By Justin 77 Do you have a hard time finding different ways to describe beautiful and attractive things, experiences, and people? English has so many ways to say the same thing. Pay attention to the Etymology of some of the words below. Your native language probably has an elaborate selection of words to describe beauty and attraction, but you probably only know a few in English. By creating a rich vocabulary , you enrich your English and sound much more natural.
Cute can be used to describe a dog, a baby, or a person you are attracted to in a romantic or non-romantic way. Adore as a verb, however, means to have a deep love and respect for someone. Attractive is the most generic and objective way to say that another person has a pleasing appearance. It does not necessarily denote romantic interest. This is a word you might use to talk about a person to objectively describe someone as good-looking and not to a person your interested in.
Good-looking is one of the most common ways to describe a person who is attractive. It is used to talk about people who have a pleasing appearance. Good-looking comes from to look good e. Beautiful is the classic way to describe a feminine beauty at least when talking about people , which often expresses both outer and inner beauty. Calling a person of the opposite sex beautiful i. With romantic intentions, beautiful is generally used to describe a feminine or very intimate beauty.
While a man would call a woman beautiful, a woman would call a man good-looking, cute, or even handsome. Also keep in mind that beautiful is not just used to describe people, but also places and things, which is much more universal.
English with Modern Family: Handsome is a word that is traditionally used to describe an attractive man. In the United States, this is a more old-fashioned word, and is rarely used by younger generations, while Australians of all ages use this to describe attractive men all the time.
Most people younger than 40 would use good-looking or cute in this situation. Beautiful is a more powerful and complete concept beauty can describe not just outer beauty, but also inner beauty, as well as grace , and has more of an impact.
Pretty, on the other hand, may be more based on physical appearance that can be molded by cosmetics. This is another word describing feminine beauty. Gorgeous is another synonym for beautiful that denotes a very powerful physical attraction.
This can be used for both feminine and masculine beauty, although it is more common for women to use this to describe men. You can also use it to describe things and events i.
I had a lovely time at the park, my vacation was lovely, etc. This is used a lot in posh British English. Exquisite means to be beautiful in a very delicate and refined way. Similar to the word lovely, when describing people, exquisite denotes an extreme feminine beauty.
It is commonly used to describe feminine beauty, but can be used to describe a man too. Foxy is another word that is used in English to describe a very attractive woman or man.
The literal meaning of a fox is a wild animal similar to a dog- see definition below , and the origin of the British word is foxismonitism, which means young and attractive. Radiant is a bright, or shining kind of beautiful that is specifically used to describe feminine beauty. This is a beauty that is vibrant with light, luminosity, life, energy and health.
It also is common to use this as a temporal, in-the-moment beauty. Sexy is a word that I believe translates into other languages and most people have an understanding of.
It means that the person is attractive in a very sexual, sensual way, that they cause excitement. Babe is noun used to describe a very beautiful woman or in rare cases, a man. Something that is attractive or interesting it appeals to you. Something that seduces or lures you in a mysterious way.
You can say this about a person or a thing. Something or someone that surprises or impresses you when describing a person, this is more of an in-depth feeling, not strictly external beauty. Is another way to describe something of a religious connotation, or, when describing a person, a mystical or sacred type of connection or beauty.
Becoming adj is more of an elegant word meaning that it brings out the beauty, such as a nice dress or shirt that makes a person or thing more beautiful. It can also mean that it is appropriate, or fits well with something. Beguiling adj is a type of beauty that is charming and attractive, but sometimes in a clever or deceptive way.
This is often used to describe people and things that grab you and leave you without control. This is used much more to describe the ideal man i. Similar to bewitched and enchanting. This is an attractive combination, or something that fits well together, such as clothes, or a couple that complements each other.
Dainty adj is a delicate or exquisite feminine beauty. This word is a bit old-fashioned and common in old-English literature. Delightful adj is something that delights, or pleases you. It has a connotation of smooth, delicate features, with a hint of innocence. You might see these in old movies. Dreamy adj is a type of human beauty that invokes a person to daydream to fantasize about something.
Drop-dead is only used to describe people. As exemplified Easy on the eyes adj is a type of beauty that makes it easy to look at that person. It is, of course, an understatement the presence of something as being smaller. Also Not Hard to Look At. Although it is not a bad word, it is very direct and sexual. This can be used with people and things. Similar to charming and bewitched. Similar to wonderful and amazing.
Fair adj is a very delicate form of beauty that comes from old-English i. It can be used to describe a person or a thing. Fetching adj is an adjective meaning attractive that comes from old English. Glorious adj is a type of appeal that evokes splendor, admiration, and glory. Hypnotic adj is somebody who is so attractive that they hypnotize you in a way that you lose control.
This is often used to describe a beautiful person, but is also used to describe emotions, feelings, and impulses. As is often the case, the sensual experience of food transfers over to describe somebody who is sensually attractive. It can be used to describe a strong attraction or appeal toward a person, or a thing. Riveting adj is something that fully captures your attention in a positive way to the point of losing control. Seductive adj is a type of beauty that seduces you, attracts you, and tempts you.
This is used for both people and things. Taking adj is a type of person who captivates grabs or takes you into possession with their beauty or charm. This is not commonly used nowadays. A Traffic Stopper n refers to a person who is so attractive that they stop traffic.
Whatever the reason, this is usually a reference to women. This can be used to describe fascinating and beautiful things as well. Winsome adj describes someone is attractive in physical appearance of character.