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Words Describing People

(2008-11-02 11:22:27)
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Words Describing People

Age
She was in her late teens / he was in his early twenties / she was about thirty years old / his twevle-year-old son / a middle-aged woman / a man in his sixties

Height
Estimating sonmeone's height is more useful than describing them as tall, short or average height. Use either meters or feet and inches(12 in=1 ft).
1 m 50 =4 ft ll in        i m 70=5 ft 7 in        1 m 90=6 ft 3 in

Build
Plump / corpulent / overweight / obese
  Plump  adj. 圆胖的, 丰满的, 鼓起的
  corpulent  adj. 尤作委婉语  (of a person or his body) fat (指人或人的身体)肥胖的
  obese  adj (fml or medical 文或医) (of people) very fat (指人)过度肥胖的
muscular / athletic / powerful / stocky / chunky / broad-shouldered
   muscular  adj.肌肉的, 强健的
   athletic  运动员的; 运动的
   powerful  强有力的; 力量大的
   stocky  矮壮的, 健壮结实的
   chunky  身体短粗的; 矮胖的; 敦实的
skinny / slim / anorexic / long-legged / loose-limbed
   skinny  皮的, 似皮的, 膜状的, 小的(贬义)
   slim  苗条的, 纤细的
   anorexic 因厌食引起的营养不良,瘦弱 (anorexia  n.食欲减退, 厌食)
   loose-limbed   四肢笨拙的
a well-built man.....a man of medium / average / normal build(体形)

Hair
length, style and color (normally in that order)
He's got long curly black hair.
She's got copper-colored hennaed hair that comes down to her waist, and which she often wears tied with a scarf, hanging loosely down her back.
      copper-colored  adj.铜色的, 赤褐色的
      hennaed  adj.染上了指甲花红染料的
      scarf  围巾; 头巾; 披肩

Eyes
size, shape and colour; eyebrowns and eyelashes
My attacker had small round grey eyes.
He's got astonishing bright blue eyes and long dark eyelashes.
You could describle the light in someone's eyes: sparkling / twinkling / flashing / brilliant
You can also describle eyes in a way that may be a commen on the person behind them: cold grey eyes, inquisitive / dreamy eyes, piggy eyes, calm / shifty / worried eyes
    dreamy : (of a person) with thoughts far away from his present surroundings, work, etc (指人)心不在焉的. 
    piggy : adj.贪心的
    shifty eyes :诡诈的眼睛,看上去不可靠的

Clothes
Descrbing someone's clothes is sometimes easier but just as effective as describing the rest of their appearance. Using adjectives you could mention your opinion of the garment, its age, shape, colour, origin, material and make (uaually in that order).
a romantic low-cut crimson satin Laura Ashley eventing dress
sexy skin-tight Italian leather trousers
Mention also jewelley and make-up(化妆).
     crimson  adj.深红色的
     satin  n.缎子, 假缎, 缎纹 adj.绸缎做的, 缎子一般的, 光滑(似缎)的
     skin-tight  adj.紧身的,包身的(衣服)

Face 
a long thin face with narrow lips and high cheekbones
a round face with a little turned-up nose and chubby pink cheeks
He was bald, with a huge forehead and no chin.
a pretty face with small regular features and a pointed chin
      chubby  adj (-ier, -iest) round and plump; slightly fat 圆胖丰满的; 稍胖的:
      bald  adj. 光秃的, 单调的, 枯燥的
      pointed  adj.尖角的, 敏锐的, 锐利的, 率直的, 突出的

Skin
colour: white / pale / tanned / suntanned / oriental / dark / brown / coffee-coloured / black 
a smooth complexion / pale complexion / dark complexion
clear skin / greasy skin / a spotty face / a fresh-faced youth
age: wrinkled / lined / laugh-lines / crow's feet
       tan  n.日晒后的颜色, 棕褐色, 茶色  adj.棕褐色的, 茶色
       suntanned  adj.给太阳晒黑的
       Oriental  adj of or from the Orient 东方国家的; 来自东方国家的
       complexion  n.面色, 肤色, 情况, 局面

Distinguishing features
glasses / scar / beard / birthmark / mole / wooden leg / tattoo
speech : stutter / stammer / lisp / deep voice / squeaky voice
       scar  n.伤痕,疤痕
       birthmark  n.胎记, 胎痣
       mole 
       tattoo  n.纹身
       stutter n.口吃, 结结巴巴  v.口吃着说
       stammer  v.口吃, 结巴着说出, 结结巴巴地说  n.口吃
       lisp  v.咬着舌儿说  n.口齿不清
       squeaky voice  短促尖声

Character
Some aspects of people 's character are also part of their physical appearance, betrayed in their expressions or the way the move.
jumpy / highly-strung / anxious
self-assured / confident / determined
smug / self-satisfied / arrogant
cheerful / relaxed / sociable / aggressive / sensual
      jumpy:  On edge; nervous.紧张不安的;提心吊胆的,神经质的
      highly strung  (指人)神经过敏的; 容易激动的
      smug  adj.自鸣得意的
      arrogant  adj.傲慢的, 自大的

Impression
He looked like a football hooligan /Keanu Reeves.
He looked as if he was waiting for someone.
She might have been a student.
She seemed very confused.
I got the impression that the child was his accomplice.
        hooligan  n.小流氓
        accomplice n.同谋者, 帮凶

 

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