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Adjectives - Let's play a fun learning game!

Updated on March 1, 2012

What is this game about?

I just completed my second assignment for the Teaching English as a Second or Other Language (TESOL) course and I had this idea toying around in my head whilst I was reading the material for the unit and even whilst I was doing the assignment. So what is it that I am speaking about? Well this particular unit was an Introduction to Grammar - parts of speech! Now English is the only language that I speak fluently so I figured, I know my grammar.. but let me tell you - reading about nouns, verbs, adjectives, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, articles and gerunds (yes I said gerunds) I was like .. what? Oh, okay - so sometimes is an adverb! Great! And well I never even knew the word gerund before but I use gerunds all the time. However, I'll leave that for another time.

Moving on.. so I decided to try to write a hub about ADJECTIVES. I am not sure if hubpages will allow a hub like this but I'm sure they'd let me know by sending me a message or flagging my hub. I sincerely hope it's okay though. So my idea for this hub is simple. I will explain what an adjective is and then I will list about ten (10) adjectives to get the ball rolling. Then I will like for anyone who is reading this hub to leave a comment and add three (3) to five (5) really good adjectives in the comments box. I will add them to my listing and sort them alphabetically. I will continue to add adjectives until I have a list of probably about fifty (50) or if this is working out really well.. who knows maybe one hundred (100) and then we'll see. We can all the keep a copy of these adjectives and use them to help spice up our writing, to improve our descriptions of our nouns etc and just to increase our knowledge base. So what do you think? I hope this works! Maybe then I'll do it with other grammar parts of speech but let's start with my favorite first - Adjectives!


What is an Adjective?

Simply put, adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns such as people and things or to say how a person or thing - feels, is, seems, becomes, looks, sounds, tastes or smells. I learnt this from the TESOL course.

Adjectives are all about description! Some simple examples include: big, small, clean, dirty, tall, short etc. However, be careful not to confuse adjectives with adverbs.

Adverbs describe how things are done or happen. For example - like I learnt in my TESOL course, Unit 2 : He looked angry to me. Here angry is an adjective because it describes his appearance. Now examine this sentence - He looked angrily at me. Here angrily is an adverb as it describes the verb (in other words the way he looked at me - how he looked!). Understand?

Let me not digress, back to adjectives! Adjectives are usually used in groups of two or three (in a list form) such as: Ana is intelligent, friendly and stunning. Boy doesn't Ana sound wonderful? See adjectives :-)

I can go into more detail about comparative and superlative adjectives and then list the rules of spelling certain words based on which context they are used but this is not an English course and I also don't want to get in trouble for using TESOL's material. So I just explained the gist of adjectives to make my point based on what I learnt today. I hope you understand. Also everyone on Hubpages writes in English so we are good to go! Now on to listing adjectives! 

If you decide to add a word to the list that is very unique and we might not know the meaning of, please put a simple explanation in brackets. If not I can always add something once you've listed the adjectives. 


  1. Alluring
  2. Arrogant
  3. Astonishing
  4. Awesome (I just like this one!)
  5. Contemporary
  6. Courageous
  7. Deplorable
  8. Disparaging - criticizing someone or something
  9. Divine
  10. Effervescent
  11. Exuberant
  12. Finicky
  13. Funky
  14. Gigantic
  15. Gorgeous
  16. Humongous
  17. Hypersensitive
  18. Hysterical
  19. Incandescent
  20. Incompetent
  21. Indubitable
  22. Infinitesimal
  23. Intelligent
  24. Itchy
  25. Magnificent
  26. Mellifluous (pleasing to the ear; generally used for a person's voice, tone or writing style)
  27. Radiant
  28. Repulsive
  29. Resplendent
  30. Sanguine (happy and hopeful about the future)
  31. Spectacular
  32. Spooky
  33. Squiggly
  34. Statuesque
  35. Stunning
  36. Unrequited
  37. Voluptuous
  38. Voracious
  39. Wifely
  40. Xenophobic

Definitions of these adjectives!

Okay so I got a great list of Adjectives thus far - thank you guys. I realized that the definitions are necessary in order for you guys to properly use these adjectives. I got all the definitions from Oxford University Press online.

  1. Alluring: attractive and exciting in a mysterious way: an alluring smile
  2. Arrogant: behaving in a proud, unpleasant way, showing little thought for other people
  3. Astonishing: very surprising; difficult to believe
  4. Awesome (I just like this one!): very impressive or very difficult and perhaps rather frightening; very good, enjoyable, etc.
  5. Contemporary: belonging to the same time; belonging to the present time
  6. Courageous: showing courage (bravery)
  7. Deplorable: very bad and unacceptable, often in a way that shocks people
  8. Disparaging: criticizing someone or something (to suggest that somebody or something is not important or valuable)
  9. Divine: coming from or connected with God or a god; wonderful; beautiful
  10. Effervescent: (of people and their behaviour) excited, enthusiastic and full of energy; (of a liquid) having or producing small bubbles of gas
  11. Exuberant: full of energy, excitement and happiness; (of plants, etc.) strong and healthy; growing quickly and well
  12. Finicky: (disapproving) too worried about what you eat, wear, etc.; disliking many things; needing great care and attention to detail
  13. Funky: fashionable and unusual; with a strong rhythm that is easy to dance to; having a strong unpleasant smell
  14. Gigantic: extremely large
  15. Gorgeous: very beautiful and attractive; giving pleasure and enjoyment
  16. Humongous: very big
  17. Hypersensitive: very easily offended
  18. Hysterical: in a state of extreme excitement, and crying, laughing, etc. in an uncontrolled way; extremely funny
  19. Incandescent: giving out light when heated; very bright; full of strong emotion
  20. Incompetent: not having the skill or ability to do your job or a task as it should be done
  21. Indubitable: adverb indubitably - in a way that cannot be doubted; without question
  22. Infinitesimal: extremely small
  23. Intelligent: good at learning, understanding and thinking in a logical way about things; showing this ability
  24. Itchy: having or producing an itch on the skin
  25. Magnificent: extremely attractive and impressive; deserving praise
  26. Mellifluous: sounding sweet and smooth; very pleasant to listen to (pleasing to the ear; generally used for a person's voice, tone or writing style)
  27. Radiant: showing great happiness, love or health; giving a warm bright light;
  28. Repulsive: causing a feeling of strong dislike; very unpleasant
  29. Resplendent: brightly coloured in an impressive way
  30. Sanguine: cheerful and confident about the future
  31. Spectacular: very impressive
  32. Spooky: strange and frightening
  33. Squiggly: twisty and curly
  34. Statuesque: tall and beautiful in an impressive way; like a statue
  35. Stunning: extremely attractive or impressive; extremely surprising or shocking
  36. Unrequited: (of love) not returned by the person that you love
  37. Voluptuous: (of a woman) attractive in a sexual way with large breasts and hips; giving you physical pleasure
  38. Voracious: eating or wanting large amounts of food; wanting a lot of new information and knowledge;
  39. Wifely: (old-fashioned or humorous) typical or expected of a wife
  40. Xenophobic: from the noun xenophobia - a strong feeling of dislike or fear of people from other countries

Fun Adjectives from MarenGray

Here are some really unique ones. I did not find them in the online dictionary which I use to double check that the words that I am adding to the list are indeed adjectives. So these are very unique ones! Thanks MarenGray. You made my list that much fantabulous!

  • Gihugic
  • Curmudgeounly
  • Ingoogleable
  • Fantabulous

Keep this going!

Okay so there you go. I've added ten pretty common adjectives but ones that I like. Please keep on adding, let's increase our knowledge base. I know you can always google adjectives and I am pretty sure you will get a nice long listing that you can print out but what I am looking for here is for people to contribute just a few adjectives that they really like and that are great words to use when writing articles. I don't just want to grand listing of every adjective under the sun. If no one read's this hub and add comments then I'll probably end up deleting it but I don't want to do that - so come on... add an adjective Please.. Pretty Please?


Also, if anyone is interested in becoming an English Teacher in a Foreign country you can check out TESOL website. I only now started the course so I can't share my experience as yet, but you are free to go read up about it and see if it is something you might be interested in. I will let you know when I do get my certificate!


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    • adjective profile image


      5 years ago

      I love this hubpages, a fascinating hub to learn adjectives, because learning adjectives will make you witty, wealthy, and wise.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      hey Olya, I got your email. I will respond as soon as possible k. I am presenting working on a presentation so I'm a little busy. However, I think you should definitely do the TESOL course. It can be tedious at times but it's very good and you'd learn a lot.

    • chiara_olya profile image


      7 years ago from Ukraine


    • fatfist profile image


      8 years ago

      Great hub!

      I hope many people read it and understand what you are saying, because they are making profound errors, especially with these 2 adjectives:

      - finite

      - infinite

      Examples of common errors:

      - space is finite

      - space is infinite

      - infinite regression

      - infinite motion

      - the universe is infinite

      - the universe is finite

      - infinite power

      - infinite energy

      - man has finite thinking abilities

      and many others...

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Donna thanks for the adjectives. I'll add them to the list!

    • DonnaWallace profile image

      Donna Wallace 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful tool for ESOL students, as well as any other students. This would be great for homeschool, as well.

      You included my favorite adjective: Effervescent. How about facetious, perky, and ingenious.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Okay I updated the list. Thank you guys for your input! MarenGray your listing was absolutely fantastic! Thanks!

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey thanks for this great list of adjectives. I will add them to the listing..fantabulous :-)

    • MarenGray profile image


      8 years ago from Portland

      Here are some fun adjectives:


















    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Suri Serene.. thanks so much!!!! Off course these help! I will add them to my list.. I like Spooky and Hysterical :-) This is great!

    • Suri Serene profile image

      Suri Serene 

      8 years ago from Former Jesselton, South East Malaysia

      Oh wow this is fun!

      Here goes some of mine:





      Hope it helps!

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Cashmere I am happy to hear that this hub can be helpful to you! I will continue to add adjectives and you can always print the list anytime!

    • cashmere profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Great hub for me to draw material from. I teach spoken english nuances to a group of local kids.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh I came across some other adjectives:

      - Disparaging - criticizing someone or something

      - Awesome (I just like this one!)

      - Deplorable

      - Voracious

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      heymcs thanks so much for your 5 adjectives :-) I hope more people add to the list or else I'll just have to end up adding a whole bunch myself. I need to get cracking with my TESOL course.. I'm slacking off these days but thanks!

    • heymcs profile image


      8 years ago from Utah and DC

      I love adjectives - here's a few more:

      sanguine, itchy, exuberant, alluring and incompetent. I can't wait to see the final list. Good luck with TESOL.

    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hey Big Cheese, thanks those sound great! I'll add them to the list.

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      Big Cheese 

      8 years ago

      What about :

      incandescent and



    • Leandraluv profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Oh WildIris thanks! Look already I learned a new word!!! Thanks so much!

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      8 years ago

      My favorite Adj., much to the annoyance of my children, mellifluous.I love the way the word rolls off the tongue.

      Good Luck with your list!


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