25 Collocations that Describe Someone’s Personality

In this lesson, you will find natural English expressions for people’s qualities and character.

Good/bad company – to be pleasant/unpleasant to be with.
Ex: They didn’t like him. He was a bad company.

Have a tendency to exaggerate / lose his/her temper / make snap (quick) decisions
Ex: Peter’s a great guy, but he sometimes has a tendency to exaggerate.

Speak your mind – tell what you really think of something.
Ex: I like him because he always speaks his mind.

Enjoy your own company – enjoy being by yourself.
Ex: Susan always goes to the cinema alone. She enjoys her own company.

Be fiery-tempered – a person who is easily annoyed and moody.
Ex: He stopped going for basketball as his coach was fiery-tempered.

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

Have a way with words – be skilled with words, eloquence.
Ex: Pierre was chosen to make a speech. He has a way with words.

Get easily bored – having difficulty in finding interest in something.
Ex: Whatever toy I buy to our daughter she easily gets bored with it.

Strong personality – confident and assertive person.
Ex: He became a boss because he has a strong personality.

Supremely confident – extremely confident.
Ex: Susan is a supremely confident manageress.

Outgoing personality – talkative and open person.
Ex: Gregory has an outgoing personality and he enjoys meeting new people.

Burning ambition – desperately strong ambition.
Ex: He had a burning ambition to become a professional athlete.

Risk-taker – a person who likes taking risks.
Ex: Sometimes you need to be a risk-taker if you want to make progress at work.

Shy and retiring – 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 – 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 – the ability to imagine things easily.
Ex: Thanks to her vivid imagination, the novel she wrote won an award.

Give the impression of – idea of what someone is like.
Ex: Liam gives the impression of a busy person.

Good at keeping secrets – a confidant
Ex: Laura is good at keeping secrets.

Bear a grudge – to remain angry with someone for past deeds or conflicts.
Ex: She’s still bearing a grudge against me for the argument we had 3 years ago.

Painfully shy – extremely shy.
Ex: Keith was painfully shy when he was a teenager.

Keep your temper – retain from anger.
Ex: It’s not easy to keep your temper with so many things going wrong.

Set high standards – to do things better than others.
Ex: As a team leader, Lisa set high standards for her team.

Brutally honest – be honest regardless of the other person’s feelings.
Ex: To be brutally honest, you look terrible in that dress.

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