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English Words that Describe Behaviour

An A-Z of English words and phrases that describe behaviour.


active = always doing something: "She's an active person and never wants to stay in."

aggressive = being angry or threatening: "He's aggressive and starts arguments."

ambitious = wanting to succeed: "He's ambitious and wants to lead the company."

argumentative = always arguing with people: "He won't accept what you say - he's argumentative and loves to disagree!"

arrogant = thinking you are better than anyone else: "He always behaves as if nobody else's opinion is important - "I find him very arrogant."

assertive = being confident, so people can't force you to do things you don't want to do: "It's important to be assertive at work."


bad-tempered = in a bad mood: "What's got into him lately? He's so bad-tempered."

big-headed = thinking you're very important or clever: "I've never met anyone so big-headed!"

bossy = telling people what to do all the time: "He's so bossy- he never lets me do things the way I want to do them."


careless = not taking care: "He's a careless driver - "I'm sure he'll have an accident."

caring = wanting to help people: "My boss is caring and often asks me how things are going."

catty = saying nasty or spiteful things about other people: "I know you don't like her, but calling her names is a bit catty."

cautious = being careful, so that you avoid mistakes: "He's cautious about investing money in the stock market."

charming = pleasant and likeable: "What a charming man!"

cheeky = being rude or disrespectful: "It was a bit cheeky of him to ask for more money."

clever = intelligent: "She's a clever student and picks things up quickly."

conceited = thinking you're very clever, or better than others: "He's so conceited - he thinks everyone should admire him."

conscientious = doing something carefully, because you want to do it well: "She's a conscientious student and always does her homework."

considerate = thinking and caring about others: "My neighbour brought me flowers when I was in hospital - he's very considerate." ("That was considerate of him.")

coy = pretending to be shy so that you don't have to give information: "He's very coy about his qualifications - maybe he doesn't have any."

creative = someone who can make or design things, or can think of solutions to a problem: "She's creative and artistic."

curious = wanting to know things: "I'm curious to find out what you think of the situation."


deceitful = trying to make people think something, so that you get what you want: "He lied to get this job - he's so deceitful."

docile = quiet and submissive: "She's a docile child and always does what she's told."

dogmatic = wanting others to accept your ideas without discussion: "He's a dogmatic politician and always thinks he's right."

domineering = trying to control other people: "He's loud and domineering in the office - it's difficult to get him to listen to us."


enthusiastic = having a lot of interest in something: "He's an enthusiastic supporter of equal rights."

excitable = someone who easily gets excited: "He gets very excitable about politics - it's one of his passions in life."

extroverted = outgoing and lively: "She's extroverted and loves going out with people."


faithful = being loyal to someone or something: "She's a faithful friend."

fickle = changing your mind and being unpredictable: "Politicians can be fickle when it suits them!"

flaky = slightly unstable and unreliable: "She's a little flaky at times, but otherwise she's a good worker."

full of himself = acting proud of yourself: "He was full of himself after he got the promotion - it got annoying after a while."

funny = making other people laugh: "He can be extremely funny when he's in the mood."

fussy = only liking certain things: "She's fussy about what she wears."


good-natured = kind and thoughtful: "She's good-natured and always tries to help."

grumpy = someone who tends to be in a bad mood: "He's always grumpy in the morning and never says 'hello'."


happy-go-lucky = not worrying about what might happen in the future: "He's a bit happy-go-lucky and doesn't think about the future."


impulsive = doing things without thinking first: "If he sees something he likes, he just buys it - he can be so impulsive at times!"

inconsiderate = not considering other people or their feelings: "It was a little inconsiderate of him not to give you a get-well card."

introverted = opposite of extroverted: "He was introverted as a teenager, but became more confident as he got older."

inventive = able to think up new ideas: "As head of Marketing, he can often think of inventive ways to keep his customers happy."

irritating = annoying others: "He can be very irritating to work with."


jokey = making jokes: "You're in a jokey mood today, but we've got work to do!"

jolly = happy and cheerful: "It was the weekend and everyone was in a jolly mood."


kind = thoughtful and caring: "My neighbour is kind - she looked after my cat when I was on holiday."


loud-mouthed = someone who talks a lot and often says offensive things: "Don't worry about what he said - he's loud-mouthed at times."

loyal = someone who is faithful and stands by you: "His colleagues were loyal to him when he was having problems with his boss."


manic = behaving in a slightly crazy way: "We're a bit manic at the moment - we're rushing to finish the work before our deadline."

manipulative = trying to get people to do what you want, by influencing or deceiving them: "She's very manipulative when she wants something."

moody = having unpredictable moods: "Some people think he's moody - you never know if he's happy or grumpy."


nervous = uncomfortable with a situation: "I'm always nervous before an exam."


old-fashioned = behaving or thinking in a way that isn't modern: "He's a bit old-fashioned and thinks women shouldn't work."

opinionated = having strong opinions: "He's opinionated and dogmatic - the last person you want to negotiate with."


passive = not assertive - doing what other people want you to do without arguing: "He's passive at work, but domineering at home."

perfectionist = someone who wants perfection: "Her boss is a perfectionnist - no spelling mistakes are allowed."

persuasive = being able to persuade people to do things or to accept your ideas: "He's a persuasive talker."

picky = only liking certain things or people: "She's picky about her friends."

playful = someone who likes to play and have fun: "You're in a playful mood today!"

pleasant = nice and polite: "The bank manager was pleasant to me today."

polite = showing good manners: "She's polite and never forgets to say 'please' or 'thank you'."

pragmatic = being practical and aware of your limitations: "She's pragmatic at work and only does what she can."


quick-tempered = getting angry quickly: "He was quick-tempered when he was young, but he's more relaxed now."


reserved = keeping your ideas and thoughts to yourself: "He's reserved, but polite."

rude = impolite: "He's very rude and never says 'please' or 'thank you'."


scatter-brained / scatty = someone who often forgets things: "Don't you remember where you put your wallet? You're so scatter-brained!"

serious = not light-hearted: "He's a serious student and always does his homework."

shy = quiet, because you are not very confident: "He's so shy and hates saying anything to people he doesn't know."

sincere = saying what you believe (opposite of insincere): "He's sincere in his beliefs."

slapdash = doing your work quickly and carelessly: "He's got a very slapdash attitude - I doubt he'll ever become a lawyer."

slimy = trying to get what you want by being over-friendly: "That man is so slimy - he makes me feel sick!"

sly = doing things in a secretive way: "You never know what he's up to - he's sly and manipulative."

spiteful = trying to hurt other people because you didn't get what you wanted: "If she doesn't get what she wants, she can be quite spiteful."


thoughtful = someone who thinks a lot: "He's a thoughtful person and won't do anything unless he has considered the consequences."

thoughtless = not thinking about people or the consequences of your actions: "I'm sure he didn't mean to be rude - he can be thoughtless at times."

trustworthy = someone you can trust: "My accountant is really trustworthy."


volatile quickly changing moods: "He's easily excitable and pretty volatile."


witty = being able to make other people laugh by what you say: "He's witty and charming - the perfect person to invite to a party."

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Level: Pre-intermediate and above


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That list is fantastic but I can't find a word to describe a coworker with a very mean attitude, he gives attitude all the time and is offensive if he does not get his way, diminish people and try to jump you if you are on his way even if you are there to check and process things for him as his time sheets or itineraries. he is quick temper and volatile and knows what to say to make you feel less and put your down but without any bad word. It is actually difficult to reply what he said to offend you because when you repeat it, it sounds not that bad is like the tone?Thanks
I don't think there's only one adjective to describe him! I'd say "aggressive", "difficult to work with", "volatile" and "unhelpful"! (PS Hope the situation gets better for you - he sounds like a nightmare to work with!)
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Tim kay garang
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how would you describe someone that isn't serious when it comes to love?
A flirt? Or you could say that he / she is just out for a good time.
chandan kumar jha
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OMG! Finally i just learned the best out of this! AwEsOmE! Um a manic individual and pragmantic all the time!*wOw*
What is the word that means that you want to do something really bad????? Like you are setting you mind to do it, but you cant because of the people around you wont let you like you are eager to do it.
You can say that you are "tempted" to do something. (But this doesn't mean that it's something bad.)
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Venkataraman Reddy
Where is the word "Eccentric"?
Ben 101
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Is there a word that describes why we accept bad language or behavior from one person but not another. Sort of like "oh, he's always talked like that" versus "oh, what bad language he just used. Shame on him"
I'm not sure if there's a single word. Perhaps a phrase like "give someone extra leeway" or "make allowances for someone".
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What word can One use to describe a Comptemptous Pouting? Ie; pout quickly to show disapproval or hatred.
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I was lookin for a word to describe someone who shows no interest in things they don't already know about and kinda like.
Maybe you could say "blase" or "disconnected"? I have to say I prefer your phrase "no interest in things they already know about". It sums up the concept really well!
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Perhaps the word "sneer": "He sneered at her suggestion".
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1. Dave wants to do well in life. He sets goals for himself and is very __ .
2. Don't tell her she's great at her job. She's __ enough already!
3. He won't listen to people who haven't gone to university. He's so __ .
4. Louise is a __ student and always hands in her homework on time.
5. Sue is a very __ colleague. She always asks people first if she can open the window.
6. Can I be __ and ask you for some more cake? It's delicious!
7. She made a __ remark about Donna being fat. I think she's jealous, actually.
8. Don's very __ about his new job. He loves it and thinks his colleagues are great.
9. Because his voice is so loud it's easy for him to sound __ .
10. Don't keep changing your mind all the time. People will think you're __ .
11. Tony is such a __ eater. He refuses to eat most vegetables.
12. Why is she in such a __ mood? She hasn't smiled once this morning!
13. It's a bit __ to apply for the first job you see. It's a better idea to think about your choices first.
14. It's difficult to know how Frank will react in any situation. He's quite __ and you never know if he's going to be in a good or a bad temper.
15. He's so __ . He doesn't even have a mobile phone.
16. His driving makes me feel __ . He always drives too fast.
17. It's a nightmare working with him. He's such a __ that he spends hours on every part of the job.
18. It's __ to hold the door open for someone.
19. Joe is so __ . He's always leaving things he needs at home.
20. He asked you to work late then didn't offer you a lift home? That was a bit __ of him - especially as you live so near.
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much vs many

Decide whether you have to use much or many:

  1. We saw _____ animals at the zoo.
  2. How _____ oranges did you put in the box?
  3. There isn’t _____ sugar in my coffee.
  4. I don’t have ______ friends.
  5. The old man hasn’t got _____ hair on his head.
  6. I’ve packed _____ bottles of water.
  7. I didn’t get _____ sleep last night.
  8. How _____ fruit do you eat in an average day?


  1. many
  2. many
  3. much
  4. many
  5. much
  6. many
  7. much
  8. much

a little vs a few

Decide whether you have to use a little or a few:

  1. Can you please buy _______ apples.
  2. We need _______ water.
  3. I have _______ money left.
  4. I take _______ sugar with my coffee.
  5. We had _______ pints of beer there.
  6. You have _______ time left.
  7. There are _______ chairs in the room.
  8. He only spent _______ dollars there.


  1. a few
  2. a little
  3. a little
  4. a little
  5. a few
  6. a little
  7. a few
  8. a few

some vs any

Decide whether you have to use some or any:

  1. Is there _______ milk left?
  2. There is _______ juice in the bottle.
  3. Do you have _______ coffee?
  4. I don’t have _______ money left.
  5. She has _______ money.
  6. Do you know _______ of these singers?
  7. I don’t know _______ of them.
  8. I know _______ of them.


  1. any
  2. some
  3. any
  4. any
  5. some
  6. any
  7. any
  8. some

some vs many

Decide whether you have to use some or many:

  1. The child put _______ sand into the bucket.
  2. I can lend you _______ money if you need it.
  3. There aren’t _______ pears left. Only two.
  4. We had _______ cake with the tea.
  5. Don’t eat so _______ sweets or you’ll get fat.
  6. I had _______ beer last night at the bar.
  7. I don’t have _______ friends.
  8. He brought _______ food with him.


  1. some
  2. some
  3. many
  4. some
  5. many
  6. some
  7. many
  8. some

little vs less

Decide whether you have to use little or less:

  1. I have _______ interest in classical music.
  2. I have _______ faith in him.
  3. We need _______ furniture in this dance hall than in the big one.
  4. You have to drink _______ coffee.
  5. He has _______ money than I thought.
  6. Tonight I drank _______ wine than last night.
  7. She dedicates _______ time to her homework than to her hobbies.
  8. This will take _______ time to finish than the last time we tried.


  1. little
  2. little
  3. less
  4. less
  5. less
  6. less
  7. less
  8. less

a little vs a lot

Decide whether you have to use a little or a lot:

  1. That may cost you _______ of money.
  2. I added _______ sugar to the mix.
  3. You’ll have to spend _______ of cash on this car. (a lot)
  4. I can do it with _______ help from my friends.
  5. _______ change can really make a difference.
  6. I don’t have _______ of free time today.
  7. He left _______ of laundry for me to do.
  8. She gave him _______ attention.


  1. a lot
  2. a little
  3. a lot
  4. a little
  5. a little
  6. a lot
  7. a lot
  8. a little

few vs little

Decide whether you have to use few or little:

  1. There’s _______ point in calling.
  2. _______ people understood what he said.
  3. There is _______ use in trying to do this.
  4. There’s _______ space here as it is.
  5. There’s _______ I can do about this.
  6. Dan is a great student. He has _______ problems with history.
  7. There was _______ traffic on the road.
  8. I think Coventry will win the match but _______ people agree with me.


  1. little
  2. few
  3. little
  4. little
  5. little
  6. few
  7. little
  8. few

fewer vs less

Decide whether you have to use fewer or less:

  1. There were _______ days below freezing last winter.
  2. I drank _______ water than she did.
  3. I have _______ than an hour to do this work.
  4. People these days are buying _______ newspapers.
  5. I have _______ time to do this work.
  6. _______ than thirty children each year develop the disease.
  7. I wear _______ makeup on weekdays.
  8. He worked _______ hours than I did.


  1. fewer
  2. less
  3. less
  4. fewer
  5. less
  6. fewer
  7. less
  8. fewer

farther vs further

Decide whether you have to use farther or further:

  1. How much _______ do you plan to drive tonight?
  2. I just can’t go any _______.
  3. Do you have any _______ plans for adding on to the building?
  4. That’s a lot _______ than I want to carry this heavy suitcase!
  5. The _______ that I travel down this road, the _______ behind schedule I get.
  6. How much _______ do you intend to take this legal matter?
  7. It’s not that much _______ to the gas station.
  8. How much _______ do I have to run, coach?


  1. farther
  2. further
  3. further
  4. farther
  5. farther, further
  6. further
  7. farther
  8. farther

later vs latter

Decide whether you have to use later or latter:

  1. My neighbours have a son and a daughter : the former is a teacher, the _______ is a nurse.
  2. I will address that at a _______ time.
  3. Of the first two Harry Potter books, I prefer the _______.
  4. John arrived at the party _______ than Mary did.
  5. I prefer the _______ offer to the former one.
  6. I will be back _______.
  7. I was given the choice between a hamburger or a hotdog, I chose the _______ of the two; the hotdog.
  8. When it comes to soy burgers or a juicy cow burger, I prefer the _______.


  1. latter
  2. later
  3. latter
  4. later
  5. latter
  6. later
  7. latter
  8. latter

last vs latter

Decide whether you have to use last or latter:

  1. Jack, Jill and Bob went up the hill; the _______ watched the other two fall down.
  2. The former half of the film is more interesting than the _______ half.
  3. Out of chapters 1, 2, and 3, the _______ one is the most difficult to learn.
  4. Dan is now friends with Ruth, Maya and Ben. The _______ is his cousin.
  5. Jane speaks Italian and English : the former language fairly well and the _______ fluently.
  6. There are two versions, A and B, but the _______ is more popular.
  7. Tom and Dick were both heroes but only the _______ is remembered today.
  8. I study math, English and history. I enjoy the _______ one most.


  1. last
  2. latter
  3. last
  4. last
  5. latter
  6. latter
  7. latter
  8. last

More Adjective Exercises

1. Form adjectives from the following nouns:

  1. water
  2. ice
  3. syrup


  1. Watery
  2. Icy
  3. Syrupy

2.Form adjectives from the following verbs:

  1. walk
  2. amaze
  3. decay


  1. walking
  2. amazing
  3. decaying

3.Which of the following sentences contains a proper denominal adjective?

  1. People in New York are usually busy.
  2. New York residents are often busy.
  1. We had fun listening to classic French music.
  2. Music by the French is fun to listen to.
  1. He speaks Russian.
  2. He speaks the Russian language.

Answers: B,A,B

4.Choose the superlative adjective in each group of sentences:

  1. I like dark coffee.
  2. This is the fastest car I’ve ever driven.
  3. I’d like darker curtains.
  1. This is good ice cream.
  2. Meet Sue, my younger sister.
  3. Of all the options available, this seems to be the best one.
  1. This is a better play than the last one.
  2. The box was blue, and oddly shaped.
  3. This is the most exciting thing I’ve ever experienced!

Answers: B, C, C

5. Choose the absolute adjective in each group of sentences:

  1. We live in a blue house.
  2. The grass is greener on the other side.
  3. This is the shortest my hair has ever been.
  1. That’s a short dress.
  2. Why don’t you choose a longer style?
  3. Just because it’s the shortest dress doesn’t mean it’s the most stylish.
  1. Our house is bigger than our grandmother’s is.
  2. They live in the biggest house I’ve ever seen.
  3. That’s a big house!

Answers: A, A, C

6. Choose the adjective from each of the following groups of words:

  1. interest, interesting, party
  2. amount, colorful, medicine
  3. fur, hilarious, cup


  1. interesting
  2. colorful
  3. hilarious

7. Fill in the blanks with the best compound adjective for the situation.

  1. With ______________ temperatures, this is the coldest winter on record.
    • below zero
    • below-zero
    • freezing
  2. Jeremy gave Linda a _____________________ engagement ring.
    • gorgeous diamond
    • gorgeous-diamond
    • big
  3. We’re celebrating with a __________________ bottle of champagne.
    • costly
    • ten-year-old
    • 10 year old


  1. below-zero
  2. gorgeous diamond
  3. ten-year-old

8. Choose the sentence containing the denominal adjective:

  1. We practiced for the play.
  2. We spent two hours practicing the Shakespearean play.
  3. We practiced Shakespeare’s play for two hours.

Answer: B. We spent two hour practicing the Shakespearean play.

9. Choose the comparative adjective in each group of sentences:

  1. This list is longer than the last one.
  2. This is probably the longest one I’ve ever seen.
  3. This is a long list.
  1. Stop acting so weird.
  2. You’re acting weirder than ever.
  3. You’re the weirdest person in this class.
  1. This is the chocolatiest cake I’ve ever tasted.
  2. Have some chocolate cake.
  3. Do you think this cake tastes chocolatier than the last one?

Answers: A, B, C

10. For each of the following sentences, choose the correct order of adjectives to fill in the blank.

  1. His grandfather lives in the ________________________ house down the street.
    • big old yellow
    • yellow old big
    • old big yellow
  2. The shop offers all kinds of _____________________ objects.
    • interesting old antique
    • old antique interesting
    • old interesting antique
  3. We went for a long walk on a __________________________ trail.
    • Beautiful new 5-mile
    • New, beautiful 5-mile
    • 5-mile new, beautiful


  1. big old yellow
  2. interesting old antique
  3. beautiful new 5-mile

11. A, B, or C? Which phrase contains the denominal adjective?

  1. open door
  2. fun time
  3. Parmesan flavor

Answer: C

12. Some compound adjective contain hyphens. Which of the following sentences is correct?

  1. He’s a decent-judge of character.
  2. She submitted a 190-page document supporting her position.
  3. We’re adopting a two year old parakeet.

Answer: B

13. Which sentence uses the correct order of adjectives?

  1. We took a ride on a red, new, Italian motorbike.
  2. We took a ride on an Italian, new, red motorbike.
  3. We took a ride on a new red Italian motorbike.

Answer: C

14. For each of the following sentences, choose the correct order of adjectives to fill in the blank.

  1. I was thrilled to receive a __________________ book with my order.
    • big, beautiful, leather-bound
    • leather-bound, big, beautiful
    • beautiful big leather-bound
  2. His clown costume consists of a red nose, oversized shoes, and a ________________ jacket.
    • Size 4X polka-dotted silk smoking
    • polka-dotted silk smoking size 4X
    • polka dotted size 4x silk smoking
  3. I’ve been shopping for the perfect _______________ chopsticks.
    • Japanese long sushi
    • long Japanese sushi
    • long sushi Japanese


  1. beautiful big leather-bound
  2. size 4x polka-dotted silk smoking
  3. long Japanese sushi

15. From each group, choose the sentence containing the correct compound adjective.

  1. Jennifer is overworked. She has been putting in 12 hour days lately.
  2. Jennifer is overworked. She has been putting in 12-hour days lately.
  3. Jennifer is overworked. She has been putting in 12-hour-days lately.
  1. Jim prefers spicy, Caribbean-style food.
  2. Jim likes Caribbean foods with lots of spice.
  3. Jim’s favorite foods are spicy ones with Caribbean flavors.
  1. He’s grown two inches since last time we saw him.
  2. He’s grown by a whole two inches since we last saw him.
  3. He’s had a two-inch growth spurt since last time we saw him.

Answers: B, A, C

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