Friday, July 27, 2018

Speaking & Writing: Words to Describe People

Describing a person is a basic skill required when speaking a language which is why English tests contain both oral and written tasks that ask candidates to talk about a person they know or admire, someone who influenced them or is a close friend. 

If you are simply learning English to be able to communicate, the list that follows will help improve your vocabulary. 

For those preparing to take an English exam, the difference between a good answer and an exceptional one is vocabulary. Saying a person is "nice" and "kind" is not that bad, but using words like "trustworthy" or "demure" will certainly give you points for lexical range.

Teachers can distribute the following list, ask students to find the meanings of words and make sentences with them. Those who want to improve their English on their own can translate the words into their own language and practice using them with a speaking partner.

Speaking & Writing: Useful Vocabulary


Adjectives to describe people: 

  • amiable
  • good-tempered
  • soft-spoken
  • sociable
  • warm-hearted
  • polite
  • honest
  • trustworthy
  • confident
  • outspoken
  • stubborn
  • just
  • blunt
  • unreserved
  • unaffected
  • forthright
  • candid
  • sincere
  • principled
  • guileless
  • eccentric
  • whimsical
  • silly
  • witty
  • hilarious
  • nervous
  • anxious
  • jumpy
  • uneasy
  • hesitant
  • shy
  • timid
  • adventurous
  • meddling
  • rash
  • foolhardy
  • thoughtless
  • prudent
  • wary
  • conservative
  • passionate
  • meddlesome
  • greedy
  • possessive
  • uncaring
  • cold
  • (un)ambitious
  • disenchanted
  • modest
  • unimposing
  • showy
  • arrogant
  • insolent
  • shameless
  • impudent
  • cheeky
  • optimistic
  • sarcastic
  • ironic
  • tedious 
  • unamusing
  • uninspired
  • serious
  • demure
  • solemn
  • cheerful
  • upbeat
  • carefree




Nouns to describe people: 


  • entertainer
  • life of the party
  • extrovert
  • introvert 
  • recluse
  • eccentric
  • pest
  • nuisance
  • killjoy
  • grouch
  • wet blanket
  • thrillseeker
  • daredevil
  • show-off
  • prude
  • goody two-shoes
  • narcissist
  • busybody
  • chatterbox
  • bookworm
  • scholar
  • intellectual
  • jock
  • philanthropist
  • altruist
  • cynic
  • troublemaker
  • stick-in-the-mud
  • pessimist
  • optimist
  • romantic


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