Vocabulary Describing Physical Characteristics

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These words are used when talking about people and physical Characteristics. Each word is placed into a related category and example sentences are used to provide context. 

Age

baby - Everyone goes through a lot of diapers when they are a baby.
toddler - Toddlers take their first steps around the age of two. 
child - Having a child is one of the great joys in life.
teenager - Many teenagers have to deal with a lot of stress because of testing.

 
teens - I played a lot of sports in my teens. 
thirties / forties / fifties - Most people have settled down by their forties. 
young man / woman - That young man was very kind and gave me directions.
youth - We need to develop some more sports programs for the youth.

Age - Descriptive Adjectives

middle-aged (man / woman) - That middle-aged man asked me for directions. 
elderly (man / woman) - Take time to listen to an elderly woman. She'll teach you a lot. 
early  /mid / late - He looks like he's in his mid twenties. 
about - She's about thirty years old. 
thirty something - She told me that she's thirty something.

Describing How People Look / Seem

good-looking - He's a good-looking doctor with a wife and two kids.
beautiful - The beautiful actress turned to the cameras with a glowing smile.
pretty - He fell in a love with a pretty girl from Las Vegas. 
cute - That guy is really cute! What's his name?


handsome - The handsome actor was famous for his love of riding horses. 
glamourous - The glamourous couple climbed onto their private jet and flew to Paris.
elegant - She's an elegant woman with lots of poise. 
sophisticated - He was a sophisticated man who enjoyed many different hobbies.
ugly  - I look so ugly today!

Why don't these pimples go away!
hideous - I haven't slept in three days. I must look hideous.
unsightly - He's worried that the scar is unsightly. 

Build

fat - Unfortunately, Peter has become rather fat in his old age.
overweight - Many Americans are overweight these days.
slim - He's that slim guy standing next to Peter over there. 
thin - Angela is tall, thin and very beautiful.
skinny - Many people might say that models are skinny these days. That's very different from being slim.
plump - If you drink a lot of beer, you'll certainly become plump.
stocky - He's a tall, stocky guy that looks like a lumber jack. 
well built - Todd is very well built and looks great in a suit. 

Complexion

pale - If you spend too much time indoors, you might become very pale.  
tan - After two weeks on the beach, he was very tan. 
clear - I was happy that I finally had a clear complexion when I become twenty.
good - He has good skin. I think he'd make a great model. 
spotty - Older people often have spotty skin on their hands.
pimpled - I walked through the crowd of pimpled teenagers and knew I was in the wrong place!
freckles - The freckles on your cheeks make you so cute!
spots - I can't get rid of these spots on my hands.

 
pimples - I had so many pimples when I was a teenager. It drove me crazy!

Facial Features on Men

mustache - Curly mustaches are coming back into fashion in places like Portland.
clean-shaven - Most men in this city prefer a clean-shaven look these days. 
beard - Some men wear a beard because they're lazy and don't want to shave.

Hair

long - Alice has long blonde hair.
short - I like to wear my hair short during the summer. 
shoulder length - She has beautiful black shoulder length hair. She looks like a movie star. 
black / red / brown / grey / silver - Tom has thick black hair. 
blonde - Hollywood tends to prefer blonde women for certain types of roles. 
brunette - I have brunette, shoulder-length hair. 
white - He's gone complete white in his old age.
curly - She likes to wear her hair curly.
spiky - Some punks like to wear spiky hair.

 

Practice using this vocabulary in written descriptive paragraphs. Learn more descriptive vocabulary relating to personality with this zodiac personality exercise

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Beare, Kenneth. "Vocabulary Describing Physical Characteristics." ThoughtCo, Mar. 7, 2017, thoughtco.com/vocabulary-describing-physical-characteristics-4018889. Beare, Kenneth. (2017, March 7). Vocabulary Describing Physical Characteristics. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/vocabulary-describing-physical-characteristics-4018889 Beare, Kenneth. "Vocabulary Describing Physical Characteristics." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/vocabulary-describing-physical-characteristics-4018889 (accessed September 24, 2017).