Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, comparative of inferus lower — more at under
Date: 15th century
1. situated lower down ; lower
a. of low or lower degree or rank
b. of poor quality ; mediocre
3. of little or less importance, value, or merit <always felt inferior to his older brother> 4. a. situated below another and especially another similar superior part of an upright body b. situated in a relatively low posterior or ventral position in a quadrupedal body c. (1) situated below another plant part or organ (2) abaxial 5. relating to or being a subscript • inferior noun • inferiority noun • inferiorly adverb
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.