Describe someone in Portuguese. Ela tem cabelos castanhos.

What’s up, friends! Today we are going to learn how to describe someone in Portuguese. We are going to talk about describing a person´s personality and physical characteristics.

Describe Someone in Portuguese

We can use many different expressions to describe a person, but the most common way to do it is by using the verb Ser and the verb Ter.

Example

Ele é alto e tem cabelo loiro.
He is tall and has blond hair.

Obviously, there are many ways we can describe someone in Portuguese. Let’s start with the physical ones:

Physical Characteristics in Portuguese

Alto(a)
Baixo(a)
Gordo(a)
Magro(a)
Forte
Fraco(a)
Bonito(a)
Feio(a)
Grande
Pequeno(a)
Jovem
Idoso(a)
Cabelo longo
Cabelo curto
Cabelo liso
Cabelo ondulado
Cabelo cacheado
Loiro(a)
Moreno(a)
Ruivo(a)
Tall
Short

Fat
Thin

Strong
Weak
Pretty/handsome

Ugly
Big

Small
Young
Old

Long hair
Short hair

Straight hair
Wavy hair
Curly hair

Blond
Brunette
Redhead

For certain physical characteristics, we normally use the diminutive  (gordinho, baixinho, etc.)  in order not to sound rude or aggressive.

Examples

Luana é baixa, tem cabelo curto e preto.
Luana is short, she has short, black hair.

Kurt é alto, magro, tem cabelo loiro e curto.
Kurt is tall, he is thin, and he has blond, short hair.

Diogo é gordinho e tem cabelo curto.
Diogo is chubby and has short hair.

Lúcia é muito jovem com cabelos longos e ondulados.
Lúcia is very young and has longwavy hair.

We can also describe someone by talking about the characteristics of parts of their body. Take a look at our Dica about body parts in Portuguese to learn more.

Eye Color in Portuguese

Describe Someone in Portuguese. Olhos azuis Olhos verdes Olhos Castanhos Olhos pretos

Olhos azuis
Olhos verdes
Olhos castanhos
Olhos pretos
Blue eyes
Green eyes
Brown eyes
Black eyes

When describing someone’s eyes in Portuguese, use the verb ter (to have). For example:

Muitos brasileiros que moram no sul têm olhos azuis.
Many Brazilians who live in the south have blue eyes.

Eu amo pessoas com olhos castanhos.
I love people with brown eyes.

Ela tem olhos pretos?
Does she have black eyes?

Eles têm olhos verdes ou azuis?
Do they have green or black eyes?

Personal Characteristics

Educado
Mal-educado
Arrogante
Inteligente
Burro
Gentil
Simpático
Antipático
Bem-humorado
Mal-humorado
Nervoso
Estressado
Trabalhador
Ciumento
Calmo
Fiel
Mentiroso
Desconfiado
Polite
Impolite / Rude
Arrogant

Intelligent
Stupid
Kind

Friendly
Unfriendly

Good-natured / Easygoing
Grouchy / Grumpy

Nervous
Stressed
Hardworking

Jealous
Calm
Faithful
Liar
Suspicious / Distrustful 

Examples

Marina é uma menina muito inteligente.
Marina is a very intelligent girl.

Paulo nunca está estressado, ele é muito calmo.
Paulo is never stressed, he is very calm.

Os brasileiros são muito simpáticos.
Brazilians are very friendly people.

Minha namorada não tem problemas comigo porque não sou ciumento.
My girlfriend doesn’t have any problems with me, because I am not jealous.

Alright, guys! Now we know how to describe someone in Portuguese. What about you? Can you describe yourself for us? Don’t forget to subscribe to A Dica do Dia and follow us on Twitter for lessons in Portuguese.

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