What Are Compound Adjectives?
Compound adjectives are adjectives that are made up of two or more words usually with hyphens (-) between them.
Compound adjectives can be formed as follows:
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Adjective + Past participle
I can’t stand narrow-minded people who are intolerant of new ideas.
The students gave a high-spirited musical performance.
We had lunch in an old-fashioned restaurant.
He was dancing with a short-haired woman.
His absent-minded comment hurt his sister’s feelings.
She’s a strong-willed woman who won’t stop until she gets what she wants.
The quick-witted detective solved the crime before anyone else had a clue.
A kind-hearted stranger helped us find the train station.
Adverb + Past Participle
They have three well-behaved children.
A lot of well-educated people are still having trouble finding jobs.
This densely-populated area has the highest crime rates in the country.
She’s a widely-recognized expert in technology.
Our speaker tonight is a highly-respected scholar.
We live on a brightly-lit street in the city center.
Noun + Past Participle
We strolled along the sun-baked streets of Naples.
I wanted to buy my daughter the most child-wanted toy.
A lot of middle-aged men are dissatisfied with their lives.
Noun + Present Participle
United Kingdom is an English-speaking country.
These time-saving techniques will help you work more efficiently.
The athlete’s record-breaking performance won him the gold medal.
There was a variety of mouth-watering desserts at the wedding reception.
It was a thought-provoking novel.
Adjective + Present Participle
Who’s that good-looking guy over there?
This long-lasting makeup will keep you looking lovely day and night.
I was stuck in slow-moving traffic for over an hour.
The new law will have far-reaching effects in the economy.
Adverb + Present Participle
Learning a language seems to be a never-ending process.
Some forward-thinking politicians are proposing reforms to the educational system.
Noun + Adjective
We had dinner at a world-famous Italian restaurant.
There’s nothing better than drinking an ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day.
This is a smoke-free restaurant.
Adjective + Noun
The director produced his first full-length movie in 1998.
It was a last-minute decision.
Noun + Noun
We have 20 part-time members of staff .
Adjective + Adjective
These fat-free cookies are delicious!