Vocabulary for Physical Description


People

Vocabulary for Physical Description

Age:

(with the verb ‘to be’)

  • twenty-one
  • a young sixty-five
  • fifty  years old
  • old
  • elderly
  • middle-aged
  • youngish
  • in her thirties
  • in her  mid-sixties
  • infant
  • toddler
  • new-born

Examples:

  • She is fifty, years old.
  • He was an elderly man in his mid-sixties.

Hair:

Colour :

  • dark
  • fair
  • blonde
  • blond
  • a red head
  • brunette
  • ginger
  • platinum blonde
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Length and style:  

  • short
  • curly hair
  • balding
  • bald
  • wavy
  • frizzy
  • crew-cut
  • short back and sides
  • length
  • feather cut
  • loose-flawing

Examples:

  • He had short, fair hair.
  • His hair is short and curly .
  • His is balding.

Eyes / Colour :

  • blue
  • brown
  • green
  • hazel

Eyes / Shape :

  • large
  • almond-shaped
  • round
  • bulging
  • squiting

Eyes / Character:

  • direct
  • laughing
  • warm
  • cold
  • close-set

Examples:

  • She has large brown eyes.  
  • His eyes are warm and laughing.

Eyebrows:

  • arched
  • pencilled
  • thin
  • heavy
  • bushy

Face:

  • smooth
  • lined
  • wrinkled round the eyes
  • oval
  • square
  • heart-shaped
  • spotty
  • high cheek bones
  • round
  • thin
  • has glasses
  • a moustache
  • a beard
  • sideburns
  • freckles
  • long face

Examples:

  • He had a round, smooth face.
  • His face was lined.

 Skin (complexion):

  • fair
  • olive
  • dark
  • tanned
  • freckled
  • blotchy
  • white
  • oily
  • dry
  • normal
  • ruddy
  • smooth
  • pock-marked
  • sallow

Other Facial Features:

Mouth :

  • wide
  • mean
  • generous
  • thin-lipped
  • thick lips
  • bow lips
  • small mouth
  • big mouth

Eyebrows:

  • bushy
  • plucked

Nose:  

  • turned up
  • a long nose
  • a French nose
  • a Greek nose
  • big nose
  • flared nostrils
  • cute
  • straight

Examples:

  • He had bushy eyebrows and a turned-up nose.
  • Her mouth was wide and generous.

Size and shape:

(with the verb ‘to be’)

  • big
  • small
  • thin
  • slim
  • slender
  • plump
  • fat
  • stout
  • overweight
  • dwarf
  • tall
  • short
  • average height
  • medium height
  • broad-shouldered
  • well-built
  • excellent figure
  • large waist
  • tiny waist
  • long legs
  • a long-legged girl

Examples:

  • She was tall and thin.
  • He is well-built.

Figure:

  • long-legged
  • flat-chested
  • flat-footed
  • knock-kneed
  • pigeon-toed
  • short-waisted
  • long-waisted

Voice:

  • deep
  • loud
  • piercing
  • husky
  • smooth
  • high
  • squeaky

Examples:

  • Her voice was loud and piercing.  
  • She had a deep voice.

Clothes / Appearance:

  • an apron
  • a suit
  • clothes that she makes herself
  • well-dressed
  • fashionable / shabby / shapeless clothes
  • handsome
  • plain
  • good-looking
  • pretty
  • untidy
  • ugly
  • scruffy

Examples:

  • Her clothes are always fashionable.  
  • He was a well-dressed man.
  • She wears shapeless clothes that she makes herself.
  • I was wearing my best suit.

Marital status:

  • married
  • single
  • divorced
  • a widow
  • a widower
  • separated
  • living apart
  • moved out
  • single parents
  • one-parent
  • family
  • foster parents
  • adoptive parents
  • guardian
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