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Descriptive Adjectives List for Kids

Michele Meleen
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A list of descriptive adjectives for kids can help students better understand this part of speech and improve their writing. Describing words for kids focus on adjectives children have heard of or words that are easy for them to pronounce and spell.

What Are Descriptive Adjectives and Words?

Words that describe people, places, and things, or nouns, are called adjectives. You can remember this by thinking "an adjective adds something."

  • A descriptive adjective is one of three main types of adjectives.
  • Descriptive adjectives, or describing words, give details about a subject.
  • Descriptive adjectives can help you understand how something looks, how many there are, what size it is, or what it's made of.

Examples of Descriptive Adjectives for Children

Having an extensive list of descriptive adjectives handy can help kids improve their vocabulary skills. You can look at a list of adjectives to see how some are describing words and others tell you different details about a noun.

Adjectives to Describe a Person's Appearance

If you need an adjective to describe a child or an adult, you can use words that give details about their appearance, size, or age. Try to use positive words that describe a person whenever possible.

Looks Size Age
Adorable Average Ancient
Attractive Buff Baby-faced
Beautiful Curvy Elderly
Cute Fit Mature
Gorgeous Petite Modern
Handsome Tall Old
Hot Short Senior
Lovely Skinny Young
Picture-perfect Slim Youthful

Descriptive Adjectives for Size

If you're describing a building, animal, or object, you might want to provide details about exactly what size your subject is.

Big Small Shape
Colossal Baby Broad
Enormous Itty-bitty Circular
Gargantuan Little Curved
Giant Mini Deep
Gigantic Miniature Flat
Huge Petite Hollow
Humongous Teensy Narrow
Large Teeny Square
Massive Tiny Straight
Tremendous Wee Triangular

Adjectives to Describe Personality Traits

Whether it's how an animal or a person is acting, descriptive adjectives about personalities can be fun and useful.

Adaptable Adventurous Affectionate
Aggressive Artistic Athletic
Bold Brave Calm
Cheerful Confident Clever
Determined Eager Faithful
Friendly Generous Helpful
Lively Loving Patient
Practical Relaxed Sociable
Thoughtful Trustworthy Understanding
Wild Willing Zany

Adjectives to Describe Emotions and Feelings

Kids have lots of emotions, and they're often very big feelings. Different emotion words can help you share exactly how you are feeling.

Angry Bored Content Cranky
Delighted Disappointed Exhausted Frightened
Frustrated Furious Glum Jolly
Joyful Merry Sleepy Tearful
Upset Weak Weary Worn out

Positive Descriptive Adjectives for Kids

In a world where you want to be kind and happy, positive describing words can help you be positive too.

Acceptable Agreeable Amazing Amicable
Awesome Cool Cordial Excellent
Exceptional Extraordinary Fair Friendly
Impressive Kind Likable Magnificent
Memorable Okay Outstanding Pleasant
Polite Rare Satisfied Significant
Sweet Well Wonderful Unique

Printable List of Adjectives

Keeping a printable list of adjectives handy can help kids find new words to use during writing lessons or creative writing time. This list features nine categories that cover common adjectives such as words describing feelings and words describing size. Click on the image of the list to download and print it. If you need help downloading the printable list, check out these helpful tips.

Descriptive Adjective Teaching Tips

Learning adjectives can be a challenge for kids, but it can also be really fun. Look for creative ways to share adjective examples to make the most of these grammar lessons.

  • Buy or print flash cards with descriptive adjectives on them. Hold up a picture of a person, animal, or other noun and let kids sort through the pile of cards to find a great describing word for that picture.
  • After a child writes a paragraph or short story, circle all their adjectives and challenge them to come up with new adjectives to use in place of the circled ones.
  • Use mad lib style writing activity to help kids explore a variety of adjectives with humor.
  • Encourage kids to combine adjectives when describing items like saying "the adorable, brown dog" instead of just "the dog."
  • Teach your child to use a thesaurus or kid's dictionary to liven up their writing and keep lists of new adjectives they discover.
  • You can also try banning certain generic adjectives to help your child think outside the box to make his writing more lively.

Describe in Detail

Writing in elementary school is important because this is the time when kids really build their own vocabulary and writing style. Each descriptive adjective means something very specific, and kids can explore lists of words to find the right adjective to use at the moment. Learning to describe things using proper details will help kids improve their communication skills and have fun with the English language.

Descriptive Adjectives List for Kids