How to Describe People in Italian

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These words are mainly adjectives so you need to agree with the noun.

Describing someone’s Appearance – Describe People in Italian

General appearance:

Bello/bella (good looking)

  • un uomo bello
  • una donna bella

Carino/carina (pretty/nice)

bello How to Describe People in Italian

Brutto/brutta (ugly)

  • un uomo brutto
  • una donna brutta
brutto How to Describe People in Italian

Elegante (well-dressed)

  • una donna elegante
  • un uomo elegante

Adj ending in -e don’t change in masculine and feminine

elegante How to Describe People in Italian

Attraente (attractive)

  • una ragazza attraente
  • un ragazzo attraente

Adj ending in -e don’t change in masculine and feminine

attraente How to Describe People in Italian


Alto/alta (tall)

  • una ragazza alta
  • un uomo alto

Basso/bassa (short)

Quanto sei alto? Sono alto un metro e settanta/1.70 cm (How tall are you? I’m 170 cm tall)

Use the verb “essere” to talk about height

alto basso How to Describe People in Italian


Magro/magra (slim)

Grasso/grassa (overweight)

  • una ragazza magra
  • un uomo grasso
magra grassa How to Describe People in Italian

Muscoloso/muscolosa (muscular)

  • una ragazzo muscoloso


  • una ragazza gracile

Adj ending in -e don’t change in masculine and feminine

muscoloso How to Describe People in Italian


In Italian “capelli” it’s a plural word –> i capelli

When you add the adjective of the colour it must agree with the plural word “capelli”

You can also say capello when you refer to just one single hair if you for example find one grey hair on your head.

Capelli (hair)


  • I capelli biondi
  • I tuoi capelli sono neri (your hair is black)

Biondi (blonde)

Rossi (red)

Castani (brown)

Bianchi (white)

Neri (black)

Brizzolati (grey-haired)

Scuri (dark)

Chiari (light)

capelli biondi rossi castani banchi neri How to Describe People in Italian

Capelli (hair)


  • I capelli lisci
  • I tuoi capelli sono ricci

Lisci (Straight)

Ricci (Curly)

Mossi (Wavy) 

capelli lisci ricci mossi

Capelli (hair)


The adjective bald does not refer to the hair but to the man or woman without hair:

  • L’uomo calvo / gli uomini calvi
  • La donna calva / le donne calve


Carnagione (skin tone)

Pelle chiara (Light Skin)

Pelle scura (Dark Skin)

Speaking about a person’s skin we can say:

  • Un uomo con la pelle chiara / un uomo dalla pelle chiara
  • Una donna con la pelle scura / una donna dalla pelle scura

You can use the preposition con as well as dalla.

pelle chiara pelle scura


Età (age)

Neonato (Newborn)

Bambino (child)

Giovane (young)

Adolescente (adolescent/teenager)

Adulto (adult)

Mezza età (middle age)

Anziano (elderly/old)

Sui 30/40/50 (on his/her 30/40/50)

When we don’t say the exact age of a person we can say:

  • un uomo sui 40 anni
  • una donna sulla trentina (circa 30 anni / about 30)
neonato adulto bambini adolescente anziano

Describing someone’s Personality – Describe People in Italian

Carattere e personalità (personality)

Amichevole (friendly)

Scortese (unfriendly)

Gentile (kind)

Divertente (fun)

Intelligente (clever)

Timido (shy)

Pessimista/Ottimista (pessimist/optimist)

Pigro (lazy)

Vivace/Esuberante (exuberant)

timido pigro

Describing someone’s Feelings – Describe People in Italian


Felice (happy)

Preoccupato (Worried)

Triste (Sad)

Annoiato (Bored)

Ansioso (Anxious)

Sicuro di sé (Self-confident)

Curioso (Curious)

Invidioso (Envious)

Geloso (Jealous)

Arrabbiato (Angry)

triste contento felice arrabbiato stanco annoiato

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