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Appearances - How to describe someone in English

Height | Build | Hair | Eyes | Type of hair | Complexion | Other features

 

Height

 
tall
short
medium height
 
He is tall.
He is short.
He is normal height.
+ He is very tall. He is quite short. He is relatively normal height.

Build

negative
negative
She is skinny. (negative) negative She is fat. (negative) negative
She is anorexic. (medical) She is tubby. (negative) negative
She is underweight. (negative) negative She is overweight. (negative) negative
She is thin. (negative) negative She is plump. (neutral) neutral
She is slim. (positive) positive She is stocky. (neutral) neutral
She is slender. (positive) positive She is bonny. (positive) positive

Beer belly

!Note - if a man is fat (especially round the waist) we often say he has a beer belly.

Hair

blonde
brown
red
black
grey

blonde/fair hair

brown hair red hair black hair
grey hair
blonde brunette redhead - -

Eyes

 
eyes
green eyes
blue eyes
brown eyes
dark eyes  
 

grey eyes

green eyes blue eyes brown eyes dark eyes  
             
      black eye !Note!

This is a black eye!

   

Type of hair

 
long hair
short hair
bald
medium length
wavy
short hair
  She has long hair.

She has short hair.

He has no hair. = He is bald. She has medium length hair. She has medium length hair. She has short hair.
+ She has long, black hair. She has short, black hair. - She has medium length , blonde hair. She has medium length, red hair. She has short, blonde hair.
++ She has long, straight, black hair. She has short, straight, black hair. - She has medium length, straight, blonde hair. She has medium length, wavy, red hair. She has short, curly, blonde hair.
or Her hair is long, straight and black. Her hair is short, straight and black. - Her hair is medium length, straight and blonde. Her hair is medium length, wavy and red. Her hair is short, curly and blonde.
+         She wears glasses.  

Type of complexion

Asian complexion
black complexion
fair complexion
tanned complexion
pale complexion
He is asian. He has light-brown skin.

She is black. She has dark skin.

He is white. He has fair skin. She is white. She has lightly tanned skin. She is white. She has very pale skin.

Other features

Point your cursor over the named feature, if you're correct the word will appear.

 
moustache
beard
chin a chin
forehead a forehead
nostrils nostrils
 
 

moustache

beard

chin forehead nostrils  
             
  eyebrows an eyebrow an eyebrow cheeks a cheek a cheek fringe a fringe lips lips teeth  
  eyebrows cheeks fringe lips teeth

 

 

 

Some features (it may not be polite to mention them)

Crow's feet - This picture is licensed under Creative Commons

 

wrinkles - This picture is licensed under Creative Commons

 

scar - This picture is licensed under Creative Commons

 
spots - This picture is licensed under Creative Commons

crow's feet
aka laughter lines

a sign of maturity that appear at the corners of the eyes

wrinkle(s)
a sign of maturity which can appear on any part of the body, often on the forehead

scar(s)
any part of the body where a wound has healed

 

spot(s)
aka pimple(s)

any part of the body, but most noticeable on the face

 

a beard

a moustache teeth

Note !

listen bald, black, blonde, blue, brown, curly, fat, grey, long , medium,
overweight
, pale, plump, red, short, skinny, slim, stocky, straight, tall, tanned,
thin
, wavy and white listen
are all adjectives - they describe things

 

listen very, quite and slightly listen
are all modifiers - they change (modify) the adjectives.
And don't forget, being able to describe people is a very useful skill:-

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