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Appearance Vocabulary: 30 Essential Adjectives for Appearance

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What words describe appearance? How do you talk about someone’s appearance?

There are many appearance vocabulary. In this post, you will learn a number of physical appearance vocabulary. In this descriptive words list, there are words for appearance in general as well as descriptive adjectives to describe the human body.

Appearance Vocabulary

Appearance /look (n) 

The way sb/sth looks on the outside; what sb/sth seems to be.

Look (linking verb)

To seem, to appear


  • You look happy/ tired today!

Look like

Resemble somebody.


  • She looks like her mother.
  • They are twins. They look like each other.

Take after 

Resemble somebody

  • He takes after his father. Both of them are tall and have blue eyes.
  • She takes after her sister. They are twins.

(Not) look yourself

To not have your normal healthy appearance.


  • You’re not looking yourself today. ( You look tired or ill/sick)

Look wretched / retʃɪd / 

Look ill/sick or unhappy.


  • You look wretched. What’s wrong?

Eyesore (noun) 

A body, an object, a building, etc. that is unpleasant to look at.

Appearance Adjectives List

Here is a list of adjectives describing appearance with meaning

  • Good-looking = attractive
  • Pleasantlooking = beautiful; attractive.
  • Impressive = making you feel admiration.
  • Attractive = pleasant to look at.
  •  Charming = very pleasant or attractive.
  • Beautiful = pleasing to the senses or the mind.
  • Handsome (of men) = attractive; good-looking.
  • Lovely= beautiful; attractive.
  • Plain (especially of a woman) = not beautiful or attractive.
  • Repulsive =  extremely unpleasant or unacceptable.
  • Ugly= not pleasant to look at; unattractive.
  • Unsightly = not pleasant to look at; ugly.

Other Appearance Vocabulary: Adjectives

  • Brawny
  • Bulky
  • Fit
  • Fat
  • Stocky
  • Stout
  • Big-boned
  • Muscular
  • Overweight
  • Obese
  • Chubby
  • Plump
  • Curvy
  • Skinny
  • Beefy
  • Slim
  • Lanky
  • Buff
  • Broad
  • Well-built

Face Appearance Vocabulary

Here are some adjectives to describe someone’s face:

  • Long face
  • Round face
  • Thin face
  • Lived-in face
  • Good-looking
  • Handsome
  • Furrowed
  • Fresh-faced
  • Full-face
  • Dimpled
  • Craggy
  • Chiseled
  • Negroid
  • Sculpted
  • Snub-nosed
  • Weather-beaten

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Physical Appearance Example Sentences

  • They are twins. They look like each other.
  • He takes after his brother. They are twins.
  • You look wretched. What’s the matter?
  • You do not look yourself today. You look sick.
  • You are overweight. You should lose some kilos.
  • If you are fit, you are in good shape.
  • He has been doing weight-lifting for years. He looks beefy.
  • He is a big and burly rugby player.
  • He looks big and brawny.
  • He is a handsome boy and she is a pretty girl.

These words for appearance are the best words to describe people’s appearance.

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