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What are Descriptive Adjectives?

Let’s first review the basics…

What Is an Adjective?

An adjective is a describing word that modifies a noun - a person, place, or thing - or pronoun.

What is a Descriptive Adjective?

The word descriptive comes from the verb describe. We already know that an adjective describes nouns and pronouns, but what makes one descriptive?

It has to do with what they describe…

What are you describing? Descriptive Adjective Descriptive Adjective Descriptive Adjective Descriptive Adjective
appearancecutehideousgorgeousfilthy
sizeginormousminisculeskinnyengorged
ageinfantileancientimmatureteenage
shaperoundhollowhexagonalpointed
personalityaggressivelaid-backpatientmagnanimous
emotionsexhaustedhorrifiedjollyirked
generalawesomemagnificentdisastrousunique

When do you use them?

Often and whenever possible! Descriptive adjectives tell the quality of the noun, and really help another person or a reader to see and experience things the way that you did. The more details you can give, the more specific a picture or feeling they will be able to get in order to understand what you’re telling them.

It’s the difference between…

It has to do with what they describe…
A catandAn enormously large, orange-and-white tabby cat
A houseandA quaint cottage with grey speckled shingles
A girlandA petite waif with wispy blonde hair and piercing blue eyes

Words make a world of difference!

List of Adjectives for Kids

Adjectives are a great way to describe the world around us. They can add color and dimension to your writing, especially when you use your five senses to really describe the sensation of your experience. Most sentences can be jazzed up by using adjectives to specify and modify nouns and pronouns.

A quick reminder…an adjective is a word that describes or modifies a noun or pronoun.

Try using some of the adjectives below to make your sentences more descriptive. It helps the person reading your words to experience the world just as you did in that very moment.

Adjectives for Kindergarteners

Color
red
orange
yellow
green
blue
purple
brown
black
pink
white
Shape
circular
square
rectangular
angled
oval
triangular
squiggly
straight
curved
round
Size
big
medium
small
tall
short
thin
wide
deep
shallow
mini
Taste
delicious
sour
sweet
tart
bitter
salty
earthy
fresh
rotten
gross
Smell
stinky
smelly
rotten
rank
baked
burned
roasted
toasted
juicy
sweet
Sound
loud
soft
banging
whispered
tinkling
clanging
beating
strumming
plucking
tapping
Texture
soft
smooth
rough
prickly
scratchy
silky
wet
slimy
squishy
cold

Adjectives for 1st Graders

Big
enormous
gigantic
huge
massive
tremendous
Small
little
mini
petite
tiny
wee
Fast
agile
rapid
quick
speedy
swift
Slow
crawling
creeping
idle
ponderous
turtlelike
Happy
cheerful
glad
joyful
merry
thrilled
Sad
down
mournful
sorry
blue
troubled
Funny
amusing
entertaining
playful
silly
jolly
Angry
annoyed
frustrated
furious
offended
stormy
Loud
powerful
deafening
roaring
thundering
crashing
Soft
faint
gentle
low
soothing
whispered
Rough
bumpy
coarse
fuzzy
scratchy
rocky
Smooth
creamy
flat
shiny
silky
velvety
Gross
disgusting
horrific
nasty
vile
revolting
Delicious
yummy
rich
tasty
spicy
scrumptious
Stinky
smelly
musty
putrid
reeking
rotten
Sweet
delicious
candied
delicious
sugared
luscious

Adjectives for 2nd Graders

busy
lazy
clumsy
brave
shy
smart
cowardly
bashful
proud
greedy
thrifty
wise
foolish
cheerful
moody
cranky
gloomy
serene
diligent
starving
tense
shocked
rapid
hasty
splendid
horrific
challenging
freezing
steaming
muggy
cozy
vast
sturdy
weak
puny
petite
endless
sparkling
glowing
twinkling
fluttering
gliding
sloppy
grimy
crispy
rusty
coarse
fuzzy
wrinkly
glassy
hideous
adorable
dreadful
amazing
cruel
gentle
shrill
muffled
creaky
splendid
truthful
loyal
trustworthy
honest
worried
frustrated
irritated
elated
depressed
melancholy
jealous
embarrassed
infuriated
hopeful
bored
dismayed
troubled
excited

Adjectives for 3rd Graders

imminent
obscene
wretched
giddy
eager
rampant
shaky
blushing
terrible
untidy
unkempt
conscious
bumpy
tawdry
graceful
adventurous
efficacious
expeditious
inconclusive
convoluted
nonsensical
inexpensive
quirky
combative
bizarre
ludicrous
violent
greasy
acidic
eccentric
absurd
zany
hilarious
quixotic
novel
hideous
capable
encouraging
noxious
insidious
cluttered
distinct
zealous
translucent
pungent
burly
infamous
jaded
colossal
colorful
loquacious
taboo
incompetent
lackadaisical
barbarous
economic
deadpan
illustrious
amiable
amicable
invincible
dull
scientific
historical
cultured
condescending
faint
optimal
dismal
festive
obedient
exuberant
mountainous
vague
feigned
elastic
savory
lush

Adjectives for 4th Graders

frothy
fertile
damp
toxic
muddled
vague
feigned
envious
erect
endurable
dilapidated
melancholy
devilish
unapologetic
delicate
fussy
ancient
brilliant
opaque
infinite
jaded
naive
nervous
prickly
optimistic
timid
whimsical
precise
stunning
abrupt
grotesque
homely
impressionable
smarmy
stale
thoughtless
trite
defiant
depraved
bulky
colossal
macho
maniacal
sarcastic
salty
hollow
icy
exhilarated
chubby
comfortable
minute
mysterious
smug
steep
zany
tense
tart
successful
lethal
lively
floppy
batty
average
attractive
cooperative
rotund
relieved
ratty
stout
thoughtless
vivid
wacky

Adjectives for 5th Graders

contemplative
cumbersome
exuberant
exquisite
scant
petty
whimsical
ludicrous
decayed
vacuous
ghastly
vigorous
diminutive
gaudy
quaint
deceitful
tawdry
vivacious
poised
gregarious
arrogant
divine
succulent
dilapidated
irresistible
agitated
swanky
condescending
exhilarated
frisky
frantic
corny
efficient
appetizing
comprehensive
impressionable
harmonious
gilded
tender
drab
just
bewildered
chivalrous
gauche
depraved
grotesque
stale
pompous
pungent
luxurious
mortified
elite
emaciated
perpetual
pompous
nonchalant
unsightly
magnanimous
depressed
miraculous
colossal
geriatric
habitual
aggressive
opulent
oblivious
smoggy
versatile
combative
dedicated
virtuous
illustrious

Adjectives for Emotions

brave
courageous
determined
encouraged
energetic
exuberant
joyful
jolly
jubilant
pleased
relieved
enchanting
annoyed
anxious
ashamed
bewildered
defeated
defiant
disgusted
envious
lonely
terrified
worried
lackadaisical
smug
dangerous
cheeky
apprehensive
ignorant
unique
foolish
delirious
frantic
gentle
onerous
impolite
ornery
troubled
voiceless
garrulous
naughty
reassured
nervous
fierce
flustered
twitterpated
sassy
woozy
obnoxious
obscene
amused
ecstatic
goofy
combative
venomous
vexed
boorish
grieving
impartial
enthusiastic
inquisitive
wicked
jittery
quixotic
hesitant
rebellious
harmonious
quizzical
astonished
intrigued
determined
obedient

Adjectives for the 5 Senses

Sight
shiny
speckled
humongous
standard
insignificant
teensy
crooked
plump
vertical
wavy
chartreuse
Sound
faint
groaning
melodic
symphonic
muffled
whining
squeaky
piercing
shrill
soothing
deafening
Taste
sour
bitter
salty
crispy
refreshing
bland
chewy
succulent
slimy
tangy
delicious
Touch
fluffy
smooth
silky
sticky
heavy
warm
freezing
chunky
spiky
bouncy
sturdy
Smell
delicious
earthy
new
stinky
pungent
foul
sweet
floral
fresh
smoky
stinky