What Are Compound Adjectives?
Compound adjectives are adjectives that are made up of two or more words usually with hyphens (-) between them.
Forming Compound Adjectives
Compound adjectives can be formed as follows:
Adjective + Past participle
He was too narrow-minded and prejudiced and bigoted.
Sophie’s a high-spirited young girl.
An old-fashioned bell tinkled as he pushed open the door.
He was dancing with a short-haired woman.
The actress was so absent-minded that she fluffed her lines.
She’s very strong-willed and if she’s decided to leave school, nothing will stop her.
He proved himself a quick-witted negotiator.
Everyone says he is a kind-hearted man.
Adverb + Past Participle
He is an obedient and well-behaved child.
I come from a well-educated family.
The Republic of Malta is a small and densely-populated island nation in southern Europe.
She’s a widely-recognized expert in technology.
Our speaker tonight is a highly-respected scholar.
He walked into the brightly-lit kitchen, opened the fridge, took out a bottle of water.
Noun + Past Participle
We strolled along the sun-baked streets of Naples.
I wanted to buy my daughter the most child-wanted toy.
I noticed two middle-aged passengers.
Noun + Present Participle
United Kingdom is an English-speaking country.
We spend a fortune on the latest time-saving gadgets.
The show had a record-breaking run in the London theatre.
The waitress came round with a tray of mouth-watering cream cakes.
The film had a thought-provoking message.
Adjective + Present Participle
He was tall and quite good-looking.
The impact of divorce on children can be long-lasting.
He was stuck in a line of slow-moving traffic.
Our findings have far-reaching consequences for researchers.
Adverb + Present Participle
Writing a dictionary is a never-ending task.
Some forward-thinking politicians are proposing reforms to the educational system.
Noun + Adjective
His books are world-famous.
I’d love an ice-cold beer.
This is a smoke-free restaurant.
Adjective + Noun
A full-length portrait of the Queen hung on the wall.
It was a last-minute decision.
Noun + Noun
We have 20 part-time members of staff .
Adjective + Adjective
You can put it over frozen yogurt, fat-free ice cream, whatever you like.