Descriptive Words: Hundreds of Descriptive Adjectives & Adverbs with Examples

When speaking or writing in the English language you are going to need to use descriptive words. But what are these types of words and how can we use them? We will look at the answers to these questions and look at examples of the different types of descriptive words.

Descriptive Words

What Is A Descriptive Word?

A descriptive word is a word which is used to describe something, that something could be a person, a place, a situation or an item amongst other things. These words enable you to better explain the condition of something, for example if you were talking about a person, you might use descriptive words to explain how that person looks. If you were talking about a country, you would use descriptive words to talk about the size of the country for example.

A descriptive word can also help you to intensify the meaning of a word or phrase.

Types of Descriptive Words

What types of descriptive words are there? There are two main types of descriptive words. Adjectives and adverbs . Let?s look at each of these types of descriptive words in a little more detail.

Descriptive Adjectives

An adjective is used to modify or describe a noun. The adjective can give more information about a noun such as things like its size, shape, texture or colour.

An adjective is useful when there are a selection of the same objects which have subtle differences, for example if there were a group of fish, each one a different colour. You are asked ?which fish do you like?? You can reply to this question by simple using the adjective, and you could say ?the blue one.?

Here are a few examples of adjectives in use;

The woman is tall.

That car is rather large .

There is a red card on the table.

I prefer the hot weather.

It is a bit damp in the garden shed.

The man is American.

We like to go to the pretty forest.

The beach is clean.

Our hotel was luxurious.

I fond the subject to be tiresome.

The Harry Potter books were magical.

The bird is beautiful.

There will be a solar eclipse next week.

It is worth noting that an adjective is likely end with the following letters;

-al-typical, maniacal

-an-Australian, urban

-ar-popular, clear, lunar

-ent-decent, magnificent

-ful-beautiful, blissful

-ic-athletic, majestic

-ical-magical, fantastical

-ine-feminine, ovine

-ile-immobile, juvenile

-ive-aggressive, adaptive

-less-colourless, thoughtless

-ous-ginormous, luminous

-some-awesome, boresome

However, as with many grammar rules there are exceptions and so sometimes an adjective might not fall into one of these categories. Some of the less common endings for adjectives can be -ing, -er, -y, -ary, -ate.

These types of descriptive words can appear anywhere in a sentence.

Descriptive Adverbs

An adverb is the other type of descriptive word that we are going to look at. An adverb is a word which can further explain an adjective or many other types of words such as verbs, phrases, sentences or even other adverbs. This type of descriptive word is more often than not, placed directly before or after the verb in the sentence you are creating. Usually you will find that an adverb ends in the letters -ly, but as with the adjectives, this rule can waiver from time to time and not all adverbs will end in these letters.

Here are some examples of adverbs in a sentence.

The super car drives quickly.

My cat mewed hungrily.

The girls sang happily.

Parrots speak noisily.

Farmers work messily.

He rapidly swam across the ocean.

My daughter dutifully brings me my slippers every night.

The girl sang the opera beautifully .

I find that he draws terribly.

The cow is enormously heavy.

She always drives her car carefully.

You can also use two adverbs together to form an adverb phrase, here are some examples of this.

I saw a dog walking very carefully along a beam.

I find language learning incredibly easy.

The words many, much, very and more can also be used as adverbs, in an example like one of the following;

Many people will visit the park today.

I find it very annoying.

Much of the food was eaten.

I like to have more time to sleep.

An adverb is used to intensify the meaning of a word, quite often a adjective and to add more information about it.

Examples of Descriptive Words

List of Descriptive Words

Descriptive Adjectives

Here is a comprehensive list of descriptive adjectives.

abandoned

able

academic

active

admirable

adorable

adventurous

acclaimed

accomplished

acrobatic

afraid

aggresive

agile

alarmed

ample

amused

ancient

angelic

angry

babyish

bad

baggy

beloved

bewitched

bitter

blank

bleak

blind

boring

bouncy

brave

bright

brilliant

buoyant

burly

busy

buttery

buzzing

calm

carefree

careful

cautious

cavernous

chubby

classic

clean

clear

clever

cloudy

cluttered

coarse

clumsy

cold

colourful

comfortable

common

composed

concerned

conventional

crowded

cuddly

curly

damaged

dangerous

dark

dazzling

dear

decent

deep

defiant

delicious

delirious

demanding

dense

devoted

dim

dirty

disfigured

early

easy

adible

elastic

elderly

electric

elementary

embellished

emotional

empty

enchanted

energetic

ethical

euphoric

everlasting

evil

exotic

fashionable

faithful

famous

fancy

fatal

fearful

female

filthy

firm

flat

flawed

flustered

focused

foolhardy

gregarious

grim

handsome

handy

intelligent

intrepid

joyful

jubilant

keen

kooky

lanky

lazy

limp

luxurious

mediocre

mellow

miserable

nocturnal

naive

nasty

nautical

neat

needy

negative

nervous

nice

organic

ornate

ordinary

powerless

practical

precious

puzzled

questionable

quirky

ragged

rapid

ready

recent

red

regal

reliable

sad

sandy

sane

scarce

scented

scornful

secret

selfish

Descriptive Adverbs

Now we have a list of adverbs.

accidentally

awkwardly

always

anxiously

angrily

apathetically

amusingly

assertively

badly

blindly

boastfully

boldly

bravely

brightly

begrudgingly

blissfully

cheerfully

coyly

cooly

crazily

defiantly

deftly

deliberately

devotedly

doubtfully

dramatically

dutifully

eagerly

elegantly

enormously

evenly

eventually

exactly

faithfully

finally

foolishly

faintly

frequently

frivolously

gleefully

gracefully

greedily

happily

hastily

honestly

hopelessly

hourly

hungrily

innocently

inquisitively

irritably

intelligently

jealously

justly

kindly

lazily

loosely

madly

merrily

mortally

mysteriously

meagerly

methodically

neglectfully

nervously

never

normally

obediently

obnoxiously

occasionally

often

only

perfectly

politely

poorly

powerfully

promptly

pointlessly

quickly

rapidly

rarely

regularly

rashly

rudely

safely

seldom

selfishly

seriously

shakily

sharply

silently

slowly

solemnly

sometimes

speedily

sternly

tactfully

tragically

technically

tediously

unexpectedly

usually

vacantly

victoriously

vivaciously

vividly

warmly

wearily

weekly

wildly

weirdly

yearly

youthfully

zealously

Synonyms for Common Descriptive Words

INTERESTING

Absorbing

Amusing

Captivating

Compelling

Diverting

Engaging

Engrossing

Entertaining

Enthralling

Fascinating

Gripping

Intriguing

Riveting

Striking

AMAZING

Astonishing

Awesome

Breathtaking

Brilliant

Extraordinary

Fabulous

Fantastic

Incredible

Marvelous

Overwhelming

Phenomenal

Prodigious

Remarkable

Significant

Spectacular

Staggering

Stunning

Stupendous

Tremendous

Unbelievable

Unexpected

Unimaginable

Wonderful

NICE

Admirable

Amiable

Charming

Congenial

Considerate

Courteous

Delightful

Enjoyable

Gracious

Kind

Lovely

Pleasant

Pleasing

Pleasurable

GREAT

Awesome

Excellent

Exceptional

Extraordinary

Incredible

Magnificent

Marvelous

Outstanding

Phenomenal

Spectacular

Superb

Superior

Terrific

Wonderful

HAPPY

Amused

Blissful

Bright

Charmed

Cheerful

Contented

Delighted

Eager

Ecstatic

Elated

Enthusiastic

Excited

Exultant

Glad

Gleeful

Hopeful

Joyful

Loving

Marvelous

Merry

Optimistic

Overjoyed

Pleased

Positive

Satisfied

Thrilled

GOOD

Amazing

Excellent

Exceptional

Fantastic

Marvelous

Outstanding

Pleasant

Splendid

Stupendous

Super

Terrific

Wonderful

FUNNY

Amusing

Comical

Droll

Entertaining

Farcical

Gleeful

Goofy

Hilarious

Humorous

Hysterical

Jocular

Laughable

Ludicrous

Nonsensical

Sidesplitting

Whimsical

BAD

Awful

Crummy

Despicable

Disagreeable

Disgraceful

Dreadful

Horrible

Lousy

Nasty

Naughty

Outrageous

Rotten

Terrible

Unpleasant

Wicked

Wretched

SMALL

Diminutive

Little

Mini

Miniature

Minute

Petite

Skimpy

Slight

Teeny-weeny

Tiny

Wee

IMPORTANT

Consequential

Critical

Crucial

Decisive

Essential

Eventful

Extensive

Far-reaching

Fundamental

Great

Imperative

Key

Major

Paramount

Serious

Significant

Substantial

Urgent

Vital

RICH

Affluent

Deep-pocketed

Fat cat

Flush

In the money

Loaded (Slang)

Moneyed

Opulent

Prosperous

Wealthy

Well-fixed

Well-heeled

Well-off/better off (informal)

Well-to-do

SAD

Blue

Cheerless

Dejected

Depressed

Desperate

Discouraged

Disgusted

Downcast

Forlorn

Frustrated

Gloomy

Hateful

Heartbroken

Heavy

Melancholy

Miserable

Mournful

Somber

Sorrowful

Tearful

Unhappy

Upset

Weepy

Woeful

Wretched

KIND

Amiable

Attentive

Avuncular

Benevolent

Benign (formal)

Caring

Compassionate

Congenial

Considerate

Friendly

Generous

Gentle

Gracious

Kindhearted

Nice

Sympathetic

Thoughtful

ATTRACTIVE

Alluring

Beautiful

Cute

Glamorous

Good-looking

Gorgeous

Handsome

Lovely

Pretty

Stunning

REALLY

Certainly

Easily

Genuinely

Honestly

Positively

Precisely

Truly

Undoubtedly

Unmistakably

Unquestionably

Verily

VERY

Absolutely

Acutely

Awfully (informal)

Decidedly

Deeply

Eminently

Exceedingly

Excessively

Greatly

Highly

Jolly (Br.E)

Noticeably

Particularly

Profoundly

EXTREMELY

Really

Remarkably

Seriously

Significantly

Singularly

Supremely

Terribly

Terrifically

Thoroughly

Tremendously

Truly

Uncommonly

Unusually

NORMALLY

Almost always

As a general rule

As a rule

By and large

Commonly

For the most part

Generally

In general

In the general run of things

Mainly

Most of the time

Mostly

Ordinarily

Usually

QUICKLY

Swiftly

Rapidly

Hurriedly

Speedily

Fast

Quick

Hastily

Briskly

At high speed

Apace (literary)

At full speed

SERIOUSLY

All joking aside

Honestly

In earnest

No joking (informal)

Sincerely

To be serious

Truly

Truthfully

KINDLY

Affectionately

Agreeably

Cordially

Generously

Graciously

Helpfully

Lovingly

Obligingly

Politely

Tenderly

Thoughtfully

FINALLY

At last

At length

At long last

At the end of the day

At the last

At the last moment

Eventually

In the end

In the long run

Ultimately

In conclusion

ONLY

At a push

At most

But

Just

Merely

No more than

Nothing but

Purely

Simply

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