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USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

 

Whether you are designing a fictional character or describing a real person, consider the following aspects.

 

Identify the following:

  • sex
  • age
  • race
  • education
  • family structure
  • marital status
  • profession
  • religion
  • mental state
  • hobbies

 

How does the character look?

  • Body size and height*
  • Skin color*
  • Eye color*
  • Weight
  • Hair color*
  • Hair style*
  • Facial hair*
  • Style of clothes
  • Jewelry

 

  • Tone of voice*
  • Word choice
  • Gait (way of walking)
  • Mannerisms

 

 

 

 

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Sound

 


Tone of Voice

Types of Human Speech

 

Soundless

 

Authoritative

Barking

Blasting

Booming

Breathy

Bubbly

Come-hither

Cooing

Crackling

Creaky

Croaking

Drill sergeant

Droning

English

Grating

High-pitched

Powerful

Raspy

Resonant

Sad

Southern Lilt

Sultry

Thunderous

Tranquil

Wheeze

Whine

Whisper

Acclamation

Accolade

Adulation

Admonish

Argue

Advise

Advocate

Affable

Affirm

Affray

Affricate

Affront

Brawl

Confront

Insult

Lisp

Lollygag

Plead

Quarrel

Boisterous

Stutter

 

Quiet

Silence

Mute

Noiseless

Calm

 

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Sound: Tone

 


Afraid

Alarmed

Angry

Anxious

Articulate

Artificial

Authoritative

Awkward

Bewildered

Booming

Brave

Breathy

Bright

Bubbly

Calm

Chirpy

Comfortable

Commanding

Compassionate

Concerned

Confident

Confused

Content

Crisp

Dark

Deep

Defensive

Dejected

Depressed

Desperate

Disappointed

Distinct

Drawling

Dry

Dulcet

Easy

Easy going

Embarrassed

Evasive

Evil

Excited

Exhilarated

Fearful

Feminine

Firm

Flat

Flirtatious

Fluty

Friendly

Frustrated

Funereal

Genuine

Gentle

Giddy

Girlish

Glad

Grating

Gruff

Guilty

Guttural

Happy

Hard

Hissing

Hoarse

Hollow

Honey-Voiced

Hopeful

Hostile

Hurt

Husky

Impatient

Indecisive

Inhibited

Insecure

Intimate

Involved

Irritating

Irritated

Jealous

Jingly

Joyful

Languid

Lisping

Lively

Lonely

Loud

Loving

Low

Lyrical

Masculine

Masked

Melancholy

Mellifluous

Melodious

Mincing

Monotonous

Mournful

Mutes

Needy

Nervous

Old

Optimistic

Out of control

Over controlled

Paranoid

Passionate

Peaceful

Pessimistic

Phony

Pitiful

Pleased

Pleasant

Preoccupied

Pretentious

Prodigious

Protective

Proud

Quiet

Quivering

Raspy

Reedy

Rejected

Remorseful

Resonant

Restrained

Reverent

Rich

Robust

Saccharine

Sad

Scratchy

Seductive

Sepulchral

Sexy

Shallow

Shard

Shrill

Shy

Singsong

Silken

Silly

Sincere

Sluggish

Soft

Sonorous

Soothing

Sorry

Sputtering

Squeaky

Stammering

Steely

Stubborn

Stuttering

Superior

Supportive

Suspicious

Sweet

Sympathetic

Tender

Terrified

Throaty

Timid

Tinny

Torn

Touchy

Triumphant

Twittery

Unsure

Understanding

Vindictive

Weary

Weepy

Wheezy

Whimpering

Whiny

Whispery

Youthful

Zealous

Zesty

Zippy

Zonked


 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Body Size & Height

 


Small

SIZE

HEIGHT

 

Abbreviated

Acute

Boney

Dainty

Diminutive

Dwarfed

Dwarfish

Elfin

Half-pint

Insignificant

Lissome

Little

Microscopic

Miniature

Minute

Petite

Pint-sized

Puny

Pygmy

Reedy

Runty

Scrawny

Short

Shrimp

Skinny

Slight

Small-boned

Spare

Svelte

Teeny

Tiny

Wee

Willowy

Wiry

Bantam

Dwarfish

Legless

Petite

Pint-sized

Runty

Short-legged

Squat

Squat

Stubby

Vertically Challenged

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Body Size & Height

 


Medium

SIZE

HEIGHT

 

Adequate

Average

Intermediate

Limited

Mediocre

Normal

Regular

Adequate

Ample

Average

Limited

Mediocre

Middle-sized

Normal

Regular

Average

Intermediate

Limited

Mediocre

Normal

Regular

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Body Size & Height

 


Large

SIZE

HEIGHT

 

Atlas

Awesome

Barrel-chested

Beefy

behemoth

Big

Bloated

Bulky

Chubby

Chunky

Colossal

Colossus

Enormous

Fat

Gargantuan

Giant

Gigantic

Goliath

Great

Heavy

Heavy set

Hefty

Huge

Hulking

Immense

Lumpish

Mammoth

Massive

Monstrous

Mountainous

Much

 

Obese

Oversized

Plump

Portly

Prodigious

Robust

Rotund

Solid

Stocky

Stout

Strapping

Stupendous

Tall

Thick

Thick set

Towering

Tubby

Vast

Voluminous

Wide

X-Large

XX-Large

 

Bean Pole

Elongated

Gangly

Gigantic

High

Lanky

Long-legged

Long-limbed

Spindly

Statuesque

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Terms of Endearment

 

Angel

Angel Muffin

Babes

Baby

Beautiful

Cookie

Cupcake

Cutie

Darling

Dear

Handsome

Honey

Honey Bunch

Hun

Lover

Lovey

Precious

Princess

Pumpkin

Shug

Sugar

Sugar Pie

Sugar Plum

Sunshine

Sweet Pea

Sweetie Pie

Toots


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Hair, Face, Eyes, Noses, Ears, Mouth, Lips, Teeth

 

Skin Color—White

 Alabaster

Ashen

Blanched

Bleached

Blonde

Bone

Chalk

Columbine (dove white)

Creamy

Dove

Ghost

Ice

Lily

Magnolia

Milk

Off-white

Oyster

Pale

Pallid

Pasty

Pearl

Rice

Snow

Virgin

Wan

Whey (off white)

Sand

 

 

Skin Color--Light

Butter

Creamy

Ivory

Light

Manila

Oatmeal

 

Skin Color—Brown/Tan

Beige

Camel

Cappuccino

Caramel

Coffee

Cork

Ecru

Fawn

Flesh

Khaki

Nankeen

Oat

Straw

Tan

Taupe (brown grey)

Tawny (brown yellow)

Tuscan

Wheat

Wheaten

 

Skin Color—Dark Brown/Red

Brunet

Chestnut

Cocoa

Coffee

Ginger

Henna

Leather

Mahogany

Saddle

Sienna

 

Skin Color—Black

Coal

Ebony

Ink

Iron

Jet

Melanic

Oil

Onyx

Pepper

Pitch

Raven

Sable

Shiny

Soiled

Sooty

Stygian

Tar

 

Skin Coloration-General

Sunburned

Chaffed

Splotchy

Pock-marked

Flushed

(allergic, hives)

 

Face


Blotched

Cherubic

Chiseled

Clean-cut

Doll-faced

Elfin

Gaunt

Hollow-cheeked

Horse-faced

Oval

Round (Moon faced)

Sharp-featured

Square

Well-defined

Coarse

Craggy

Deadpan

Expressionless

Frog-like

Pinched

Grave

Grim

Long-faced

Poker-faced

Puffy

Rugged

Sculptured

Sculpturesque

Sweet-faced

Wrinkled

 

Eye Color

Blue

Brown

Hazel

Emerald

Violet

Amber

 

Eye Detail

Almond-eyed

Beady

Bleary-eyed

Bloodshot

Bug

Cross-eyed

Darting

Deep

Fish

Goggle

Hard, steely

Heavy-lidded

Hollow

Pop-eyed

Rolling

Sad

Saucer

Sheep-like

Shifty

Slit

Soft

Watery

Wide

Wild


 

Noses

Roman Nose (arches outward at bridge)

Retrousse Nose (turns up at end; not short)

Snub Nose (short and turned up at end)

Button nose (flat)

Aquiline Nose (thin and curves like a beak)

Grecian Nose (joins directly to forehead)

Hawk

African

 

Ears

Elfish

Attached or Unattached lobes

Cauliflower ears

 

Mouth & Lips

Thin-lipped

Pursed

Pouty

Well-shaped

Thin lips


Jawline

 

 

Distinguishing Facial Features

Tattoo

 

Teeth

Snaggle-toothed

Gap-toothed

Buck-toothed

 

Hair Color

Black

Blonde (peroxide and drugstore)

Brunette

Dark

Grey

Light

Red (auburn, carrot top, ginger, strawberry)

Silver

White

 

Hair Cut

Bald

Balding

Bowl-cut

Buzz

Crop

Fade

Layered

Pageboy

Shaggy

Shaved


 

Hair Style

Afro

Beehive

Blunt Cut

Bob

Bouffant

Braid (French Braid)

Bun

Corn Row

Cow Lick

Crew Cut

Dreadlocks

Fall

Flybacks

Frosted

Highlighted

Messy

Mohawk

Mushroom

Oily

Part

Pigtail

Pixie

Pompadour

Pony Tail

Punk

Ringlet

Slick

Spike

Streaked

Swept Back

Tangled

Teased

Tinted

Toupee

Updoo

Unkempt

Wave

Wedge

Windblown


 

Facial Hair

Stubble

Five O’clock shadow

Clean Shaven

Mustache

Beard

Chin puff

Chinstrap

Viking Beard

Van Dyke Beard

Goatee

Muttonchops

Sideburns

Galways

Square-cut beard

Fuzz

Whiskers

Chopper Mustache

Toothbrush Mustache

Pencil Mustache

Handlebar mustache

English Mustache

Dali Mustache

Fu Manchu Mustache

Horseshoe Mustache

Imperial Mustache

Nosebeard Mustache

Toothbrush Mustache

Walrus Mustache


 

Ornamentation

Earring(s)

Nose ring

Necklace

Anklet

Bracelet

Toe ring

Tongue ring

Belly button ring

Eyebrow ring

Choker

Lip ring

Ring

Watch

 

Make-up

Eyeliner

Mascara

Eye shadow

Lipstick

Blush

Bronzer

Lip liner

Concealer

Powder

Lip gloss

Nail Polish


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Physical Appearance

Good Looks

Attractive

Beautiful

Cute

Darling

Feminine

Fine

Glamorous

Gorgeous

Handsome

Lovely

Pretty

Striking

Stunning


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Physical Appearance

Adorable

Aged

Aggravated

Aggressive

Aghast

Agile

Aging

Agitated

Aglitter

Aglow

Agonizing

Ailing

Alarmed

Alert

Alive

Aware

Blinding

Blonde

Blushing

Bright

Brilliant

Broad

Chubby

Clean

Clear

Cloudy

Colorful

Contoured

Crinkled

Crooked

Crowded

Crystalline

Curved

Cute

Dark

Deep

Dim

Distinct

Dull

Eager

Elegant

Fancy

Filthy

Flat

Fluffy

Foggy

Fuzzy

Glamorous

Gleaming

Glistening

Glowing

Graceful

Grotesque

Hazy

High

Hollow

Homely

Light

Lithe

Low

Misty

Motionless

Muddy

Murky

Nappy

Narrow

Obtuse

Pale

Poised

Quaint

Rotund

Round

Shadowy

Shady

Shallow

Sheer

Shiny

Skinny

Smoggy

Sparkling

Spotless

Square

Steep

Stormy

Straight

Strange

Ugly

Unsightly

Unusual

Weird

Wide

Wizened


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Character Traits with Positive Connotations

 

Accurate

Active

Adaptable

Adventurous

Advocate

Affectionate

Affluent

Aficionada

Aficionado

Aggressive

Agreeable

Ambitious

Amusing

Analytical

Appreciative

Artistic

Beautiful

Brave

Businesslike

Calm

Capable

Careful

Caring

Cautious

Charming

Cheerful

Chic

Clean

Clever

Comical

Competent

Confident

Conscientious

Conservative

Considerate

Cool

Cooperative

Courageous

Courteous

Critical

Curious

Daring

Debonair

Decisive

Deliberate

Delightful

Dependable

Desperate

Detail-oriented

Determined

Devoted

Dignified

Discreet

Dominant

Dumb

Eager

Easygoing

Efficient

Elegant

Eloquent

Emotional

Empathetic

Energetic

Exceptional

Excitable

Expressive

Extroverted

Fair-minded

Faithful

Farsighted

Feeling

Firm

Flexible

Formal

Friendly

Future-oriented

Generous

Gentle

Good-natured

Gracious

Happy

Hardy

Helpful

Heroic

Honest

Hopeful

Humane

Humble

Humorous

Hysterical

Idealistic

Imaginative

Independent

Individualistic

Industrious

Informal

Innovative

Intellectual

Intelligent

Intuitive

Inventive

Irresistible

Jolly

Jovial

Joyful

Just

Kind

Knowledgeable

Liberal

Likable

Listener

Lively

Logical

Loving

Loyal

Magnificent

Majestic

Mature

Methodical

Meticulous

Mistrustful

Modest

Motivated

Objective

Observant

Open-minded

Opportunistic

Optimistic

Organized

Original

Outgoing

Outspoken

Patient

Peaceful

Peace-maker

Perceptive

Personable

Persuasive

Planner

Pleasant

Poised

Polite

Polite

Popular

Practical

Precise

Principled

Private

Productive

Progressive

Quick

Quiet

Radiant

Rational

Realistic

Reasonable

Receptive

Reflective

Relaxed

Reliable

Remarkable

Reserved

Resourceful

Responsible

Reverent

Self-confident

Self-controlled

Self-disciplined

Sensible

Sensitive

Serious

Sincere

Skillful

Sociable

Spontaneous

Strong

Strong-minded

Structured

Subjective

Successful

Tactful

Tall

Teacher

Thorough

Thoughtful

Thrifty

Tolerant

Trusting

Trustworthy

Truthful

Understanding

Uninhibited

Unique

Verbal

Versatile

Vivacious

Well-informed

Wholesome

Wholesome

Wise

Witty

Wonderful

Worthy Zealous

Secure

Sentimental

Tame

Courageous

Assured

Brave

Daring

Determined

Eager

Effective

Gallant

Important

 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Character Traits with Neutral or Negative Connotations

 Adulterer

Adulteress

Adventuresome

Afflicted

Afraid

Aggressive

Agitator

Aimless

Airhead

Aloof

Ancient

Antsy

Anxious

Astonished

Authoritative

Awkward

Bad tempered

Bitter

Blasť

Bloodthirsty

Boisterous

Bold

Bossy

Brainy

Brash

Brutal

Busy

Careless

Cautious

Chicken-hearted

Clumsy

Competent

Complicated

Concerned

Confident

Confused

Cowardly

Crude

Cruel

Curious

Devilish

Disgusted

Distrustful

Dominating

Dumb

Dynamic

Evil

Famous

Fearless

Fierce

Firm

Foolhardy

Foolish

Forceful

Frail

Gauche

Grating

Greedy

Grouchy

Gruesome

Grumbling

Gullible

Hardy

Harsh

Haughty

Healthy

Heavy

Heroic

Hideous

Humbug

Idiotic

Ill Mannered

Impatient

Impersonal

Impish

Imprudent

Incompetent

Indifferent

Influential

Ingenuous

Innocent

Innocent

Inquisitive

Insincere

Intense

Introverted

Irritating

Jealous

Jerky

Knotted

Lazy

Liar

Light

Lively

Lonely

Loose

Lucky

Manly

Mean

Mighty

Miserable

Miserly

Moody

Morbid

Mysterious

Naive

Nasty

Naughty

Nimble

Nonchalant

Nosy

Obnoxious

Odd

Ornery

Outlandish

Overbearing

Passive

Pessimistic

Pitiful

Powerful

Prudish

Rebellious

Reckless

Relaxed

Rich

Robust

Rowdy

Rude

Sad

Sarcastic

Secretive

Sharp

Sheepish

Show-off

Shy

Sickly

Skillful

Smooth

Snobbish

Snotty

Spirited

Spiteful

Spontaneous

Stingy

Stouthearted

Strange

Strong

Stubborn

Suspicious

Tactless

Taker

Tearful

Timid

Tormenter

Tough

Treacherous

Tyrant

Unconcerned

Uncouth

Undependable

Unfaithful

Ungrateful

Unhappy

Unpopular

Unruly

Unskillful

Unwise

User

Vain

Victorious

Villainous

Virile

Vulgar

Weak

Wicked

 

 USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Emotional Terms

Able

Abnormal

Absent

Absolute

Abundant

Accelerate

Accordant

Accurate

Acyclic

Adorable

Adroit

Aflame

Agog

Agonizing

Agreeable

Alacrity

Antsy

Aplomb

Astounded

Attractive

Beaten

Beautiful

Bitter

Blithe

Brave

Calm

Caring

Closed

Comfortable

Compassionate

Complacent

Concerned

Confident

Cool

Cowardly

Curious

Defeated

Defensive

Dejected

Delectable

Depressed

Disappointed

Discontent

Disgusted

Eager

Easygoing

Encouraging

Ennui

Enraptured

Enthusiastic

Evasive

Explosive

Fascinated

Feminine

Finesse

Flirtatious

Frigid

Frustrated

Gentle

Genuine

Grateful

Grouchy

Gruesome

Guilty

Hateful

Hopeless

Horrified

Humorous

Hurt

Hyperactive

Hysterical

Incompetent

Indecisive

Inferior

Infuriated

Inhibited

Involved

Isolated

Jocund

Jubilant

Lonely

Loving

Mad

Masculine

Nasty

Needy

Old

Optimistic

Out of Control

Passionate

Peaceful

Pessimistic

Phony

Pitiful

Playful

Pleased

Preoccupied

Pressured

Protective

Proud

Quiet

Rapport

Rejected

Rejoiceful

Relieved

Remorseful

Restrained

Secure

Seductive

Self-reliant

Sensitive

Shallow

Sheepish

Sincere

Sinister

Sluggish

Soft

Sorry

Stubborn

Stumbling

Superior

Supported

Supportive

Surviving

Sympathetic

Tact

Tender

Threatened

Tolerant

Torn

Triumphant

Two-faced

Ugly

Understanding

Unresponsive

Useless

Weary

Weepy

Wishy-washy

Youthful

Zany

Zonked


Fear

Afraid

Agitated

Aflutter

Alarmed

Angst

Anxious

Appalled

Apprehensive

Bashful

Concerned

Dangerous

Dismayed

Desperate

Dreading

Eerie

Embarrassed

Fearful

Frantic

Frightened

Hesitant

Horrified

Insecure

Intimidated

Jealous

Jittery

Jumpy

Nervous

On edge

Overwhelmed

Panicky

Restless

Scared

Shaky

Shy

Sinister

Startled

Strained

Tense

Terrified

Timid

Trepidation

Uncomfortable

Uneasy

Upset

Worried


 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Emotional State

Happiness

 Abloom

Aflutter

Amused

Animated

Blissful

Cheerful

Delighted

Eager

Ecstasy

Ecstatic

Elated

Enjoy

Enthusiastic

Excited

Exhilarated

Fervor

Friendly

Frolic

Gay

Giddy

Glad

Gleeful

Happy

Heavenly

Hopeful

Jolly

Joyful

Jovial

Jubilation

Lively

Merry

Mirth

Overjoyed

Overwhelmed

Passionate

Pleased

Relish

Sanguine

Thrilled

Vibrant

Zealous

Zippy


 


USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Emotional State

Sadness 

Abandoned

Agony

Alien

Alienated

Alone

Anguish

Antipathy

Awful

Barren

Battered

Bleak

Blue

Bored

Burned

Chagrin

Cheapened

Compunction

Contrite

Contrition

Crushed

Dark

Debased

Defeated

Degraded

Dejected

Demolished

Depressed

Desolate

Despair

Despairing

Despised

Despondent

Destroyed

Discarded

Disconsolate

Discouraged

Disgruntled

Dismal

Distress

Doleful

Downcast

Downhearted

Downtrodden

Dreadful

Empty

Estranged

Excluded

Forlorn

Forsaken

Funereal

Gloomy

Glum

Grave

Grief

Grim

Hated

Homeless

Hopeless

Horrible

Humiliated

Hurt

Jilted

Kaput

Lament

Loathed

Lonely

Lonesome

Lousy

Low

Lugubrious

Maudlin

Melancholy

Miserable

Mishandled

Mistreated

Moody

Morose

Mournful

Nostalgic

Obsolete

Oppressed

Ostracized

Overlooked

Pangs

Pathetic

Pensive

Pitiful

Poignant

Rebuked

Regretful

Rejected

Reprimanded

Rotten

Ruined

Rundown

Sad

Saturnine

Scornful

Somber

Sore

Sorrow

Stranded

Sullen

Tearful

Terrible

Thoughtful

Tired

Unhappy

Unloved

Whipped

Woeful

Worthless

Wrecked


 

USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Emotional State

Pain 

Affected

Anguished

Awkward

Baffled

Bewildered

Clumsy

Confused

Constrained

Disgusted

Disliked

Displeased

Dissatisfied

Distrustful

Disturbed

Doubtful

Foolish

Futile

Grief

Helpless

Hindered

Impaired

Impatient

Imprisoned

Insecure

Intimidated

Jealous

Jittery

Jumpy

Lost

Nauseated

Nervous

Offended

On edge

Overwhelmed

Pained

Panicky

Perplexed

Puzzled

Restless

Ridiculous

Scared

Shaky

Shy

Sickened

Silly

Skeptical

Speechless

Strained

Strained

Suspicious

Swamped

Tense

Terrified

Timid

Tormented

Touchy

Troubled

Uncomfortable

Uneasy

Ungainly

Unlucky

Unpopular

Unsatisfied

Unsure

Upset

Weary

Worrying

 

USING ALL FIVE SENSES: DESCRIBING PEOPLE

Emotional State

Anger

Abhorrence

Acrimony

Aggravated

Aggressive

Agitated

Angry

Animosity

Annoyed

Antipathy

Arrogant

Aversion

Belligerent

Biting

Bitter

Blunt

Bullying

Callous

Careless

Combative

Consternation

Contempt

Contrary

Cool

Cranky

Creepy

Cross

Cruel

Defensive

Defiant

Despise

Disagreeable

Disdain

Disgust

Enmity

Enraged

Envious

Evil

Exasperation

Fierce

Furious

Gall

Hard

Harsh

Hateful

Hostile

Hurtful

Impatient

Incensed

Inconsiderate

Indignant

Indignant

Irritable

Insensitive

Intolerant

Irate

Irritated

Jealous

Loath

Mad

Malice

Malicious

Mean

Mean

Miffed

Nasty

Obnoxious

Obstinate

Offensive

Outraged

Perturbed

Petulant

Piqued

Rage

Rancor

Repugnance

Repulsive

Resentful

Riled

Rough

Rude

Savage

Scorn

Severe

Short-tempered

Spiteful

Tense

Terse

Umbrage

Vehement

Vengeance

Vexation

Vicious

Vindictive

Violent

Wicked

Wrathful

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