Features in Portuguese

examples of features in portuguese: ela tem cabelos castanhos.

What’s up, friends! Today we are going to learn about personal features in Portuguese. We’ll learn how to describe someone’s personality and physical characteristics! This way, you can talk about someone being beautiful, tall, short, young, old, fat, skinny and much more in Portuguese!

Describing Someone’s Features 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. Take a look at the example:

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

Physical Features in Portuguese

Obviously, there are many ways we can describe someone in Portuguese. Let’s start with the physical characteristics, such as fat, skinny, old, young, tall and short in Portuguese!

Alto(a)Tall
Baixo(a)Short
Gordo(a)Fat
Magro(a)Skinny
ForteStrong
Fraco(a)Weak
Bonito(a)Beautiful / Pretty / Handsome
Feio(a)Ugly
GrandeBig
Pequeno(a)Small
JovemYoung
Idoso(a)Old
Cabelo longoLong hair
Cabelo curtoShort hair
Cabelo lisoStraight hair
Cabelo onduladoWavy hair
Cabelo cacheadoCurly hair
Loiro(a)Blond
Moreno(a)Brunette
Ruivo(a)Redhead

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

Examples for Physical Features in Portuguese

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 azuisBlue eyes
Olhos verdesGreen eyes
Olhos castanhosBrown eyes
Olhos pretosBlack eyes

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

Examples for Eye Color in Portuguese

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 Features in Portuguese

Now that you know how to describe someone by their physical traits, let’s take a look at how to describe someone by their personal characteristics:

EducadoPolite
Mal-educadoImpolite / Rude
ArroganteArrogant
InteligenteIntelligent
BurroStupid
GentilKind
SimpáticoFriendly
AntipáticoUnfriendly
Bem-humoradoGood-natured / Easygoing
Mal-humoradoGrouchy / Grumpy
NervosoNervous
EstressadoStressed
TrabalhadorHardworking
CiumentoJealous
CalmoCalm
FielFaithful
MentirosoLiar
DesconfiadoSuspicious / Distrustful

Examples for Personal Features in Portuguese

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, including physical and psychological features, such as intelligent, stupid, fat, skinny, young, old, beautiful and ugly 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.

Bye!
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!

 Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Adjectives in Portuguese
Body Parts in Portuguese
Antonyms in Portuguese
Metaphony in Portuguese

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