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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these are very discriptive words

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i think no?

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Yes, they are very descriptive words. Well, not as descriptive as they could be, but they are good if you want to find another way to say a word. Although, the other words have slightly different meanings but generally all mean the category they’re under.

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