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Here is a list of English words that are often used to describe someone’s personality.
brave – someone who isn’t afraid of danger.
Example sentence: Mario is a coastguard. He is very brave. His job is to rescue people.
chatty – someone who talks a lot.
Example sentence: Maria is a very chatty person. She is always on the phone to friends.
clever – good at learning things.
Example sentence: Gerard is very clever. He always gets top marks in class.
cowardly – (mildly negative) someone who is afraid of things. (often described as “a bit of a coward”)
Example sentence: Sylvia is a bit of a coward. She really hates going to the dentist!
easy-going – someone who is easy to get along with.
Example sentence: My husband is very easy-going.
friendly – someone who is nice to other people.
Example sentence: The people in my office are really friendly! I love working there!
funny – used to describe someone who is amusing.
Example sentence: Salem is really funny! He’s always entertaining us with jokes and stories.
generous – someone who shares their time or things with others.
Example sentence: My parents are very generous. They bought me a car for my birthday!
grumpy – bad-tempered.
Example sentence: My boss is really grumpy. He isn’t an easy person to get along with.
hard-working – someone who works very hard.
Example sentence: My brother is very hard-working. He hardly ever takes a day off.
honest – someone who is truthful and who doesn’t cheat or steal.
Example sentence: Amina is a very honest. She always tells the truth.
kind – someone who behaves in a caring way towards other people.
Example sentence: Most of the people I’ve met here have been kind.
lazy – an inactive person who avoids work.
Example sentence: Pete is very lazy. He rarely gets out of bed before mid-afternoon.
loud – someone who talks really loudly.
Example sentence: Rosita is really loud! When she talks, she drowns everybody else out.
lucky – someone who often has good fortune.
Example sentence: My brother is very lucky. He’s always winning prizes in competitions.
mean – 1) Someone who is a nasty person. 2) Someone who doesn’t like spending money.
Example sentence: Phillip is very mean. He never pays for his share of things.
moody – adjective used to describe someone who behaves differently every time you meet them.
Example sentence: Nina is very moody. Yesterday she said hello; today she just ignored me.
nasty – a mean, unpleasant person. (the opposite of nice)
Example sentence: I don’t really know any nasty people. Most people I know are very nice.
neat – a person who is very tidy.
Example sentence: My flatmate Jorge is very neat and well organised. His room is always tidy.
nervous – someone who is easily startled by things.
nervous – someone who is easily startled by things.
Example sentence: Anna is a very nervous person. She gets scared easily.
nice – someone who is friendly and kind. (the opposite of nasty)
Example sentence: My best friend Lin is a really nice person. She is always there for me.
polite – someone who has good manners.
Example sentence: Abdullah is a very polite boy. He always says please and thank you.
popular – somebody who is liked by many people.
Example sentence: My cousin Ali is very popular. He has a lot of friends.
quiet – used to describe someone who doesn’t talk very much.
Example sentence: Helen is a quiet person. She isn’t very talkative.
rude – bad mannered, impolite.
Example sentence: James is a very rude person. He always pushes in front of people in queues.
selfish – used to describe someone who only thinks about themselves.
Example sentence: Jeremy is very selfish. He never helps out with the housework.
serious – someone who is always very sensible (the opposite of silly).
Example sentence: Eric is very serious person. He never joins in when we play silly games.
shy – quiet and a little bit nervous around other people.
Example sentence: Claire is very shy. She doesn’t speak much in class.
silly – someone who is a bit foolish, or who doesn’t behave in a serious way.
Example sentence: Gina is a bit silly. She messes about in class when she should be working.
smart – 1) someone who takes a lot of care over their appearance
Example sentence: Anna is very smart. She is always neatly dressed.
smart – 2) someone who is very clever
Example sentence: Chia is very smart. She is one of the most intelligent people I know.
stupid – (very negative and very impolite – sometimes used as an insult) someone who is not clever.
Be careful when using this word! Using neutral adjectives to describe people is much safer.
tidy – someone who is very neat and well organised.
Example sentence: My sister is a very tidy person. I’m the opposite; I’m really untidy!
unlucky – someone who often suffers from bad fortune.
Example sentence: Sabrina is very unlucky. Things always seem to go wrong for her.
untidy – someone who is very messy.
Example sentence: I’m a very messy person. I always forget to put things away!
vain – (negative) someone who is a bit too fond of their looks.
Example sentence: Paulina is really vain. She spends far too much time looking in the mirror!
wise – someone with a lot of common sense and knowledge.
Example sentence: My grandfather was a very wise man. He taught me many things.
Take care using negative adjectives, as some people may be very offended if you use these words to describe them! In most situations it is much safer to use a neutral adjective if you can’t think of anything positive to say about someone.
Describing a person in English is a common task to talk about.
In the IELTS test, the examiner might ask you to describe a family member or a friend. You might have to describe a colleague or a neighbour.
ESL students seem to get stuck at this fairly simple thing to talk about. So I wanted to create the master plan that you can refer to from top to bottom.
We have a lot of ground to cover so let’s dive in.
The first thing to talk about is the body of the person. That means you describe two things – the person’s height and their body shape/size.
When describing someone’s height there are only three ways we can do it.
We can either say a person is tall, medium-height or short.
There are exceptions when someone is very tall so we would say exactly that: very tall. The same if someone is very short – although we have to be careful of saying that to someone’s face. No one wants to be described as very short.
He is not very tall He is a little on the short side She is not that tall She is kind of petite
Petite is a French word that means ‘small’. We use this word in English to describe a woman, especially a young woman if she is short and of a small build.
If someone is very tall we might say the following:
He is a giant He towers over other people
Again be careful when using these terms. We might describe a man as a giant but only in a very friendly, humorous way.
So essentially you can say three things to describe someone’s height:
He is tall She is medium-height/He is average height He is short
And the exceptions might be:
He is very tall She is very short
This is where we have to be careful. In some cultures, people are very direct when describing other people’s bodies. Maybe it acceptable to say that someone is fat in some countries but in an English-speaking country, it is not.
Use sensitive and polite terms and you should have no problems.
The first thing we can say is whether a person is big or small. We might say “He is a big guy”. This could mean a man who is tall and very strong. But it could also mean a man that is overweight.
Using the word ‘big’ is a replacement word for ‘fat’ these days. You might describe someone as fat when you are describing him to someone else but you should never say it to their face.
We might describe a man as small. This could mean that he is short but maybe also quite thin.
A small woman may just be short in height.
This is where you have to be very careful when describing someone.
Both the words fat and thin can be seen as being a little insensitive if used in the wrong context. So you need to use these words with great care.
Rather than say he is fat, we can say:
He is a big guy He is overweight He is kind of big
If the person is a close friend or family member, we might say:
He is overweight He needs to lose weight He is obese
But generally speaking, we should avoid using this word to describe someone.
The same goes for thin. This word can also have a negative meaning. People rarely use it to describe others as it may imply that they are unhealthy.
Instead, we might say:
She is slim
If you do describe someone as thin, it means they are very thin and possibly unhealthy.
You can use the word muscular to describe someone who regularly goes to the gym and has big muscles.
John goes to the gym almost every day, so he is very muscular. He looks like an iron man!
A person you describe as athletic is someone who is slim and has very little fat on their body. You could describe someone who goes running as athletic.
Do not use the word strong to describe this kind of person. Fit is more appropriate.
But if you do say anything about a person’s head it could be the following:
He has a really big head He has a large head He has a big head Her head is kind of small She has a very small head Her head is small for her size
Hair can come in many different colours:
Brown Blonde Red Grey or White
Many people from Asia or Africa have black hair. It is very simple to describe.
He has black hair.
But in many other places, people have different coloured hair.
Brown hair is very common.
Students often describe this colour as ‘golden’. But we should say blonde.
He has red hair.
Sometimes people might describe someone as a ‘redhead’ – this means someone with red hair.
Do not use the word ‘ginger’ as this is seen as negative.
If someone is old or they are just losing their hair colour, then we can say this:
She has grey hair His hair is almost white
After we describe someone’s general appearance in terms of their body, we then begin to describe their face.
We usually refer to whether or not someone is attractive.
We can describe a man as handsome or good-looking. A woman we describe as beautiful or good-looking. Sometimes people use the word beautiful to describe a man if he has more feminine features.
People might use the following terms instead:
He is not very good-looking He is not so handsome He is not blessed with good looks
For someone that is neither good-looking or ugly, we might say ordinary looking.
She has beautiful eyes
He has deep-set eyes (this is to describe a person who has eyes that seem to be deeper in their face)
She has big eyes He has clear eyes
She is doe-eyed (we use this term to describe someone who has big, child-like eyes. Someone who is doe-eyes often has an innocent look about them)
He has heavy eyes
She has lidded eyes (This is for someone who has heavy eyelids, maybe they often look tired)
He has piggy eyes (Be careful when using this term – it means someone had small eyes. It is largely considered an unattractive look)
We can also say beady eyes, boss-eyed, pop-eyed.
Beady-eyed – we use this to talk about someone who has eyes that make someone look untrustworthy!
Boss-eyed – if someone has eyes that look like they are looking at two different things we use this expression. It is a negative term.
Pop-eyed – to describe someone with prominent eyes that appear to be popping out of their head! Nor a positive term.
The colour of the eyes can be blue, green, grey, black, brown or hazel.
After describing someone’s eyes we then might talk about their nose.
Noses can be big, long or small.
She has a long nose He has a big nose She has a small nose
Sometimes people have a bump in the middle of their nose. In which case we say: He has a bump in his nose.
Then we can talk about someone’s mouth.
Mouths can be big, sexy, beautiful, small or wide.
We often use the word smile to describe someone’s mouth because we use our mouth to smile.
She has really beautiful white teeth, she must brush them five times a day.
Or if someone has very bad, unattractive teeth.
He has terrible teeth, all discoloured and they look unhealthy. He should go to the dentist.
Ears can be big or small.
He has big ears He has very small ears
Or the person’s ears might stick out from their head.
He has sticky-out ears His ears stick out
When talking about the colour of someone’s skin be careful.
People can be the following colours:
White Black Brown
The only people we describe as black are people from Africa or African origin – African-American.
He is a black man She is black
People from Asia, the Middle-East or from Central America we may describe as being brown.
If someone has light-coloured skin, we do not say:
If someone’s skin has a darker skin colour, we do not say
He has a ruddy complexion He is red-faced
We can describe someone’s neck in the following ways:
She has a long neck He has a short neck It seems he has no neck at all He has a very strong, thick neck
The most polite term is to say someone has a long neck. The other terms are considered impolite.
You should never say a woman has facial hair! This is very impolite.
But we can say for a man:
He has big hands She has small hands
But some people’s hands are very gentle and they might have long fingers.
She has long elegant fingers He has an artist’s hands – very soft and gentle
We can describe the skin of someone’s hands
She has soft hands He has coarse hands like a worker
After you describe someone’s body, their face and maybe their hands then you can talk about their body language and their gestures. Body language is the way a person uses their body when communicating with others.
DESCRIBE BODY LANGUAGE & GESTURES
We can say the kind of body language that the person often uses. Their body language is an extension of their personality.
She always crosses her arms when she is angry with me. She always greets me with a big smile. She is such a happy person. He often bites his nails because he is a very nervous person. James often tilts his head to one side when he is thinking about something or lost in thought. When she is lost in thought, she always puts her hand to her face. John is very impatient. He always taps his fingers on the desk if someone is only one minute late. Mike always seems confused about something, always rubbing his head like he has forgotten something. Jerry walks around with slouched shoulders – he never stands upright. On the other hand, Cole walks around like a soldier, back straight and shoulders back. I guess he is a very confident person. Lucy has quick movements, always moving her hands or head very quickly. She is very nervous, excitable person. Bill has a very slow way of moving. He never seems worried about anything.
Other Ways to Describe Someone
I have only covered the things you can say to describe someone’s physical appearance – their body, their face and their body language.
But there are many other things you can talk about when describing someone.
Telling stories are also a good way to describe someone – I wrote about that technique here.
And using similarities and differences is another useful method. I wrote about that here.
You can talk about the job they do. This paints a very clear picture of the kind of person they are in the world. For example:
My father is an engineer – we might think your father is a very serious person good at solving problems.
If you talk about the interests, the person has in their free time this also gives us a very clear picture of the person.
My brother likes to write stories in his free time – he has a very creative mind. My friend likes to fix cars at the weekend – he is good with his hands.
You can also describe the clothes the person wears.
But you can describe a person’s unique points. The person might have a birthmark or a tattoo. Or maybe a scar. These can identify the person and are often very special.
This covers most of the things you need to say when talking about someone’s physical appearance.
You should practice these things you can say by describing your parents, your brother or sister, and your friends. Keep describing different people and it will become natural to you.
A good way to start is to write sentences in your notebook. This will help you remember the words and phrases you can use.
And always remember the system when describing someone:
Body and Height Head Hair Face Eyes Nose Mouth Body Language and Gestures
Follow this general rule and you will be fine!
In the IELTS test it is very common to describe someone so please use this guide to help you.
Are you looking for just the right words to express how you feel? Perhaps a simple “I love you” doesn’t carry enough weight and you need to dress it up a little. Fear not! Help is on the way! Browse lists of romantic words to describe someone you love, along with a few phrases that just might spark the proverbial fires.
couple crazy in love with each other
Romantic Words List
There’s no denying the weight of the three most romantic words, “I love you.” But, if you’re looking to write a letter with a tad more creativity, here are some other romantic words for you to consider:
crazy for you
friend and lover
Romantic Action Words
How about a list of action words? Many, though not all, of the words below can be substituted for the verb “love” in “I love you.” Perhaps you can use a few of these words to describe the way you feel.
Synonyms for Romance/Romantic
Using words that mean basically the same thing as romance or romantic can be another great option when you’re searching for words to describe someone you love.
A romantic nickname can be a great way to use words to describe someone you love.
keeper of my heart
light of my life
Saying I Love You
Another way to tell someone “I love you” is to say it in another language.
French – je t’aime (zhu t-ehm) or je t’adore (zhu tah-dor)
Greek – s’agapo (sa-ga-pó)
Italian – ti amo (te a-mo)
Hawaiian – aloha Au Ia ‘oe (Aloha wau iā-oe)
Russian – ya lyublyu tebya (ya tee-BYAH lyoo-BLYOO)
Spanish – te amo (tay-ah-mo) or te quiero (tay key-aero)
List of Romantic Sayings and Quotes
Along with this list of romantic words, it might also help to have some romantic quotes or sayings by your side.
“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” – Aristotle
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk in my garden forever.” – Alfred Lord Tennyson
You hold the key to my heart.
My love for you is unconditional and eternal.
You make my heart skip a beat.
Last night I looked up into the stars and matched each one with a reason why I love you. I was doing great until I ran out of stars.
Thinking of expressing your love for someone without having some Amazing Words to Describe Someone You Love? Checkout these words to describe someone special in your life.
Nothing beats the feeling of loving another person and being loved in return. In fact, love remains the biggest reason why we choose to fight and move on with our lives each day. Now, describing how you feel about the one you love comes in many forms.
It could be through gestures, gifts or words. If you are looking for Words to Describe Someone You Love then you are in the right place. In this article, we will teach you how you can use different words to describe someone special that you love and we assure you that they will feel more loved than ever.
Saying “I love you” is very important to validate how you feel towards the person you love however, have you ever felt that I love yous are not enough? If so then you can always express how you feel through the words listed below.
You are very special to me.
You are an important person in my life and I would like to spend forever with you.
I feel truly blessed that I get to spend my time with you.
You give me goosebumps whenever I am with you.
You are my secret keeper.
I understand you more than anyone else.
I accept you just the way you are.
I feel safe knowing that I can share my secrets with you.
I always have a great time whenever I get to spend time with you.
I want to hold your hand forever.
You have inspired me in so many ways.
I appreciate your presence.
I am very thankful that you are in my life.
I value everything that you do for me.
You are my everything
I will always treasure your kindness.
I am happy whenever I am with you.
I feel secured and happy with you.
Seeing you brightens up my day in so many ways.
The most romantic gifts for someone you love.
I appreciate the fact that you make my days brighter.
My heart is full of joy whenever I am near you.
If I could only sing the song that my heart sings whenever you are near then you would understand how I feel.
Your presence in my life is very important.
I could sit next to you and I am totally at peace with everything.
You have helped me tremendously.
I am so thankful that you are a part of me
I could go anywhere and be anyone I want to be when I am with you.
I trust you with all my heart.
I know that you are doing something good for me even when I don’t understand some of your reasons.
You are my comfort zone.
You are my safe haven.
Whenever I am with you, I have the courage to do anything.
This world is less scary knowing that I am with you.
I appreciate your efforts.
I can lose all concept of time but I know I am not lost when I am with you.
You are my soul mate, my very own kindred spirit.
I appreciate the fact that you have supported me even through my deepest trials.
I love how you make sure that I have everything I need.
I love hearing your voice.
I feel so connected with you even when we are not together.
Your kind words and wisdom has saved me more than you will ever know.
Your sight is a breath of fresh air.
I appreciate your thoughtfulness.
I love the fact that you consider my feelings before yours.
I am happy when you are happy.
Your happiness makes me smile.
I want you to be a part of my life; the past, present and future.
I can be myself whenever I am with you.
I would like to thank fate for allowing our paths to cross.
I love you very much.
If you haven’t let that person know about how you feel about them often then it’s time that you do. All you have to do is use these words to describe someone you love that is special and you are off to a blissful relationship.
Start practicing the act of love through words today and you will have a better, stronger and more secured relationship in the future.
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