Meaning, Types, and a List of Adjectives to Help You in Life

Meaning, Types, and a List of Adjectives to Help You in Life

Adjectives are an important part of our everyday speech and can be described as the 'describing' words which define the quality, quantity, or kind of the associated noun or pronoun. This Buzzle article will help you understand more about them by giving you a list of adjectives that are commonly used.
An adjective is a word that modifies a noun or a pronoun to provide a descriptive information about it. In simple words, it helps to describe the following.
  • The quantity
  • The kind
  • Which one is it?
Mentioned below are some examples of adjectives to help you understand them in a better way.
  • Example #1: I have a yellow car. Yellow is the adjective here as it describes the car (noun).
  • Example #2: She sat on a wooden chair. Wooden is the adjective as it describes the kind of chair (noun).
  • Example #3: She is beautiful. Beautiful is the adjective as it describes the girl.
Types of Adjectives

Descriptive Adjectives: These are the ones that are used to describe the noun. For example, A tall man, A red bike, A spooky place. The italicized words describe the noun that follows and therefore are a perfect example of descriptive adjectives.

Limiting Adjectives: These describe the noun in terms of quantity. An example for the same would be, "There are eleven players in a cricket team." The word eleven is an adjective as it answers the question 'how many' and tells us the quantity.

Predicate Adjectives: These are a little tricky to catch. Just remember that predicate adjectives ultimately describe the noun but always follow a linking word. An example to understand them better would be, "the boys are excited to watch the game." Excited is the predicate adjective as it describes the noun (boys).

Verbal Adjectives: When certain verbals are used as adjectives, they fall under this category. An example for the same would be, "My daughter is driven to dance well in the competition." Participles ending with 'en, ing, or ed' are verbal adjectives.

Personal Adjectives: Words such as 'Mrs, Mr, Miss, Auntie, Uncle, Dr', and the like, are personal adjectives when a name follows them. An example would be, "I am going to visit Dr. Smith this Monday." When Dr. is followed by a name (noun), it becomes a personal adjective.

List of Commonly Used Adjectives

Below is the list of adjectives to describe a person, place, animal, or a thing, which are commonly used in grammar and composition.

Afraid
Anxious
Angry
Amused
Awesome
Average
Annoyed
Ashamed
Big
Beautiful
Broad
Black
Better
Brave
Broken
Bright
Calm
Cold
Cotton
Clumsy
Charming
Cheerful
Crazy
Cruel
Deep
Dangerous
Delightful
Defeated
Dirty
Depressed
Dry
Dizzy
Empty
Energetic
Evil
Excited
Encouraging
Early
Embarrassed
Enthusiastic
Fine
Fair
Fast
Fat
Foolish
Friendly
Funny
Frightened
Good
Gentle
Great
Greed
Gorgeous
Giant
Grieving
Grumpy
Happy
Healthy
Hard
Harsh
Heavy
High
Helpful
Hungry
Immense
Itchy
Icy
Ill
Intense
Interesting
Incurable
Innocent
Jolly
Jealous
Juicy
Jittery
Joking
Jammed
Justifiable
Jovial
Kind
Knowledgeable
Large
Light
Lazy
Loud
Late
Lonely
Many
Mighty
Modern
Mute
Melodic
Mysterious
Melted
Massive
Naughty
Narrow
New
Nice
Nasty
Nervous
Nutty
Numerous
Old
Odd
Obedient
Orange
Ordinary
Outstanding
Obnoxious
Outrageous
Perfect
Pretty
Proud
Purple
Puny
Precious
Plastic
Panicky
Quick
Quiet
Quaint
Rare
Red
Robust
Ripe
Rough
Sad
Scary
Scattered
Selfish
Short
Silent
Small
Slow
Sweet
Strange
Strong
Stingy
Steep
Square
Soft
Successful
Tall
Tan
Tasty
Tender
Tired
Thirsty
Tough
Terrible
Ugly
Upset
Upright
Vast
Victorious
Wet
Weak
Wicked
Worried
Wonderful
Wooden
Wide
Witty
Yellow
Yummy
Zany

Use your grammar skills and come up with some other adjectives which are not included in the list. You can also categorize the aforementioned adjectives into the different types of adjectives that exist. Do this as an exercise to make sure you have understood their usage properly. Take help of your teachers and parents if you have a doubt. Trust me, this can be a lot of fun! With practice and learning, you will surely be able to identify even the tricky adjectives that exist. All the best.
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