23 Adjectives to Describe People Positively in English

Jun 21, 2017 | Advanced Vocabulary

Would you say that you have a larger than life personality or are you easygoing and laid-back?

Do you know anyone who is a ray of sunshine?

Not sure? No problem. With today’s Confident English lesson, you’ll learn advanced vocabulary to describe a person’s characteristics or personality in a positive way.

Several weeks ago, I shared a lesson with you on How to Describe Your Personality in English. Today we’re going to advance your knowledge and focus specifically on positive traits. (Looking for Negative Adjectives to Describe People in English? I’ve got it for you.)

If I ask you, “What do you love about your best friend,” you’ll know exactly how to respond after today’s lesson.

Advanced vocabulary to say what you love about people.

Lesson by Annemarie

23 Adjectives and Idioms to Describe People Positively in English

A bubbly personality

someone who is very happy, perky, and often optimistic

A ray of sunshine

a happy person who makes others happy; to be warm, kind, bright; someone who is a delight to be around

A Type A personality

someone who is ambitious, goal-driven, focused on achievement, competitive, organized, proactive, and in control


someone who is loving and warm

An old soul

someone who is wise and thoughtful; someone who seems much older than they are with much wisdom


someone who is very creative; someone who has a natural ability in art


someone with great charm; one who inspires others or is compelling


someone who talks a lot or is easy to talk to; talkative


elegant; stylish; skillful; someone with high standards for behavior and looks


someone who is practical, realistic; sensible


someone who is mostly relaxed and calm; relaxed; laid-back is also often used to describe someone with these traits


someone who is full of life, very social, friendly; someone often described as the life of the party


a hard-worker; someone who is skilled and diligent at work


someone with a very strong personality; someone who impresses others

Natural-born ______ (for example, a natural-born artist)

someone who has a natural ability at something from a young age

Social butterfly

slang for someone who is dynamic, charismatic, and very social


someone who is a good listener and listens to others problems; someone who expresses sympathy


someone who is not easily upset by criticism or insults


someone who is not arrogant about their abilities; humble; no desire to be noticed or praised

Now I’d love to hear from you. 

As always, I have a challenge question for you today. This means you have the opportunity to learn and then immediately practice this advanced vocabulary.

After you’ve watched the video and reviewed the key vocabulary, think of someone you admire very much. Perhaps it’s your best friend, your boss, or your aunt.

And then tell me about this person. Share your thoughts and describe this person with some of the language you’ve learned from today’s lesson.

I look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to read comments from others as well. You might learn something new!

~ Annemarie

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