Adjectives to describe people’s appearance, personality and feelings

Having the ability to describe people’s appearance and personality using adjectives is an important part of learning English.

In this lesson, we will learn useful adjectives to describe people in many ways, such as 

  • Describing someone’s appearance
  • Describing someone’s character and personality
  • Describing someone’s style
  • Describing someone’s feelings & emotion

1. Appearance is defined as the way someone or something looks. This is list of adjectives to describe a person’s appearance⬇️

2. Character traits are qualities or characteristics that describe what a person is like. Here is a list of English Adjectives to describe someone’s personality

Sometimes we meet people we don’t like — “bad” people! Let’s take a look at some negative words to describe someone you don’t like.

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Arrogant — He/She thinks he’s the best.
Big-headed — The same as “arrogant.”
Self-centred — The world has to revolve around him/her!
Vain — He/She loves looking at himself/herself in the mirror.
Boastful — He/She always talks about how brilliant He/She is and all the amazing things He/She does.
Pompous — Like “arrogant” but in a way that makes him/her look foolish.

Callous — He/She doesn’t care about anyone, especially those who are weaker than him/her.
Cynical — He/She sees the bad side in everybody’s personality and actions.
Overcritical — He/She exaggerates the negative things you do.

Confrontational — He/She tries to challenge you, even when it’s not necessary.
Defensive — He/She behaves as if you’re attacking him/her, even if you aren’t.
Hostile — He/She behaves like your enemy.
Belligerent — He/She is aggressive and hostile.
Bitchy — He/She makes small, sarcastic comments about you. They seem small, but they’re designed to hurt you.
Nasty — He/She is not nice.
Bossy — He/She likes telling you what to do — like a boss.
Cruel — He/She actually enjoys seeing other people in pain and sometimes creates that pain.
Domineering — He/She likes to have control over everyone in every situation.

Dogmatic — He/She has strong beliefs and doesn’t accept any view outside those beliefs.
Inflexible — When He/She is made plans, NOTHING can change them.
Intolerant — He/She doesn’t like certain types of people and will never accept them. Sometimes this can be extreme, like racism, sexism or homophobia.
Narrow-minded — He/She has a small view of the world and doesn’t accept ideas outside that view.
Stubborn — You will never be able to change his/her opinion on anything.
Obstinate — Like “stubborn,” but a little stronger.
Pig-headed — Like “obstinate.” But with a pig.
Fussy — He/She likes everything to be a certain way. If there’s a change, He/She gets very upset or angry.

Jealous — He/She hates seeing you with other people.
Possessive — He/She only wants you to spend time with him/her. You have no other friends now.
Resentful — He/She still gets angry about things that happened a long time ago.
Secretive — He/She regularly keeps secrets from you.

Cowardly — He/She is afraid of everything.
Foolish — He/She doesn’t have the brains to make the right decisions — so He/She makes bad decisions.
Gullible – If you told him/her that you’d just been invited to Tom Cruise’s space station party on the moon, He/She would believe you.
Indecisive — He/She finds it difficult to make decisions — so He/She often sticks with “no decision.”
Weak-willed — You can easily convince him/her to do what He/She doesn’t want to do. They’re also probably addicted to something (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs, cheese — something).

Quick-tempered — He/She gets angry very easily.
Grumpy — He/She is always in a bad mood and doesn’t want to speak with you.
Moody — His/Her moods are unpredictable. Sometimes they seem fine, and then suddenly they’re in a bad mood.
Pessimistic — He/She always sees the negative side of things.
Sullen — Like “grumpy.”
Touchy — You can make him/her angry or upset very easily.

Overemotional — When He/She is unhappy or angry, He/She is very unhappy or veryangry.
Clingy — He/She wants to be with you all the time, and you just can’t lose him/her. — unless you run away really fast when He/She is not looking.
Finicky — He/She is very fussy and wants everything to be the way He/She wants. He/She gets upset if you do something the “wrong” way.
Silly — He/She is not serious and can behave a bit like a child sometimes.
Vulgar — He/She is not sophisticated. His/Her jokes are often sexual and rude.

List of positive qualities & characteristics

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  • Warm
  • Friendly
  • Clean
  • Honest
  • Loyal
  • Trustworthy
  • Dependable
  • Open-Minded
  • Thoughtful
  • Wise
  • Mature
  • Ethical
  • Courageous
  • Constructive
  • Productive
  • Progressive
  • Individualistic
  • Observant
  • Neat
  • Punctual
  • Logical
  • Prompt
  • Accurate
  • Self-Reliant
  • Independent
  • Inventive
  • Wholesome
  • Attentive
  • Frank
  • Purposeful
  • Realistic
  • Adventurous
  • Relaxed
  • Curious
  • Modern
  • Charming
  • Modest
  • Enthusiastic
  • Polite
  • Patient
  • Talented
  • Perceptive
  • Forgiving
  • Ambitious
  • Respectful
  • Grateful
  • Resourceful
  • Courteous
  • Helpful
  • Appreciative
  • Imaginative
  • Self-Disciplined
  • Decisive
  • Humble
  • Self-Confident
  • Easygoing
  • Consistent
  • Positive
  • Artistic
  • Fashionable
  • Convincing
  • Thrifty
  • Bold
  • Suave
  • Methodical
  • Interesting
  • Unselfish
  • Responsible
  • Reasonable
  • Likable
  • Clever
  • Cooperative
  • Romantic
  • Proficient

3. Describing someone’s style

4. Sometimes it’s hard to explain exactly how you feel. This vocabulary list helps you narrow down exactly what word best expresses your current emotional state.

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