25 Collocations that Describe Personality
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.
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.
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.
Meaning: confident and assertive person.
Ex: He became a boss because he has a strong personality.
Meaning: extremely confident.
Ex: In spite of her age, Susan is a supremely confident manageress.
Meaning: talkative and open person.
Ex: I presume Gregory has an outgoing personality because he enjoys meeting new people.
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.
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.
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.
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