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Descriptive Words for an Essay

Descriptive Words for an Essay

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Published by: Santosh Sum on May 11, 2012
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Ability - Condition

able adequate alive assured bold brainy brave busy careful capable cautious clever competent concerned confident curious daring durable dynamic eager easy effective energetic fearless firm forceful gallant gentle healthy heavy important influential innocent intense inquisitive jerky knotted light lively loose lucky manly mighty modern open powerful real relaxed rich robust secure sharp shy skillful smooth spirited stable steady stouthearted super sure tame tough victorious virile zealous courageous hardy

authoritative determined heroic

outstanding strong

Anger - Hostility
agitated combative evil irritated rude

aggravated contrary aggressive angry annoyed arrogant belligerent biting blunt bullying callous cool cranky creepy cross cruel defiant enraged envious

fierce furious hard harsh hateful hostile impatient insensitive intolerant

mad mean nasty obnoxious obstinate outraged perturbed resentful rough

savage severe spiteful tense terse vicious vindictive violent wicked wrathful

disagreeable inconsiderate repulsive

Depression - Sadness - Gloom
abandoned depressed alien alienated alone awful battered blue bored burned desolate despairing despised destroyed discarded dismal forsaken gloomy glum grim homeless hopeless low miserable mistreated moody mournful obsolete ostracized ruined rundown scornful sore stranded tearful terrible

mishandled sad

despondent hated

discouraged horrible

humiliated overlooked tired

cheapened crushed debased defeated degraded dejected



pathetic pitiful rebuked regretful rejected reprimanded rotten

unhappy unloved whipped worthless wrecked

downhearted jilted downtrodden kaput dreadful estranged excluded loathed lonely lonesome lousy

demolished forlorn

affected anguished awkward baffled bewildered clumsy confused disgusted disliked displeased distrustful disturbed doubtful foolish futile helpless hindered impatient lost nauseated offended pained perplexed puzzled ridiculous sickened skeptical speechless strained suspicious swamped tormented touchy troubled ungainly unlucky unpopular unsatisfied unsure weary dissatisfied impaired

imprisoned silly

constrained grief

Fear - Anxiety
afraid agitated alarmed anxious bashful dangerous desperate dreading eerie insecure overwhelme tense d terrified timid uncomfortable uneasy upset worrying

intimidatedpanicky restless scared shaky shy strained

embarrasse jealous d fearful frightened hesitant horrified jittery jumpy nervous on edge


Inability - Inadequacy
anemic ashamed broken catatonic cowardly crippled defeated defective disabled exhausted exposed fragile frail harmless helpless impotent incapable ineffective inept inferior insecure meek powerless shaken shaky shivering sickly small unable uncertain unfit unimportant unqualified unsound useless incompetent puny

mummified strengthless vulnerable

deficient demoralized

inadequate naughty



Joy - Elation
amused blissful brilliant calm cheerful comical contented delighted ecstatic elated elevated enchanted exalted excellent excited exuberant fantastic fit funny glad glorious good gratified great happy hilarious humorous inspired jolly jovial joyful jubilant majestic marvelous overjoyed pleasant pleased proud relieved satisfied smiling superb terrific thrilled tremendous triumphant vivacious witty wonderful enthusiastic grand magnificent splendid

Love - Affection - Concern
admired adorable agreeable conscientious giving considerate cordial good helpful honest mellow mild moral reliable respectful sensitive

affectionate cooperative

neighborly sweet

altruistic amiable benign brotherly caring charming charitable congenial

courteous dedicated empathetic fair faithful forgiving friendly genuine

honorable humane interested just kind kindly lenient lovable loving

nice open optimistic patient peaceful pleasant polite receptive

sympathetic tender thoughtful tolerant trustworthy truthful understanding unselfish worthy

hospitable obliging

benevolent devoted

comforting generous

reasonable warm

amble blunder bolt bounce bound canter catapult charge clatter flow fly frolic gallop glide hasten hike hobble hop pad parade pivot plod plunge ply pounce prance prowl skim skip slide slink slither slump sneak speed sprawl toddle topple track traipse tramp travel tread trek trip

clump coast crawl creep cruise dance dart dash dawdle dive dodge drag drift duel file flee flip flit float

hurdle hurtle hurry hustle jog jump lead leap linger limp loaf lumber lunge lurch lurk march meander mosey navigate

race ramble range roam roll romp rove rush sail sashay saunter scamper scoot scuff scurry shake shimmy shuffle skate

spring sprint stagger stalk stampede step stomp straggle stretch stride stroll stumble struggle strut swagger sway swept swerve swing

tromp trot trudge tumble turn twirl twist undulate vault waddle wade walk wallow waltz wander wend wiggle wobble zip




tip toe


ample abundant chock-full copious dearth empty few heavy lavish liberal light loads lots many meager much numerous oodles paucity plentiful plenty profuse scads scant scarcity skimpy sparing sparse sufficient well-stocked

Sight - Appearance
adorable alert beautiful blinding bright brilliant broad blonde blushing chubby crooked crowded crystalline curved cute dark deep dim distinct dull fuzzy glamorous gleaming glistening glowing graceful grotesque hazy high hollow muddy murky nappy narrow obtuse round rotund pale poised quaint skinny smoggy sparkling spotless square steep stormy straight strange ugly

clean clear cloudy colorful contoured crinkled

elegant fancy filthy flat fluffy foggy

homely light lithe low misty motionless

shadowy shady sheer shiny shallow

unsightly unusual weird wide wizened

ample average behemoth big bulky colossal diminutive dwarfed elfin enormous fat giant gigantic great huge hulking immense large little long mammoth massive miniature minute petite portly prodigious puny stupendous tall tiny towering vast voluminous wee

microscopic short middle-sized small

Smell - Taste
acrid antiseptic bitter fragrant fresh juicy putrid ripe rotten sour spicy stale sweet tangy tart

choking clean delicious

medicinal nutty peppery

salty savory smoky

sticky strong stuffy

tasty tasteless

babble bang bark bawl bay beat bellow blast bleat boom / booming bray bubble buzz cackle coo / cooing hoarse crack crackle crash creak croak crow crying deafening drone drumming faint fanfare fizz hoot howl hullabaloo hum hushed husky jingle loud melodic meow mew moan mumble quack quiet raspy resonant roar rumble scream / screaming screech shriek shrill silent sizzle snap snarl thunderous tick tinkle toll toot tootle trill twang twitter voiceless wail warble wheeze whine

caw chant chatter chime chirp clangor clank clash clatter click

gibberish grating groan growl grumble grunt gurgle harsh

murmur mute mutter neigh noisy patter peal peep purr / purring

snore snort soft splash squall squeak squeal thrum thud thump

whir whisper whistle yap yell yelp zap zip

high-pitched pop hiss

ancient annual brief brisk centuries continual crawling dawn daylight decade dusk early eons evening fast flash late lengthy long modern moments noon noonday old outdated periodic punctual quick rapid short slowly speedy sunrise sunset swift tardy twilight whirlwind years yearly






boiling breezy bumpy chilly cold cool creepy crisp cuddly curly damp dirty dry dusty filthy fluffy flaky fluttering frosty fuzzy gooey greasy grubby hard hot icy loose melted plastic prickly rainy rough shaggy sharp silky slick slimy slippery slushy smooth soft solid stinging tender tight uneven waxen wet wooden yielding

sandpapery sticky

List of Descriptive Words
In order to take away the potential of such a list to become extreme overwhelming, let's break them down into several shorter components of the list of descriptive words.
General Adjectives
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hairy dusty melancholy abrupt

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tall angry grotesque monstrous miniscule

General Adverbs
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quickly hastily angrily faintly begrudgingly meagerly

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walking talking laughing playing running drinking eating making taking buying hating loving driving painting writing baking cooking mixing biking

hiking • swimming • laughing • joking • crying • diving • tying • betting • getting • hammering • nailing • jumping • preparing *There may be some confusion as to why gerunds belong with descriptive words. The answer is simple: they are often used to describe the actions of an individual. Therefore, they are descriptive words.

Words Describing People
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short large fat thin thick blue-eyed brown-eyed green-eyed brunette blond

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smart intelligent dumb stupid hungry thirsty mean nice kind friendly honest truthful comical hilarious funny tall gorgeous ugly beautiful cute adorable dependable

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reliable dishonest liar religious secular political Democrat Republican Catholic Christian Lutheran Baptist Jewish Islamic pagan Hindu Buddhist atheist agnostic student teacher police officer

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firefighter doctor nurse lawyer dependent certificated financial planner stay at home mom manager employee homemaker
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Words Describing Other Things (some could be used for people)

broken bent icey steamy warm cold hot cool chilly breezy chocolatey

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spicey salty bittery sweet sour crunchy delightful moist dangerous exciting fun milky abomination welcoming open closed blue green yellow red purple

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pink magenta orange turquoise Tiffany blue baby blue brown black caramel coffee white gray hot pink lime green strawberry red lilac seafoam cyan oval circle square

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triangle pentagon hexagon septagon decagon sextagon nonatagon rectangle prism rectaungular prism sphere globe raining pouring snowing sunny cloudy hot cold warm cool

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freezing humid breezy windy light rain thunderstorm thunder lightning downpour tornado flood hurricane tsunami earthquake blizzard torrential rain

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