Superlative Adjectives: Definition, Rules & Useful Examples

Superlative! Learn the superlative definition and how to use and form superlative adjectives in English with useful grammar rules, ESL pictures, and example sentences.

Superlative Adjective

Superlative Definition

When an adjective compares three or more things, the superlative form of the adjective is used. Superlatives indicate that the quality or quantity is at its highest or is most intense.

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Forming Superlative Adjectives

Learn how to form superlatives in English with examples.

One-syllable Adjectives

1. Form the superlative forms of a one-syllable adjective by adding –est.


  • long – longest
  • tall – tallest

2. If the one-syllable adjective ends with an e, just add –st for the superlative form.


  • cute – cutest
  • large – largest

3. Add –est to adjectives that end in consonant-vowel-consonant and double the last consonant.


  • big – biggest
  • hot – hottest

Two-syllable Adjectives

1. With most two-syllable adjectives, you form the superlative with most.


  • honest – most honest
  • famous – most famous

2. If the two-syllable adjectives ends with –y, change the y to i and add –est for the superlative form.


  • happy – happiest
  • crazy – craziest

3. Two-syllable adjectives ending in –er, le, or ow take –est to form the superlative forms.


  • narrow – narrowest
  • gentle – gentlest

Adjectives with Three or More Syllables

Add most to adjectives that has 3 or more syllables.

Superlative Examples:

  • expensive – most expensive
  • difficult – most difficult

Irregular Adjectives

  • good – best
  • bad – worst
  • far – farthest
  • little – least
  • many – most

Superlative Examples

List of affirmative and superlative adjectives in English.

Examples of Superlative Adjectives
Affirmative Superlative
slow slowest
fast fastest
cheap cheapest
clear clearest
loud loudest
new newest
rich richest
short shortest
thick thickest
old oldest
tall tallest
large largest
wide widest
wise wisest
nice nicest
big biggest
fat fattest
fit fittest
polite most polite
helpful most helpful
useful most useful
obscure most obscure
hungry hungriest
happy happiest
pretty prettiest
heavy heaviest
angry angriest
dirty dirtiest
funny funniest
narrow narrowest
shallow shallowest
humble humblest
gentle gentlest
clever cleverest
interesting most interesting
comfortable most comfortable
beautiful most beautiful
difficult most difficult
dangerous most dangerous
expensive most expensive
popular most popular
complicated most complicated
confident most confident
good best
bad worst
far farthest
little least
much/many most

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