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90 Adjectives to Describe People’s Character

Here are 90 adjectives to describe people’s character to help you express your thoughts better.

Adventurous

eager and willing to try new things.

  • Brian was an adventurous young man, always ready to embark on a new enterprise.

Aggressive

behaving in an angry manner, violent.

  • He is a fast and aggressive player. 

Ambitious

having a strong desire to be successful, rich, …

  • I agree that Anne is ambitious but she is also lazy, so I doubt she will be successful.

Boring

not interesting, dull.

  • People in my office are so boring. 

Bossy

a person who tends to give orders to others.

  • People at work don’t like her. She’s too bossy and interfering.

Brave

strong and fearless in the face of danger.

  • Mary was so brave to learn to drive at 55.

Bright

intelligent.

  • Tom’s children are quite bright, they’ve got the best grades at school.

Calm

serene, peaceful, free from anxiety.

  • After the sauna treatment, Sofia felt calm and relaxed.

Charming

pleasant, likeable.

  • Your friend is very charming but has a rather strange way of dressing.

Cheerful

happy, joyous, optimistic.

  • A cheerful waiter brought us our drinks and danced away to the bar.

Childish

behaving in an immature way.

  • Will you stop being childish and start behaving like an adult person?

Compassionate

showing compassion, sympathetic.

  • Ryan was a good listener and compassionate man.

Confident

certain of your skills and abilities.

  • Mark is a confident speaker.

Considerate

thoughtful and kind.

  • He’s always considerate towards children and elderly people.

Conservative

resisting change.

  • They always go on holiday to Turkey. They don’t want to visit new places. They’re so conservative.

Creative

original and imaginative.

  • The advert says that they need talented and creative designers for the job.

Curious

interested in exploring and learning new things.

  • Simon was so curious to know all about the country they were visiting.

Decisive

capable of making decisions quickly and effectively.

  • If you want the employees to respect you, then you must be decisive.

Determined

not letting anyone prevent you from doing what you want.

  • Sarah is a totally determined lady. She’ll never allow her children to be lazy.

Diligent

doing things carefully and in a detailed manner.

  • Cheryl was a diligent worker. She always did her work with great care and concentration.

Dishonest

opposite of honest, deceitful.

  • It turned out that Sean is dishonest because he lied about his work experience at the job interview.

Eager

strongly wanting to have or do something.

  • New students were all eager to study new things.

90 Adjectives to Describe People’s Character

Energetic

full of energy.

  • Martin was one of those people who are energetic all day long.

Extroverted

outgoing person who is confident around other people.

  • Diana has always been an open and extroverted person. 

Faithful

loyal and supportive.

  • Ryan is a loyal and faithful man. We’re lucky to have him as a member of our party.

Forgetful

forgetting things easily.

  • Maria is becoming forgetful probably because of working too much.

Friendly

pleasant and kind.

  • Our neighbours are so friendly. They have always been there for us.

Funny

humorous and amusing.

  • Jay Malone is the funniest comedian I’ve ever seen.

Generous

willing to give money or presents to someone.

  • David is such a generous man. He always gives money to charities.

Gentle

calm and kind.

  • Nurse Karen is a gentle lady. 

Greedy

always wanting more than you need.

  • That politician is ambitious, dishonest and greedy.

Gregarious

a person who likes spending time in other people’s company.

  • Amy was a gregarious, outgoing, lively girl.

Grumpy

a bad-tempered person who complains too much.

  • Some people are grumpy when they wake up.

Gullible

easily persuaded to believe something and easily tricked.

  • Lisa tends to buy things she sees in commercials. She’s so gullible.

Hard-working

tend to work a lot.

  • Laura is a responsible, hard-working lawyer.

Helpful

useful, ready to help.

  • Our neighbours are kind and helpful.

Honest

a person who’s telling the truth and therefore can be trusted.

  • Colin is an honest man, I think we can trust him.

Hostile

opposite of friendly.

  • The protesters looked a bit hostile, so we were afraid to pass by them.

Humble

modest, not believing that you’re important.

  • Although he was the best in class he was still very humble.

Ignorant

lacking information and knowledge.

  • Some people in that country are so ignorant that they can’t read or write.

Immature

 behaving in a way typical for someone younger, childish.

  • Chris is rather immature for his age, don’t you agree?

90 Adjectives to Describe People’s Character

Impatient

easily irritated and annoyed.

  • He should have never become a teacher. He’s so impatient.

Independent

not controlled by anybody or anything.

  • Although only 18, she’s completely independent, having a steady job and her own apartment.

Intelligent

able to understand and learn easily.

  • Helen is a very intelligent and hard-working student. She’s never failed an exam.

Introverted

Quiet and shy.

  • I think he is too introverted to be a DJ.

Intuitive

being able to understand something based on your feelings and emotions rather than facts.

  • I’ve heard that astrologists often rely on their intuition rather than facts.

Judgmental

tend to criticize people too quickly.

  • Our boss is so judgmental. Hardly anyone likes him.

Kind

Helpful, caring, generous.

  • They were so kind that they let us stay in their beach bungalow for free.

Lazy

unwilling to work.

  • Bob was the laziest person I’ve ever met.

Mature

sensible, emotionally developed.

  • April is very mature for her age.

Mean

unpleasant, cruel, stingy.

  • Our landlord is a mean old man. We’ve been freezing all winter in our apartment.

Modest

not showing off about your success, being humble.

  • Although a valedictorian, he’s so modest about his achievements.

Moody

a person who changes moods easily.

  • Teenagers can be so moody sometimes. 

Motivated

keen and enthusiastic about achieving something.

  • No wonder employees in that company are highly motivated. Their salaries are very good.

Neat

people who like to keep everything in perfect order.

  • Tim is such a neat man. His flat is always in good order.

Nervous

stressed, worried, anxious.

  • He was an overly sensitive and nervous person.

Optimistic

positive and hopeful about the future.

  • A new president is an optimistic man.

Organized

plan and keep things carefully and neatly.

  • My secretary is a highly organized lady.

Passionate

having strong feelings and interests about something.

  • Sally was very passionate about her religion.

90 Adjectives to Describe People’s Character

Patient

a person capable of waiting calmly.

  • Although very young, Pamela is a patient and diligent person.

Pensive

quiet and thinking about something in a serious way.

  • My late aunt was a quiet and pensive person.

Pessimistic

believing that bad things will happen rather than good.

  • Diana is a depressed, pessimistic girl.

Polite

behaving in a pleasant socially acceptable way.

  • Sean has always been a polite young man.

Practical

focused on real situations rather than imaginary.

  • What they need is someone experienced and practical to get the country out of the crisis.

Proud

a person who has respect for themselves.

  • Although poor, he’s a very proud man.

Quiet

mild and discreet.

  • His parents were quiet people in their seventies.

Realistic

having realistic and practical beliefs and ideas.

  • Brian is always realistic about what he can and cannot do.

Reliable

someone you can trust.

  • She’s never late; she’s so reliable.

Reserved

not showing your feelings, shy.

  • He was a quiet reserved man who liked to keep himself for himself.

Respectful

showing respect for others.

  • We taught our children to be respectful of elderly people.

Responsible

morally acceptable for good judgment and correct behaviour.

  • Mark was a highly responsible manager.

Rude

impolite and offensive.

  • There were a few really rude children in that class.

Selfish

thinking only about your own advantage rather than others’.

  • Everyone in the village thought he was a selfish man because he thought exclusively about his own good.

Sensible

having good judgment.

  • You can rely on her to babysit for you. She’s a very sensible girl.

90 Adjectives to Describe People’s Character

Serious

a thoughtful, quiet person who doesn’t laugh a lot.

  • Mildred was a serious child.

Shy

feeling uncomfortable around people.

  • He didn’t ask her out because he is shy.

Skilful

good at doing something.

  • Gary was a skilful swimmer.

Strict

limiting people’s freedom by imposing principles and rules of behaviour.

  • His parents were very strict.

Stingy

unwilling to spend money.

  •  I won’t go out with Pete. He’s a stingy man who never pays for his drinks. 

Stubborn

refusing to change your attitude or opinion despite all arguments.

  • Once he makes up his mind, Dennis can be very stubborn.

Superficial

a person who never thinks about serious matters.

  • He is polite but very superficial.

Sympathetic

showing care for someone’s suffering.

  • Laura is a very sympathetic woman. She’s always emotional about the refugees.

Talented

having an ability to be good at something.

  • Tom is a talented writer.

Talkative

tend to talk a lot.

  • Sheila is such an amusing, talkative woman.

Thoughtful

a person who considers things with great care.

  • Will is so attentive and thoughtful.

Tidy

Neat, tends to keep things in order.

  • Simona was neat and tidy person.

Timid

Shy and nervous.

  • Despite being talented he was a rather timid child.

Tolerant

willing to accept other people’s opinions and behaviour.

  • The job is for tolerant and open-minded people.

Trustworthy

A person who deserves to be trusted.

  • The politician I’m voting for is reliable, honest and trustworthy.

Vain

overly proud of their looks or position.

  • Linda was a vain, egotistical woman.
90 adjectives to describe people’s character

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2 Comments

Grace Telley Amartey · 7 May 2022 at 5:47 pm

Thanks for helping me to improve my grammar

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