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Physical Features

In this lesson you will practice describing the physical features of your characters.

Instructions for the Quiz

Start by copying these five sentences into the answer box.

    1. He was tall, lean, and lanky.
    2. He was athletic, with a square jaw and a dazzling smile.
    3. She had wrinkly skin, a sharp nose, and narrow eyes.
    4. His shoulders were broad; his hands were strong.
    5. Her face was round; her skin was smooth, and her eyes were innocent.

Now replace all the highlighted words with adjectives and nouns of your own. (Use the lists below).

You can be a bit creative (altering pronouns and other words, as necessary), but try not to alter the sentence patterns too much.

Most importantly, your description should allow me to picture your characters in my mind.

Pay careful attention to the punctuation!

He was . . .
  • tall
  • average height
  • short
  • petite
  • tiny
  • compact
  • big
  • large
  • burly
  • beefy
  • generous
  • voluptuous
  • curvy
  • plump
  • trim
  • thin
  • skinny
  • emaciated
  • gaunt
  • strapping
  • powerful
  • hulking
  • fit
  • athletic
  • bald
  • bulky
  • brawny
  • barrel-chested
  • heavy
  • heavy-set
  • fat
  • overweight
  • obese
  • flabby
  • chunky
  • chubby
  • leggy
  • long-legged
  • gangling
  • lanky
  • coltish
  • lissome
  • bony
  • spare
  • solid
  • stocky
  • wiry
  • toned
  • built
  • muscular
  • chiseled
  • taut
  • pudgy
  • pot-bellied
  • portly
  • thick
  • stout
  • lush
  • plush
  • full-figured
  • ample
  • rounded
  • willowy
  • lithe
  • lean
  • slim
  • slender
  • rangy
  • sinewy
  • stringy
  • ropy
  • sturdy
  • ripped
  • Herculean
  • broad-shouldered
  • bowlegged

 

His face was . . .
  • square
  • round
  • oblong
  • oval
  • elongated
  • narrow
  • catlike
  • wolfish
  • thin
  • wide
  • friendly
  • stern
  • serious
  • jovial
  • grave
  • craggy
  • soft
  • jowly
  • somber

 

He had [a]

  • high forehead
  • broad forehead
  • sharp cheekbones
  • high cheekbones
  • hollow cheeks
  • square jaw
  • jutting chin
  • pointed chin
  • weak chin
  • stubborn chin
  • receding chin
  • double chin
  • cleft chin
  • dimpled chin
  • straight teeth
  • gap between [his] front teeth
  • a scar across his cheek
  • large Adam’s apple
  • chiseled jaw
  • sculpted jaw
  • hourglass figure
  • stubby fingers
  • long fingers
  • ragged fingernails
  • grimy fingernails
  • ink-stained fingers
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • broad shoulders
  • sloping shoulders

 

 

His hair was . . .
  • brown
  • blonde
  • black
  • long
  • short
  • shoulder-length
  • loose
  • limp
  • dull
  • shiny
  • glossy
  • sleek
  • smooth
  • straggly
  • neatly-combed
  • parted
  • slicked down
  • slicked back
  • cropped
  • clipped
  • bob
  • mullet
  • black
  • blue-black
  • jet black
  • raven
  • ebony
  • inky black
  • midnight
  • sable
  • salt and pepper
  • silver / silver gray
  • honey
  • wheat
  • blonde
  • luminous
  • lustrous
  • spiky
  • stringy
  • shaggy
  • tangled
  • messy
  • tousled
  • windblown
  • unkempt
  • straight
  • lanky
  • dry
  • oily
  • greasy
  • layers
  • corkscrews
  • wavy
  • buzzed
  • buzz cut
  • crewcut
  • charcoal gray
  • steel gray
  • white
  • snow-white
  • brown
  • brunette
  • chocolate brown
  • coffee brown
  • ash brown
  • brown sugar
  • golden
  • sandy blond
  • flaxen
  • afro
  • thick
  • luxuriant
  • voluminous
  • full
  • wild
  • untamed
  • bouncy
  • wispy
  • fine
  • thinning
  • spirals
  • ringlets
  • braids
  • widow’s peak
  • bald
  • shaved
  • comb-over
  • curly
  • bushy
  • frizzynut brown
  • caramel
  • tawny brown
  • toffee brown
  • red
  • ginger
  • auburn
  • Titian-haired
  • copper
  • strawberry blonde
  • butterscotch
  • fair-haired
  • bleached
  • platinum

 

His eyes were . . .
  • honest
  • shifty
  • friendly
  • menacing
  • intelligent
  • calm
  • greedy
  • innocent
  • dull
  • narrow
  • deep
  • beautiful
  • sparkling
  • beady
  • bird-like
  • cat-like
  • sunken
  • round
  • sharp
  • bright

 

  • large
  • deep-set
  • steely
  • brown
  • blue
  • emerald green
  • narrow
  • jewel-like
  • Arctic blue
  • bulging

 

His nose was . . .
  • snub
  • dainty
  • button
  • turned-up
  • long
  • broad
  • thin
  • straight
  • pointed
  • crooked
  • aquiline
  • Roman
  • bulbous
  • flared
  • hawk
  • strong

 

Her eyebrows were
  • arched
  • straight
  • plucked
  • sparse
  • trim
  • dark
  • faint
  • thin
  • thick
  • unruly
  • bushy
  • heavy

 

His skin was . . .
  • lined
  • wrinkled
  • seamed
  • leathery
  • sagging
  • drooping
  • loose
  • clear
  • smooth
  • silken
  • sunburned
  • weather-beaten
  • raw
  • tattooed
  • amber
  • bronze
  • cinnamon
  • copper
  • dark brown
  • deep brown
  • ebony
  • honey
  • golden
  • lined
  • wrinkled
  • seamed
  • leathery
  • sagging
  • drooping
  • loose
  • clear
  • smooth
  • silken
  • sunburned
  • weather-beaten
  • raw
  • tattooed
  • satiny
  • dry
  • flaky
  • scaly
  • delicate
  • thin
  • translucent
  • luminescent
  • baby-soft
  • flawless
  • doughy
  • firm
  • freckled
  • pimply
  • pockmarked
  • pale
  • pallid
  • pasty
  • fair
  • light
  • cream / creamy
  • alabaster
  • ivory
  • bisque
  • milky
  • satiny
  • dry
  • flaky
  • scaly
  • delicate
  • thin
  • translucent
  • luminescent
  • baby-soft
  • flawless
  • doughy
  • firm
  • freckled
  • pimply
  • pockmarked
  • scarred
  • bruised
  • veined
  • scratched
  • poreless
  • with large pores
  • glowing
  • dewy
  • dull
  • velvety
  • fuzzy
  • rough
  • uneven
  • mottled
  • dimpled
  • blemished
  • pitted
  • scarred
  • bruised
  • veined
  • scratched
  • porcelain
  • chalky
  • sallow
  • olive
  • peach
  • rose / rosy
  • ruddy
  • florid
  • russet
  • tawny
  • fawn
  • poreless
  • with large pores
  • glowing
  • dewy
  • dull
  • velvety
  • fuzzy
  • rough
  • uneven
  • mottled
  • dimpled
  • blemished
  • pitted

 

Her mouth was . ..

 

 

  • thin
  • narrow

 

 

 

His lips were . . .

 

  • full
  • lush
  • glossy
  • dry
  • cracked
  • chapped
  • moist

 

 

His smile was . . .

 

  • friendly
  • sinister
  • mischievious
  • sparkling
  • radiant
  • confident
  • shy
  • dazzling

 

 

His teeth were . . .

 

  • straight
  • crooked
  • gleaming white
  • full of gaps

 

 

 

He was . . .

 

  • clean-shaven
  • smooth-shaven
  • bearded

 

He had [a]

 

  • [thick] moustache
  • [full] beard
  • [straggly] neckbeard
  • [trim] goatee
  • [long] sideburns
  • mutton-chop sideburns
  • stubbly cheeks
  • a few days’ growth of beard
  • five o’ clock shadow

 

His hands were
  • delicate
  • small
  • large
  • sturdy

 

  • smooth
  • rough
  • calloused
  • strong
  • elegant
  • plump
  • manicured