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Talking about appearances in English.

There are many ways to talk about physical appearance and describe people in English. In this post, in this lesson Ceema provides the most common describing words (adjectives) which are used to describe people and talking about their physical appearance such as Hair, Skin, Body and Face.

Below is the List of English adjectives that are used for describing people’s looks and appearance.


  • Curly: Having irregular curves or waves in the grain.
  • Straight:  Having absolute vertical hair.
  • Blonde:   Hair with golden color or of any light shade of pale yellowish brown.
  • Wavy:  Hair having curls, curves or undulations.


  • Healthy: Someone is possessing goodskin.
  •  Pale: Skin with Whitish in complexion or of a low intensity of color; light.
  • Tanned: To make skin brown by exposure to sun.
  • Spotty: Skin having spots.
  • Olive: A yellowish green of low to medium lightness and low to moderate saturation color of skin.
  • Dark:  Skin tending towards black in comparison with other shades.
  • Fair: Skin with light complexion.


  •  Skinny: Someone who is very thin.
  • Overweight: Weighing more than normal, necessary, or allowed, especially having more body weight than is considered normal or healthy for one’s age or build.
  • Stocky: Body that is solidly built; sturdy.
  • Broad: Someone who is wide in extent from side to side.
  • Lean:  Someone who is thin but muscular.
  • Muscular: Having well-developed muscles.


  • Pretty:  Face that is pleasing or attractive in a graceful or delicate way.
  • Ugly: Face that is displeasing to the eye; unsightly.
  • Plain: Face that is average or ordinary
  • Pale: Losing the charm on the face (due to illness)
  • Narrow: A face that is small or of limited width.
  • Oval: An egg-shaped or elliptical face.

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2 thoughts on “Talking about appearances in English.”

  1. Asher says:

    Neharika, i’m having hard time understanding english language been spoken in english movies. can you help me out to solve this problem?

  2. Asher says:

    Neharika, your speaking style is soo good yar. i like it yar.
    But i found you doing some gramatical mistakes whiles speaking. I don’t mean that your english is weak or something like this, it may be happening just due to over confidence… isn’t it?

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