Adjectives for character
About 400 or so most commonly used adjectives to describe character traits.
Terms in this set (99)
Something that is adaptable can change to fit its environment, whether that environment is natural or social. The level to which a species is adaptable to changing surroundings is an important factor in the study of evolution.
If you're adventurous, you're eager to try new things and take risks. If you can't wait to go kayaking in the Amazon and you're willing to try that stew with the weird things floating around in it, you're adventurous.
Affable means friendly, pleasant, and easy to talk to. An affable host offers you something to drink and makes you feel at home.
Being affectionate is being warm, tender, and loving. A hug is an affectionate gesture.
conforming to your own liking or feelings or nature
Ambitious means wanting to succeed. If you want to climb Mount Everest, start your own business, and write a great philosophical treatise all before you are 30, then wow, you are really ambitious.
A friendly, pleasant person could be described as amiable. Airline flight attendants tend to be amiable. The people monitoring the school's cafeteria? Maybe not.
The adjective amicable means "friendly" — but in particular, use it when describing relations one might otherwise expect to be unfriendly. The end of a romantic relationship that's less than amicable might involve broken dishes or broken bones.
The adjective amusing describes someone or something that makes you laugh. Something that you find amusing, like your favorite stand up comic, might be less amusing to your easily offended grandmother.
Courageous, dauntless, perhaps a little bit daring, a person who is brave faces dangerous or difficult situations with courage.
The adjective bright is good for describing anything that emits, reflects, or is full of light — like the bright moon, the bright sky or the bright, well-lit room. Bright can also mean vivid or vibrant — such as a bright purple three-piece suit. More figuratively, bright means "full of hope or possibility" — like your bright future as a marine biologist
inclined to respect views and beliefs that differ from your own
Just saying the word calm reminds you of how it feels to be calm — steady, at rest, not agitated, chilled out, caaaaalllmmmm. Waters without waves? People without drama? Sounds calm.
If you consider all consequences and do a task thoughtfully, take your time and watch what you are doing, you are being careful. Can you ever be too careful? If you're a stunt man, yes. If you're an accountant, no.
Something charming is usually pleasing or delightful. More rarely, it can be something supernatural.
To be communicative is to have the ability to communicate — to exchange thoughts and ideas. Couples often go to counseling to learn to be more communicative.
If you are compassionate, you feel other people's pain and struggles as though they were your own. Compassionate people are often moved to work to end the suffering of others, perhaps by feeding the hungry or educating the poor.
If someone is conscientious, that person strives to do what's right and to carry out his duties. Conscientious people show care and put in a big effort
Being considerate is being polite and caring. People like it when you're considerate of their feelings.
Use the adjective convivial to describe your friend everyone seems to know and like. If someone is "the life of the party," she can also be called convivial.
If you are a courageous person, you face danger or stand up against the odds without flinching. Known as "The Man without Fear," Daredevil is regarded as a very courageous superhero.
If you are courteous, your good manners show friendliness and concern for others, like your courteous habit of holding the door for people entering a building with you.
Do you like to make art? Do you like to write? Would you like to design clothes or buildings? Then you are a creative person.
If you make decisions quickly, you are someone who is decisive. A decisive event can settle something, like a war.
Olympic athletes are some of the most determined people you're going to meet. At that level, they've got to be driven to succeed. Otherwise, their opponents will surely beat them.
Someone who is diligent works hard and carefully. If you want to write the epic history of your family, you'll have to be very diligent in tracking down and interviewing all of your relatives.
If you have the ability to say the right thing when two friends are fighting, making both sides happy, you are diplomatic. You have tact. You are a peacemaker.
Discreet describes someone or something that is appropriately quiet, prudent, and restrained. If you are wearing a discreet gray suit, it is unlikely that anyone at that business meeting will notice you.
If a person, place, or thing is energetic and active, then it's dynamic. When things are dynamic, there's a lot going on.
relaxed and informal in attitude or standards
If it has anything to do with feelings like happiness or anger, then consider it emotional. A co-worker who cries at the drop of a hat is overly emotional.
Energetic describes someone who has lots of get-up-and-go. When you decide to jog alongside the bus instead of taking it to work, you are energetic — so energetic that it tires the rest of the commuters out just watching you.
Enthusiastic appreciation for something is more than just liking it — it's loving it. You're an enthusiastic fan of Italian food if you not only like it, you can't live without it.
Are you feeling really happy and enthusiastic about something? Describe yourself with the adjective, exuberant!
of a person; just and impartial; not prejudiced
Faithful describes someone who is reliable and consistent. If you're a faithful volunteer at the animal shelter, you show up every Saturday and work hard to help the animals.
oblivious of dangers or perils or calmly resolute in facing them
characterized by or full of force or strength (often but not necessarily physical)
To be frank is to be honest. Also, it's a hot dog. Eating a frank at the ballpark is, to be frank, an all-American experience.
Friendly, describes people who are kind, caring, and make you feel comfortable. You might be new to town, but the people are so friendly that you'll soon feel right at home.
Something that is funny is amusing or comical. Comedians make their living being funny.
Generous people are the ones who give more than is expected of them. It's generous of your friend to take the couch and let you sleep in the bed when you stay over at her place. She didn't have to do that.
Use the adjective gentle to describe something that is soothing or kind, like a person with a tender nature or the soft sound of light rain.
We all know what good means as an adjective--pleasing, favorable, and nice. having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
If you know someone who's outgoing, sociable, and fond of the company of others, you might want to call her gregarious.
characterized by hard work and perseverance
If you are inclined to assist others in any situation, you are a helpful person. Your actions can also be called helpful, like your helpful habit of doing the dishes every night.
The adjective honest is perfect for describing someone who tells the truth. If you're always honest, it means you're truthful and sincere no matter what.
If something is humorous it's funny. Humorous is a fine tone for toasting at your friend's wedding, but not so much for the reading of someone's last will and testament.
To be imaginative is to be inventive and original. If you enjoy coming up with stories, writing songs, or just thinking about things in new ways, you're an imaginative person.
If you're in a contest you'd better hope the judges are impartial, that is, that they aren't biased toward one competitor over another.
If your brother says you broke his guitar and you say you weren't anywhere near it , your parents may ask your sister for an independent opinion, as she has no reason to lie. An independent person is free from the control or influence of other people.
The adjective intellectual describes something related to or using the mind or intellect. Your creative pursuit of singing in a rock band is different from your intellectual interest in 16th-century drama.
Scientific findings that squirrels are intelligent animals sounded nutty at first, but now that doctors are encouraging people to eat more nuts because they're such healthy food, those squirrels are looking pretty smart. Pigs are considered intelligent too, and they eat garbage.
If you're intuitive, you can probably guess what this word means just by looking at it. No? Maybe you're not so intuitive, after all. Intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.
To be inventive is to be creative. Inventive people are good at using their imaginations.
A helpful and considerate nature can be described as kind. It is kind of someone to volunteer to rake their elderly neighbor's leaves in the fall. As a noun, kind refers to the variety or specific type of something.
feeling or showing love and affection
If you are faithful and devoted to someone or something, you're loyal. If you refuse to buy milk from anyone other than Farmer Jones, then you're a very loyal customer.
A person is modest if he or she is very successful but does not call attention to this.
clean or organized
To be nice is to be pleasant and good-natured. Polite people and sunny days are nice.
An optimistic person thinks the best possible thing will happen, and hopes for it even if it's not likely. Someone who's a tad too confident this way is also sometimes called optimistic.
Something that is passionate packs emotion, and possibly romantic emotion. A passionate plea will tug on your heart strings and a passionate kiss will sweep you off your feet. If you want to stay unmoved, stay away from the passionate.
You are patient if you don't get frustrated or annoyed when you have to wait or deal with difficulties. The band director may show patient leadership, but a football coach uses other methods with his team.
If something is persistent, it just won't stop. If you're persistent in your suggestions for a trip to Mexico, maybe your parents will eventually give in and take you there.
To be philosophical is to stay detached and thoughtful in the face of a setback, or to approach a tough situation in a level-headed way. When his girlfriend left him, Bernard was philosophical: "If she loves me, she'll return."
Call a body of water placid if it has a smooth surface and no waves. Call a person placid if they don't tend to make waves by causing a fuss.
To be plucky is to show courage. Plucky people are often underdogs fighting against the odds, like a plucky kid who scares away a burglar or a plucky kitten who refuses to run away from a Great Dane.
showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc. Polite means showing regards for others in manners, speech, and behavior. Since you are a polite dinner guest, you thank the host for inviting you.
Something that's powerful displays, well, power. Your neighbor who just finished training to be a fireman probably looks much more powerful than he used to.
A stapler is a practical object--it has a use. A hand-crocheted stapler cozy designed to keep a stapler warm at night? Not practical at all.
The adjective proactive can describe a person who get things done. If you are proactive, you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you.
mentally nimble and resourceful
To be quiet means you don't make any noise. When you're trying not to wake a sleeping lion, you will be quiet when you run by it.
Use the adjective rational to describe people or ideas that operate according to logic or reason. While your brother has an artistic temperament, you have a rational one.
Calling something reliable means you can count on it to come through when you need it; it's dependable. If you're headed out for an around-the-world sailing trip, hopefully your lifejacket is reliable.
If you're reserved, you're the opposite of a loudmouth or a cut-up: you're polite, you have a lot of self-control, and you don't show your feelings.
If you are interviewing employees for your new pet store, you may want to ask if they are resourceful. If they are, it means they are good at problem solving, and this could come in very handy.
If something is romantic, it isn't very practical, like the librarian's romantic dream of convincing every person in town to read a book a week for life — a great idea that probably isn't possible.
To be self-confident is to be secure in yourself and your abilities. When you are giving a presentation or a speech, it helps to be self-confident -- or at least to pretend that you are.
used of nonindulgent persons
Sensible means practical and reasonable. If you're wearing sensible shoes, they're sturdy, comfortable, good for walking, and your feet don't hurt. If you're a sensible person, you're level-headed and calm, and you make wise decisions.
Sensitive describes something or someone who reacts quickly and strongly. It's often something to protect — like baby skin, government documents, or a fragile ecosystem.
lacking self-confidence. Parties are not much fun for a shy person. Shy means being nervous around other people, especially in a social situation.
Being sincere is being genuine. If someone compliments you on your outfit, but you notice them rolling their eyes when they think you're not looking, they probably weren't being sincere.
When you're sociable, you're willing to talk and be friendly with other people. At a party, it's a good idea to be sociable and make new friends rather than standing off in a corner by yourself.
Straightforward means direct in your approach. When you have a favor to ask of a friend, don't beat around the bush--say what you need in a straightforward way.
A sympathetic person is one who's motivated by compassion. You can imagine that most of the people who work for the Red Cross are sympathetic types.
You are thoughtful if you consider how your actions and words will affect other people's feelings. It is thoughtful to cook your friend's favorite dish when you invite him over for dinner.
Use the adjective tidy for something that is neat and clean. If your desk were more tidy, you would be able to find your computer.
The adjective tough is good for describing hard times. If you just got mugged, lost your job, got the flu, and broke your toe, you're having a really tough week.
The word unassuming means modest, lacking in arrogance, pleasant, or polite. You'll find that some of the most unassuming people are actually the most interesting and powerful of all. They're just decent enough not to display it all the time.
To be understanding is to be sympathetic to someone's woes. Understanding a concept means you get it. Your understanding might be that your mother will always drive you to school if you miss the bus.
To describe a person or thing that can adapt to do many things or serve many functions, consider the adjective versatile.
marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity
disposed or inclined toward
A witty remark is clever and funny and timed just right. When you make such a remark, you are also considered to be witty.