Using Adjectives to Describe People

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Adjectives are words that describe or modify other words. They can identify or quantify another person or thing in the sentence. People may behave differently at home than at work, and in the company of certain people. Let’s look at different types of behavior and some words that describe them. Remember adjectives are usually positioned before the noun or the pronoun that they modify.

In the following examples, the highlighted words are adjectives:

Affectionate An affectionate persona is someone who is very loving.


My brother is very affectionate.

Aggressive Someone who is physically or verbally threatening towards other people.


I don’t like aggressive people. I like people who are relaxed and calm.

Ambitious Someone who is keen to get on in life.


Tarun is very ambitious. He is hoping to be promoted soon.

Anxious Someone who worries a lot.


Tanmay is a very anxious person. He worries far too much about things.

Artistic Someone who is good at creative things, such as painting and drawing.


Jaspreet is very artistic. She is really good at drawing.

Bad-tempered Somebody who gets angry a lot.


My uncle is really bad-tempered. He is always shouting at my cousins.

Big-headed Someone with a very high opinion of themselves.


Sahil is a bit big-headed. He thinks more of himself than others do.

Boring Someone who is not very interesting.


Anu is a bit boring. She never has anything interesting to say.

Bossy Someone who tries to control other people.


My grandmother is a bit bossy. She’s always ordering my poor granddad.

Charismatic Someone who attracts other people, and who is good at getting people’s attention.


Barack Obama is a very charismatic politician.

Creative Someone who is an original thinker, or who has artistic skills.


Mona is very creative,  she always comes up with new ideas.

Courageous Someone who is very brave.


Anurag is a fireman. He is very courageous. He rescues people from fires.

Dependable Someone who is very reliable.


Riya is very dependable. She always keeps her promises.

Devious Someone who cheats other people, to get what they want.


Shashank can be bit devious at times. I wouldn’t trust him.

Dim (Insult)Someone who is not very intelligent.


It’s difficult to be friends with a dim wit.


Extroverted Someone who is very outgoing.


Dev is very extroverted. He’s always the life and soul of the party.

Egotistical Someone who acts as if they are more important than others.


Suraj is a bit egotistical. He tends to look down on people.

Gregarious Very sociable


Tina is very gregarious. She has lots of friends.

Impulsive Someone who acts before thinking.


Lucky can be a bit impulsive. He doesn’t always think before he acts.

Intelligent Someone who is very clever.


Jagmeet is a very intelligent man.

Introverted Someone who is quiet and shy.


Mira is quite introverted. She doesn’t really enjoy parties.

Industrious Very hard working.


Sujan is very industrious. He works really hard at his job.

Joyful Very Happy


I’m in a joyful mood today. Life is good at the moment.

Reliable Someone you can depend upon.


Ashu is very reliable. You can always depend on him to keep his promises.

Sociable Someone who enjoys mixing with people.


Damini is very sociable. She has a lot of friends.

Sympathetic Someone who offers friendly ear to people with problems.


Prakash is a very sympathetic person. He’s also a really good listener.

Talkative Someone who talks a lot.


Rashmi is very talkative. She’s always on the phone, chatting to friends.

Upbeat Someone with a cheerful, positive attitude to life.


His upbeat attitude makes him very popular among people.

Published on March 7, 2016 by EnglishMate
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