adjective
    of low or inferior quality
    Synonyms:
    worst
    (superlative of `bad') most wanting in quality or value or condition
    bad
    below average in quality or performance
    base
    (used of metals) consisting of or alloyed with inferior metal
    bum, cheap, cheesy, chintzy, crummy, punk, sleazy, tinny
    of very poor quality; flimsy
    bush, bush-league
    not of the highest quality or sophistication
    cheapjack, shoddy, tawdry
    cheap and shoddy
    coarse, common
    of low or inferior quality or value
    coarsened
    made coarse or crude by lack of skill
    commercial, commercial-grade
    of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior
    deplorable, execrable, miserable, woeful, wretched
    of very poor quality or condition
    less
    (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality
    low-grade
    of inferior quality
    mediocre, second-rate
    moderate to inferior in quality
    ropey, ropy
    (British informal) very poor in quality
    scrawny, scrubby, stunted
    inferior in size or quality
    second-class
    of inferior status or quality
    third-rate
    of lesser quality than second-rate
    utility, utility-grade
    used of beef; usable but inferior
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    superior
    of high or superior quality or performance
    best
    (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
    A-one, ace, crack, first-rate, super, tiptop, top-notch, topnotch, tops
    of the highest quality
    banner
    unusually good; outstanding
    blue-ribbon, select
    selected or chosen for special qualifications
    boss, brag
    exceptionally good
    brilliant, superb
    of surpassing excellence
    capital
    first-rate
    choice, prime, prize, quality, select
    of superior grade
    excellent, fantabulous, first-class, splendid
    very good; of the highest quality
    gilt-edged
    of the highest quality or value
    greatest, sterling, superlative
    highest in quality
    high-performance
    modified to give superior performance
    outstanding, stellar
    distinguished from others in excellence
    premium
    having or reflecting superior quality or value
    pucka, pukka
    absolutely first class and genuine
    shining
    marked by exceptional merit
    spiffing
    excellent or splendid
    supreme
    highest in excellence or achievement
    top-flight, top-hole, topping
    excellent; best possible
    surpassing, transcendent
    exceeding or surpassing usual limits especially in excellence
    weapons-grade
    of a quality adequate for use in weapons (especially in weapons of mass destruction)
    well-made
    skillfully constructed
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  3. adjective
    falling short of some prescribed norm
    synonyms: deficient, substandard
    nonstandard
    varying from or not adhering to a standard
  4. noun
    one of lesser rank or station or quality
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    Antonyms:
    higher-up, superior, superordinate
    one of greater rank or station or quality
    type of:
    follower
    a person who accepts the leadership of another
  5. adjective
    lower than a given reference point
    inferior alveolar artery”
    Synonyms:
    bottom
    situated at the bottom or lowest position
  6. adjective
    written or printed below and to one side of another character
    synonyms: subscript
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    superior, superscript
    written or printed above and to one side of another character
    adscript
    written or printed immediately following another character and aligned with it
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  7. noun
    a character or symbol set or printed or written beneath or slightly below and to the side of another character
    synonyms: subscript
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    superior, superscript
    a character or symbol set or printed or written above and immediately to one side of another character
    type of:
    character, grapheme, graphic symbol
    a written symbol that is used to represent speech
  8. adjective
    having an orbit between the sun and the Earth's orbit
    “Mercury and Venus are inferior planets”
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    Antonyms:
    superior
    having an orbit farther from the sun than the Earth's orbit
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