Want a more descriptive English vocabulary? Adjectives are what you need!
By using some of these illustrative words, you’ll communicate more clearly and precisely.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Starting with the basics will take you a long way.
Read on as we go through 50 of the most-used adjectives in English so you can build some detail into your vocabulary!
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Top 50 adjectives in English
|1. Able||Having what is required (e.g., money or skills) to do something |
When I was young, I was able to stand on my head.
|2. Angry||Being very annoyed or upset|
If I’m late for class again, the teacher is going to be angry.
|3. Bad||Unpleasant; causing problems|
I don’t recommend that new restaurant. The food is really bad.
|4. Best||Superior to all others|
Spring is the best season because the days get longer and warmer.
|5. Better||Superior to someone or something else|
He’s a very good dancer but she’s even better!
Recovered after an illness or injury
I heard you were sick last week. I hope you’re feeling better now.
|6. Big||Large in size|
I’m not hungry for dinner yet – I had a big lunch.
|7. Busy||Occupied with activities or work|
We haven’t seen each other in weeks! We’ve both been so busy.
Full of people
Let’s get to the beach before it gets too busy so we get a good parking spot.
|8. Clear||Very obvious|
We should cancel the party. It’s clear the weather will be terrible that day.
|9. Different||Not the same|
We have pizza every week – let’s try something different tonight!
|10. Early||Before the expected time |
Your work shift doesn’t start for another hour. Why are you here so early?
At or near the beginning of a period of time
My mother likes to wake up early in the morning to see the sun rising.
|11. Easy||Not difficult|
Don’t worry about the exam; you’ve studied a lot. It’ll be easy for you!
|12. Excellent||Extremely good|
That movie was excellent! I’m going to watch it again.
|13. Free||Not costing money|
My city has lots of free outdoor events in the summer.
We’d love to see you – are you free for lunch tomorrow?
We have one more full day to explore London before flying home tomorrow.
Containing as much as possible with no empty space
Can you please empty the compost bin? It’s full.
|15. Good||Pleasant; causing no problems|
My parents had an easy time raising me. I was a good kid!
|16. Great||Better than good; of a very high quality |
I scheduled a visit with that dentist downtown. I hear she’s great.
I’m not a very good cook. I find it hard to follow a recipe.
Solid; not soft
I love everything about camping – except sleeping on the hard ground!
|18. High||Being a great distance from the bottom |
Look at the view from up here! We’re so high above the city.
|19. Huge||Extremely big|
Canada is a huge country with quite a small population.
|20. Important||Very meaningful, valuable or powerful|
Bees are a very important part of the ecosystem.
|21. International||Involving two or more countries|
You have to be at the airport three hours before an international flight.
|22. Late||Before the expected time|
Sorry I’m late! There was so much traffic on the way here.
Happening at or near the end of a period of time
Don’t stay up too late or you’ll be tired in the morning.
|23. Little||Small in size or amount|
I’m sorry, but you’re not qualified for this job. You have too little experience.
|24. Local||Relating to a specific area such as a neighbourhood or city|
My favourite part of travelling to a new place is meeting the local people.
|25. Long||Measuring a great distance from one end to the other|
You need to get your hair cut – it’s getting too long!
Continuing for a great amount of time
Do we have enough snacks in the car? This is going to be a long drive.
|26. Low||Not rising a great distance|
I can’t get up from your sofa – it’s too low!
|27. Loud||Making a lot of noise|
I always wear earplugs to concerts because they’re so loud.
|28. Major||Very important, serious or big|
Moving from a big city to a small town was a major life change for me.
|29. National||Involving an entire country|
Our team is playing in the national basketball championships this year!
|30. New||Recently created, bought or rented|
I’m so excited! My sister has a new baby!
|31. Old||Having existed for a long time|
I’m glad they’re finally replacing the old library – that building isn’t safe.
|32. Only||Alone in a category; having no others like it|
When my mom started working, she was the only female engineer in her company.
|33. Open||Not closed; able to be entered|
Let’s get some coffee. I know a restaurant that’s open all night.
|34. Other||Referring to a thing or person that’s different from the one that’s already known or mentioned|
Do you have any other wine? This kind is too sweet for me.
|35. Personal||Belonging to or affecting a particular person|
Don’t get mad! I was just sharing my personal opinion.
|36. Political||Relating to government or politics|
I always try to avoid political discussions at family dinners.
|37. Possible||Able to happen, be done or exist|
It’s possible that there’s life on other planets.
|38. Public||Relating to most of the people in a city, country, etc.|
The mayor said the new policies would increase public safety.
|39. Real||Not fake or artificial|
Is that a real Louis Vuitton bag? How much did it cost?
|40. Recent||Having happened or started not long ago|
They’ve made some recent changes at work and everyone is much happier.
|41. Right||Socially or morally correct|
You need to return the money you found. It’s the right thing to do.
Accurate; in agreement with the truth
Can you help me with this math problem? I can’t get the right answer.
|42. Small||Little in amount or size|
All I need is a small cup of coffee to wake me up in the morning.
|43. Social||Happy to talk to and be around people|
My sister is much more social than me. I prefer to stay home and read.
Relating to people or society
I think poverty is one of the biggest social issues we face.
|44. Special||Different from what is normal (often in a good way)|
I’d like to get her a special gift to celebrate her graduation.
|45. Strong||Mentally or physically powerful|
I can’t believe you lifted that table by yourself – you’re so strong!
|46. Sure||Not having any doubt; certain|
Are you sure you locked the door when we left?
|47. True||In agreement with facts|
Is it true that you’ve never owned a television?
|48. Weird||Strange or unusual|
Some people call me weird, but I think that’s better than being boring!
|49. Whole||Complete; all of the parts|
Did you eat the whole pizza? That was for everyone!
|50. Young||In an early stage of life|
You don’t need to choose a career yet. You’re still young.
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