Appearance and Character
Note: Words and phrases on one and the same line are NOT synonyms.
attractive, good-looking, beautiful, handsome, lovely, pretty, cute, nice;
a pretty girl; a beautiful woman; a handsome man; a good-looking man (woman, girl, boy);
plain, homely (=not good-looking; AmE), unattractive, ugly; an ugly fellow; a plain face;
a pretty (beautiful, ugly, intelligent, round, oval) face; regular features; delicate features;
well-dressed; nicely dressed; casually dressed; poorly dressed; elegant; fashionable;
neat, clean, tidy; untidy, dirty, filthy; a neat person; neat clothes.
tall, very tall, quite tall; six feet tall; not very tall; short;
he is tall; he is taller than his mother; she isn’t tall; she isn’t as tall as he is;
average height; medium height; middle height;
he is average height; she is of medium height; she is of middle height.
Weight and Build
thin, quite thin, slim, slender; skinny, underweight; a thin girl; she is thin; she is slim;
plump, chubby, stout, overweight, obese, fat; a stout woman; he is overweight;
medium-build; heavily built; thickset; broad-shouldered; he is medium-build;
a slender young girl; a slim figure; a delicate figure; delicate constitution;
strong, muscular, athletic; weak, feeble.
dark, black, brown, chestnut, red, auburn; blond, light, fair; white, gray (grey);
a brunette, a brunet; a redhead; a blonde, a blond; a dark-haired man; corn-colored hair;
long, short; medium-length; shoulder-length; she has long dark-blond hair;
straight, curly, wavy; thick, thinning, bald; she has curly hair; he is bald;
shiny, smooth, neatly combed hair; soft, silken hair; lank hair; dull hair; oily hair; greasy hair;
tousled hair; disheveled hair; plaits, ponytail; beard, mustache (moustache).
blue, gray (grey), green, brown, dark; she has blue eyes;
light-blue; dark-gray; grayish-blue; her eyes are dark brown;
big eyes; large eyes; bright eyes; expressive eyes; sharp eyes;
eyebrows, eyelashes; thick eyebrows; green eyes with dark lashes;
nearsighted, shortsighted (near-sighted, short-sighted); blind;
eyeglasses, glasses, spectacles, sunglasses; a pair of glasses; he wears glasses.
young, middle-aged, elderly, old; grown-up, adult;
he is twenty years old; she is in her thirties; he is about forty;
a child; a kid; a little boy; a little girl; a five-year-old girl; she is five years old;
a teenager; a teenage boy; a teenage girl; a young boy; a young girl;
a young man; a young woman; a middle-aged man; an old man.
Character, personality, nature
good (excellent, fine, strong, firm, weak, bad, terrible, evil) character;
traits of character; qualities; he has a terrible character; his character is very good;
a woman of great character; a man of character; he has no character at all;
pleasant (friendly, strong, weak, interesting, charismatic) personality;
she has a friendly personality; he has a lot of personality;
she is soft-hearted by nature; it is not in his nature to be rude.
Strong, honest, reliable, hardworking, active, etc.
strong, tough, hardy, mature, independent; weak, immature;
strong-minded, strong-willed, hard-headed, determined, resolute;
honest, sincere, truthful, decent, scrupulous; dishonest, insincere;
cunning, deceitful, crafty, sly, treacherous; unscrupulous;
dependable, reliable, trustworthy; faithful, loyal, devoted; true;
unreliable, untrustworthy; unfaithful, disloyal; irresponsible;
hardworking, diligent, conscientious; responsible; persevering; ambitious;
disciplined, organized, accurate, methodical, careful; thorough;
undisciplined, disorganized, inaccurate, careless; forgetful; shallow, superficial;
reasonable, sensible, rational, prudent, level-headed, practical;
just, fair, objective, impartial, unbiased; unjust, unfair; opinionated;
unreasonable, irrational; unpredictable; impractical; naive; superstitious;
active, energetic, vigorous, quick, fast; lazy, idle, slow, inert, passive, sluggish;
attentive, alert, perceptive, observant, insightful, shrewd; inattentive;
brave, bold, courageous, fearless; reckless; cautious; timid, cowardly.
Friendly, kind, polite, patient, humorous, selfish, etc.
good-natured, good-tempered, easygoing; bad-tempered; ill-natured; malevolent; mean;
friendly, amiable, amicable, sociable, outgoing; unfriendly, hostile, unsociable;
generous, noble; kind, kind-hearted, soft-hearted, unselfish; helpful; gentle;
firm, strict, stern, severe; cruel, harsh, hard-hearted; merciless, ruthless;
thoughtful, considerate; compassionate, sympathetic; tolerant; intolerant;
polite, civil, urbane, tactful; impolite, rude, tactless; well-mannered; bad-mannered;
haughty, arrogant, impudent; aggressive, pushy; stubborn, obstinate;
confident, self-confident; shy, diffident, timid, modest, humble; unassuming;
serious, calm, quiet, placid; patient; self-possessed; impatient; impulsive;
formal, official; informal, relaxed, casual, simple; sophisticated; unsophisticated;
humorous, amusing, funny, interesting; creative; inventive; dull, boring, uninteresting, tedious;
cheerful, happy, carefree; optimistic; moody, melancholic; gloomy, morose; pessimistic;
temperamental, emotional, nervous; self-conscious, sensitive, touchy;
selfish, egoistical, self-centered; inconsiderate; jealous, envious, possessive.
pretentious, self-important, vain, pompous; domineering, oppressive; unpretentious;
capricious, wayward, whimsical; mischievous; argumentative, irritable, quarrelsome;
critical, exacting, fault-finding; pedantic; docile, dutiful, obedient; disobedient;
talkative; glib; noisy; reserved, reticent; laconic; taciturn; silent; secretive;
economical, thrifty, frugal, tight, stingy, miserly, greedy; wasteful, prodigal, extravagant;
strange, odd, weird, eccentric, crazy; normal, ordinary, regular.
intelligent, wise, clever, smart; sharp, keen, bright, quick, agile;
broad-minded; open-minded; narrow-minded; small-minded; absent-minded;
a sharp mind; a quick mind; he is intelligent and broad-minded;
foolish, silly, stupid, dumb; dull, slow; crazy, insane, mad; he is foolish.
Related phrases and examples in sentences
What does she look like?
She is young and good-looking, with dark eyes and long red hair.
He is tall and thin, with brown hair. He is twenty-five years old.
She is average height, dark-haired, quite thin, and wears glasses. She’s about fifty.
She is of medium height, with straight black hair and brown eyes.
He is old, short, medium-build, with gray hair and a beard.
She has dark eyes, wavy blond hair, and a nice figure. She looks great.
He is a handsome middle-aged man. She is a pretty young girl.
How do I look?
You look good. You look great. You look nice.
You look terrible. You look awful.
What is he like?
He is friendly and dependable. He is interesting and amusing.
He is smart and honest. He also has a good sense of humor. I like him.
She is careless and lazy. You can’t depend on her.
She is serious, organized, hardworking, and tough.
He is old, sick, and lonely. She is a nice clever girl.
His character is terrible. He is hostile and bad-tempered. He doesn’t have many friends.
She is knowledgeable and broad-minded, and she likes to help young people.
Who does he take after, his mother or his father?
He takes after his father in appearance, but he is like his mother in character.
He looks like his mother, but he takes after his father in character.
Like his father, he is tall and handsome.
She takes after her mother. She has the same chestnut hair and green eyes.
What does he like?
He likes ice cream and chocolate. She likes apples and oranges.
She likes modern music. He likes old movies and classical music.
She likes to read. He likes to play with his dog.
What are you interested in?
I’m interested in medicine. He is interested in politics. She is interested in history.
I’m interested in sports. I’m into computers. I’m a movie fan. I like rock music.
Other related words
Note: Some of the words below are informal or slang words; some of them may be perceived as offensive.
a bookworm; a history buff; a sports fan; a music fan; a movie fan; a TV addict;
a computer whiz kid; a computer freak; a number-cruncher;
a fashion plate; a dandy; a fashionmonger; a warmonger; a newsmonger; a scaremonger;
a junk collector; a pack rat; a miser; a squanderer; a spendthrift; a spender;
a homebody; a couch potato; lazybones; a workaholic; a Jack of all trades;
an adventurer; a thrill seeker; an oddball; a weirdo; a chatterbox; a scatterbrain; a teaser;
a prude; a hypocrite; a chronic liar; a gambler; a smooth operator; a city slicker; a simpleton;
a superachiever; an underachiever; a winner; a loser; a tough guy; a softy;
a woman-chaser; a womanizer; a ladies’ man (a lady’s man);
a black sheep; a scapegoat; a scarecrow; a white crow; a night owl.
Weight and Height
1 pound (lb.) = 0.4536 kilograms (kg)
He weighs 170 pounds. (Read as “one hundred and seventy pounds” or “one hundred seventy pounds”.)
He weighs 77 kilograms. (seventy-seven kilograms)
Her weight is 132 pounds. (one hundred thirty-two pounds)
Her weight is 59.9 kilograms. (Read as “fifty-nine point nine kilograms”.)
Her weight is about 60 kilograms. (sixty kilograms)
1 inch (in.) = 2.54 centimeters (cm)
1 foot (ft.) = 12 in. = 30.48 cm = 0.3048 m
He is six feet tall. He is 183 centimeters tall. (one hundred eighty-three centimeters)
She is five feet three inches tall. She is five foot three.
She is 160 centimeters tall. (one hundred sixty centimeters)
Her 12-year-old son is about 5 feet tall and weighs about 88 pounds. (eighty-eight pounds)
Her twelve-year-old son is about a hundred and fifty centimeters tall and weighs about forty kilograms.