English language has a variety of words for describing people, their physical appearance and way of walking. These words can be categorized into words that describe a person’s general appearance, eyes, ears, face, nose, arms, hair, height and build, etc. In this ESL lesson you will learn how to describe people and their physical characteristics.

The following is an exhaustive vocabulary list, useful for describing a person’s physical appearance. You can search by word or category to find the most suitable word for describing a person’s physical appearance.

Physical FeatureVocabulary for Description
Armlong, short, lank, lanky, bony, rounded, well-shaped
Bearingposture, bear oneself well, hold one's body upright, stooping
Buildlarge, small, powerful, slight, heavy, slim, solid, delicate, strong, spare, stocky, neat, sturdy, graceful
Cheekboneslong, high, prominent, perfect, sculptured, broken, cracked, fractured
Cheekswide, chubby, plump, hollow, sunken, with dimples, with creases, blushing, pink, rosy, scarlet, ashen, pale, pallid, pasty, cool, smooth, soft, flushed, hot, ruddy, tear-stained, wet, hamster, hamster-like, rouged, stubby, unshaven
Chinclean-shaven, double, protruding, massive, pointed, round, decided
Constitutionstrong, feeble, vigorous, frail, rugged, delicate, iron, weak (poor)
Earscurving, earlobe, lop-eared, pointed, pointy, floppy
Eye-lasheswinged, straight, thin, artificial, false, thick, short, long, curling
Eyebrowsamber, arched, bushy, dark, jet-black, heavy, thick, enquiring, querying, questioning, quizzical, cynical, sardonic, sceptical, surprised, amused, derisive, mocking, lifted, raised, pencilled, raise (knit) one's brows, shaggy, unkempt, plucked, shaped, straight, thin, well-marked
Eyelidsbig, large, heavy, hooded, drooping, swollen with tears, lower, upper, closed, half-closed, lowered
Eyesfirm, blue, brown, bulging, close-set, cross-eyed, dark, deep, deep-set, full and blood shot, gray, hazel, hazel-eyed, pale, sunken, wide-set, left / right, green, greedy, hungry, downcast, sad, solemn, soulful, cold, expressionless, glassy, glazed, lifeless, steely, vacant, penetrating, piercing, intelligent, keen, sharp, shrewd, curious, prying, anxious,, angry, cruel, fierce, mad, staring, wild, dazed, unfocused, unblinking, half-closed, narrowed, short-sighted, sightless, unseeing, dry, cloudy, misty, moist, rheumy, tear-filled, tearful, watery, soft, velvety, warm, clear, limpid, liquid, bright, brilliant, luminous, lustrous, sparkling, starry, sleepy, tired, weary, dark-ringed, exhausted, red-rimmed, bleary, bloodshot,, baggy, puffy, swollen, beady, piggy, protuberant, sunken, hooded, hollow, heavy-lidded, wide-apart, wide-set, close-set, narrow, wide, enormous, large, huge, big, golden
Face (complexion)dark, fair, florid, olive, pasty, sallow, pale, sunburnt, swarthy
Face (in general)clear-cut, clean-cut, craggy, delicate, fine, prominent, striklng, indistinct, vague, coarse, ugly, plain, ordinary, soft, small, regular, sharp, large, irregular, f ull face, profile,
Face (shape)angular, oval, square, long, round, thin, wrinkled, freckled, with a beauty spot or a mole, with a dimple in the chin, with a pointed beard and moustache
Figurewell-made, shapeless, graceful, ill-made, lithe, clumsy, superb, ordinary, perfect, flawed, lean, tat, slight, stout, neat, well-fed, bony, paunchy, slm, plump, slender, stocky
Fingersthumb, forefinger, bony, lean, skeletal, skinny,, delicate, elegant, slender, slim, chubby, fat, plump, podgy, blunt, spatulate, square-tipped, gnarled, arthritic, gentle, capable, deft, nimble, skilful, skilled, nerveless, nervous, clumsy, dirty, filthy, grubby, sticky, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, little finger, finger nail
Foreheadbroad, narrow, domed, retreating, furrowed, wrinkled, smooth, sloping, high, domed, low, large, wide, small
GaitSteady, unsteady, heavy, light, swaggering, rolling, strolling, shuffling, stumbling, waddling, walk with a stoop, a limp, halting, walk with a halt (with a limp), awkward, swaying
General appearanceapearance, looks, look, look like, resemble, take after somebody, family likeness, (not) look oneself, look wretched, look one's best, look one's age, attractive, unattractive, impressive, unimpressive, good-looking, ill favoured, pleasant-looking, unpleasant looking, pretty, repulsive, charming, ugly, lovely, common, beautiful, plain, nice, usual, handsome, unsightly, eyesore
Hairflaxen, auburn, golden, red, reddish, fair, blond(-e), ash-blond, chestnut, silvery, grey(-ing), black, jet-black, brown, brunette, dark, mop of hair, abundant, thin, luxuriant, short, spiky, thick, straight, long, bald-headed, wavy, dishevelled, crisp, cumpled, curly, mangled, silky
Hair (men's hairstyle & haircut)closely·cropped head of hair, crew cut, head of curly hair, partly bald head, bald patch, bald head
Hair (women's hairstyle)ponytail, swept-back hair, swept-up hair, pinned·up hair, bun, chignon, plaits, bunches, chaplet hairstyle, gretchen style, chaplet, coiled plaits, curled hair, falling downwards curls, shingle, shingled hair, bobbed hair, pageboy style, earphones, earphone, hair rollers, hair pin, hair spray (fixing spray)
Hairdohair-cut, hairdo, hairstyle, hairset, halrwaving, hair-dressing, grow one's hair, wash one's hair, brush one's hair, comb one's hair, wear one's hair short, shoulder-long, shoulder-length, braided, wear one's hair parted In the middle, on one side, wear one's hair In a knot, fringe (AmE: bang), knot of hair, strand of hair, wisp of hair, tuft of hair, lock, hair care, trimmed, bow, ribbon, afro look, parting, centre parting, side parting, hair drier, cap, gown
Handsbeautiful, delicate, pretty, soft, firm, soft, limp, knotted, claw-like, hairy, clammy, nervous, shaking, trembling, unsteady, steady, careless, clumsy, capable, expert, practised, skilful, skilled, open, outspread, clean, glowed, ringed, ringless,, dirty, filthy, greasy, grubby, sticky, sweaty, unwashed, frail, arthritic, gnarled, delicate, well-manicured,, coarse, rough, work-roughened, work-reddened, work-worn, plump, fat, thick, Short
Head & Neckbig, small, round, square, hold one's head high, slender, thin, thick
Jawsartificial, false, pointed, square, bottom, lower, broken, dislocated, fractured, top, upper, jutting, lantern, thrusting, slack, clenched, set, firm, strong
LegsLeg, long, short, stumpy, slender, crooked, beautiful, good, shapely (fine), muscled, muscular, powerful, strong, bow-shaped, skinny, findly, thin, bandy, hairy, lank, stout, large, small, narrow, limb
Lipsweak-willed, full, sensual, sensuous, well-shaped, parted, well-cut, thin, top, upper, bottom, lower, fleshy, thick, moist, chapped, cracked, dry, painted, compressed, firm
Marksmole, scar, dimple
Moustache, beard and whiskersside·whiskers, sideboards, sideburns, clean shaven, smooth cheeks, stubby, unshaven, stubble beard, full beard, moustache, military moustache, English-style moustache, shadow, thick, thin, bushy, clipped, curly, drooping, droopy, neat, military, pencil, handlebar, toothbrush, tufty, walrus, waxed, nicotine-stained, false
Mouthfirm, hard, strong, big, cavernous, enormous, generous, huge, large, wide, full, sensual, sensuous, well-shaped, lopsided, wet, dry, tight, gaping, half-open, cruel, hungry, swollen, toothless, full-lipped, lipless, thin, loose, slack, soft, hot, warm, stern, small, beautiful, chiselled, handsome, lovely, pretty,, strong-willed
Noseaquiline, big, bulbous, enormous, huge, large, nostrils, aristocratic, elegant, pink, red, shiny, bridge of the nose, flat, flattened, tip of the nose, curved, Roman, flat, beaky, hooked, crooked, snub, tip-tilted, narrow, thin, straight, pointed, sharp, little, small, stubby, tiny, fleshy, long, prominent, strong, turned up, upturned
Shouldersbig, broad, great, huge, manly, massive, muscled, muscular, powerful, strong, wide, tense, tight, tired, bare, square, round, bony, bowed, delicate, shapely, slim, sloping, high, narrow, thin, hollow chest, throw one's chest with pride, waist, be slim at the waist
Stature, height & shape, imposing, diminutive, short, middle-sized, be 6 feet high, be of medium / average height, tall
Stepfirm, careful, gingerly, heavy, delicate, light, brisk, quick, rapid, smart, slow, measured footstep, stride with a firm step
Teethtwisted, close-set, big, enormous, huge, sparse, even, straight, gappy, crooked, jagged, misshapen, broken, missing, needle-sharp, razor-sharp, sharp, baby, milk, wisdom, canine, savage, back, front, bottom, top, capped, false, gold, loose, wobbly, yellow, decayed, rotten, perfect, splendid, strong, white, pearl-like, pearl-white, good, healthy, uneven, prominent, sticking out, large, small, perfect, imperfect

Describing Personality and Character

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