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25 Collocations that Describe Personality

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Do you have a tendency to exaggerate or are you brutally honest? 😐 Learn the meanings of 25 collocations that describe personality, which are natural English expressions for people’s qualities and character.

Good/bad company 

Meaning: to be pleasant/unpleasant to be with.

Ex:  The children at school didn’t like him because he was bad company. But later on, when he became valedictorian, everybody wanted to be his friend.

Have a tendency to exaggerate / lose his/her temper / make snap (quick) decisions

Ex: Peter’s a great guy, but he sometimes loses his temper and makes snap decisions.

Speak your mind 

Meaning: tell what you really think of something.

Ex: I like him because he always speaks his mind.

Enjoy your own company 

Meaning: enjoy being by yourself.

Ex: Susan always goes to the cinema alone because she enjoys her own company.

Be fiery-tempered 

Meaning: a person who easily gets annoyed and moody.

Ex: He stopped going for basketball because his coach was too fiery-tempered.

Have a sense of humour 

Meaning: a witty person.

Ex: His jokes are so funny. He’s got a great sense of humour.

Have a way with words 

Meaning: be skilled with words, eloquence.

Ex: Pierre was chosen to make a speech because everyone knew that he has a way with words.

Get easily bored 

Meaning: having difficulty in finding interest in something.

Ex: Whatever toy I buy for our daughter she easily gets so bored with it.

Strong personality 

Meaning: confident and assertive person.

Ex: He became a boss because he has a strong personality.

Supremely confident 

Meaning: extremely confident.

Ex: In spite of her age, Susan is a supremely confident manageress.

Outgoing personality 

Meaning: talkative and open person.

Ex: I presume Gregory has an outgoing personality because he enjoys meeting new people.

Burning ambition 

Meaning: desperately strong ambition.

Ex: Brian had a burning ambition of becoming a professional athlete when he gets older


Meaning: a person who likes taking risks rather than being safe and stable.

Ex: Sometimes you need to be a risk-taker, especially if you want to make progress at work.

Shy and retiring 

Meaning: a person who avoids meeting other people.

Ex: I wanted to introduce her to the company but she’s shy and retiring, so I gave up.

Have an eye for detail 

Meaning: be particularly good at noticing small things.

Ex: Luckily, I have a good eye for detail so I noticed an irregularity in the contract.

Have a vivid imagination 

Meaning: the ability to imagine things with ease.

Ex:  The novel Lorna wrote won an award because she has a vivid imagination.

Give the impression of

Meaning: an idea of what someone is like.

Ex: Liam gives the impression of a busy person maybe because he’s always so confused.

Good at keeping secrets 

Meaning: a confidant person.

Ex: Laura is so good at keeping secrets.

Bear a grudge 

Meaning: to remain angry with someone because of past deeds or conflicts.

Ex: She’s still bearing a grudge against me for the argument we had 3 years ago.

Painfully shy 

Meaning: extremely shy.

Ex: Keith was painfully shy when he was a teenager.

Keep your temper 

Meaning: retain anger rather than react fiercely.

Ex: It’s not easy to keep your temper with so many things going wrong.

Set high standards 

Meaning: to do things better than others.

Ex: Although she was a young team leader, Lisa set high standards for her team.

Brutally honest 

Meaning: be honest regardless of the other person’s feelings.

Ex: I don’t want to be brutally honest, but you look terrible in that dress.

25 Collocations that Describe Personality
25 Collocations that Describe Personality

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