Adjectives to Describe People | Physical Appearance

List of 40+ common adjectives to describe people! Useful descriptive adjectives list for describing someone’s physical appearance with pictures and examples. Have you every wondered how you might point out your friend to an English speaking person? Would you know how to describe the appearance of a business colleague? There are a whole range of words that can be used to talk about how a person looks or what they are like and these adjectives are extremely useful to have in your vocabulary. In this section, you will learn all the words you will need to describe a person.

List of Adjectives to Describe People

Adjectives for Describing General Appearance

  • Beautiful
  • Pretty
  • Elegant
  • Funny
  • Cute
  • Handsome
  • Gorgeous
  • Ugly
  • Attractive

Describing Someone’s Age

  • Young
  • Middle-aged
  • Old

Describing Someone’s Build

  • Well-Built
  • Plump
  • Thin
  • Fat
  • Slim

Describing Someone’s Height

  • Short
  • Medium-height
  • Tall

Adjectives for Describing Someone’s Eyes

  • Blue
  • Brown
  • Small
  • Big round
  • Oval
  • Wear glasses

Describing Someone’s Face

  • Round
  • Oval
  • Square
  • Long

Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Nose

  • Straight
  • Hooked
  • Long
  • Small
  • Turned-up

Describing Someone’s Mouth

  • Large
  • Small

Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Lips

  • Full
  • Curved
  • Thin

Describing Someone’s Ears

  • Large
  • Small

Adjectives for Describing General Appearance

Beautiful

– Every mother thinks her child beautiful.

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Pretty

– She’s a very charming and very pretty girl.

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Elegant

– He is greying now but still elegant.

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Funny

– He made funny faces to amuse the children.

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Cute

– You have a cute daughter.

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Handsome

– He was handsome and nicely dressed.

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Gorgeous

– I went out with a gorgeous girl last night.

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Ugly

– She was ugly and monstrously fat.

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Attractive

– He was with an attractive young lady.

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Descriptive Adjectives for Describing Someone’s Age

Young

– When I was young, I admired clever people.

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Middle-aged

– A middle-aged person is between forty and sixty years old.

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Old

– The old lady told me all her troubles.

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Descriptive Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Build

Well-Built

– Henry was a small, healthy, well-built man.

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Plump

– The nurse was a cheerful plump woman.

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Thin

–  The man was so thin that you could see his bones.

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Fat

– I could eat what I liked without getting fat.

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Slim

– I wish I was as slim as you.

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Descriptive Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Height

Short

– Chris was short and stocky, with broad shoulders.

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Medium-height

– She’s medium-height.

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Tall

– He was young and tall.

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Descriptive Adjectives for Describing Someone’s Eyes

Blue

– He stared at me out of those washed-out blue eyes.

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Brown

– He pored on the girl’s lovely and large brown eyes.

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Small

– He was hot and sweat dripped into his small eyes.

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Big round

– There was a glint of mischief in her big round eyes.

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Oval

– He could see the disappointment in her oval eyes.

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Wear glasses

– I love his wear glasses eyes.

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Descriptive Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Face

Round

– The child had a round face.

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Oval

– He saw her oval face through a mist of tears.

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Square

– He had a thoughtful look on his squareface.

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Long

– She’s got a long, thin face.

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Adjectives to Describe a Person’s Nose

Straight

– I struck him on his straight nose.

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Hooked

– He was thin and tall, with a hooked nose.

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Long

– He’s got a really long nose .

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Small

– She gave him a punch on the small nose.

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Turned-up

– He biffed me on the turned-up nose.

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Adjectives for Describing Someone’s Mouth

Large

– She quirked her large mouth at me.

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Small

– She opened her small mouth to say something.

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Adjective for Describing Someone’s Lips

Full

– She had big eyes and full lips.

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Curved

– Matt opened the door with a smile on his curved lips.

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Thin

– I really love my thin lips.

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Descriptive Adjectives for Describing Someone’s Ears

Large

– He had large ears.

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Small

– She tucked her hair behind her small ears.

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