How to Describe People in Italian

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


Describing someone’s Appearance

General appearance:

bello
Bello

Bello (good looking)

  • un uomo bello
  • una donna bella

Carino (pretty/nice)

brutto
Brutto

Brutto (ugly)

Elegante(well-dressed)

  • una donna elegante
  • un uomo elegante

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

attraente
Attraente

Attraente – (attractive)


HEIGHT

Alto (tall)

Basso (short)

alto basso

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


BUILT:

Magro (slim)

Grasso (overweight)

 

magro grasso

Muscoloso  (muscular)

Gracile (slight)


HAIR

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

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

  • I capelli biondi
  • I tuoi capelli sono neri (your hair is black)
  • capelli is plural, so the possessive (tuoi), the verb (sono) and the adj neri

capelli biondi rossi castani bianchi neri

Biondi (blonde)

Rossi (red)

Castani (brown)

Bianchi (white)

Neri (black)

Brizzolati (grey-haired)

Scuri (dark)

Chiari (light)

capelli corti medi lunghi

Corti (Short)

Medi (Medium)

Lunghi (Long)

 

capelli lisci ricci mossi

Lisci (Straight)

Ricci (Curly)

Mossi (Wavy) 

 

Calvo (Bald)

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

 

calvo


SKIN TONES

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 chiara / una donna dalla pelle chiara

You can use the preposition con as well as dalla


AGE

età

 

 

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)


Describing someone’s Character and Personality

timido - pigro

Amichevole (friendly)

Scortese (unfriendly)

Gentile (kind)

Divertente (fun)

Intelligente (clever)

Timido (shy)

Pessimista/Ottimista (pessimist/optimist)

Pigro (lazy)

Vivace/Esuberante (exuberant)


Describing someone’s Feelings

sentimenti feelings

Felice (happy)

Preoccupato (Worried)

Triste (Sad)

Annoiato (Bored)

Ansioso (Anxious)

Sicuro di sé (Self-confident)

Curioso (Curious)

Invidioso (Envious)

Geloso (Jealous)

Arrabbiato (Angry)

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