Portuguese Adjectives

Ejemplo de los adjetivos en portugués: O céu azul do Rio é maravilhoso.

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How’s your day? Are you ready to study Portuguese? Let’s learn the adjectives in Portuguese. In our Dica today, we are going to learn how to describe people, places, and things. It is very important to use adjectives in descriptions.

The Adjectives in Portuguese

Adjectives are words that express the characteristics or qualities of nouns, and they usually come after the noun. In Portuguese, the adjectives always agree with nouns. In other words, if the noun is in the plural, the adjective must be in the plural too, and if the noun is masculine, the adjective must be masculine too.

Pay attention to the ends of the words. The masculine adjectives usually end with the letter o and the feminines with the letter a. And the plural forms end with s.

Portuguese Adjectives list

Let’s see some of them:

Singular masculine Singular feminine Plural masculine Plural feminine Translation
Calmo Calma Calmos Calmas Calm
Simpático Simpática Simpáticos Simpáticas Friendly
Bonito Bonita Bonitos Bonitas Handsome/Beautiful
Feio Feia Feios Feias Ugly
Alto Alta Altos Altas Tall
Baixo Baixa Baixos Baixas Short/Low
Loiro Loira Loiros Loiras Blonde
Branco Branca Brancos Brancas White
Dourado Dourada Dourados Douradas Golden
Cansado Cansada Cansados Cansadas Tired
Velho Velha Velhos Velhas Old
Bom Boa Bons Boas Good
Mau Má Maus s Bad
Escuro Escura Escuros Escuras Dark
Maravilhoso Maravilhosa Maravilhosos Maravilhosas Wonderful
Pequeno Pequena Pequenos Pequenas Little
Vazio Vazia Vazios Vazias Empty
Cheio Cheia Cheios Cheias Full
Divertido Divertida Divertidos Divertidas Fun
Generoso Generosa Generosos Generosas Generous
Honesto Honesta Honestos Honestas Honest
Longo Longa Longos Longas Long
Novo Nova Novos Novas New
Educado Educada Educados Educadas Polite
Rico Rica Ricos Ricas Rich
Magro Magra Magros Magras Thin
Cansado Cansada Cansados Cansadas Tired
Brasileiro Brasileira Brasileiros Brasileiras Brazilian
Inglês Inglesa Ingleses Inglesas English
Espanhol Espanhola Espanhóis Espanholas Spanish
Alemão Alemã Alemães Alemãs German
Europeu Européia Europeus Europeias European

Other Adjectives in Portuguese

There are also some Portuguese Adjectives that only vary in singular and plural; they don’t vary with masculine or feminine. That is, we can use these adjectives in the masculine and in the feminine form regardless of the word that comes after. Take a look:

Masculine/Feminine Singular Masculine/Feminine Plural Translation
Inteligente Inteligentes Intelligent
Alegre Alegres Glad
Feliz Felizes Happy
Amigável Amigáveis Friendly
Jovem Jovens Young
Triste Tristes Sad
Confiante Confiantes Confident
Horrível Horríveis Horrible
Importante Importantes Important
Pobre Pobres Poor
Azul Azuis Blue
Pobre Pobres Poor
Grande Grandes Big/Great
Fácil Fáceis Easy
Difícil Difíceis Difficult
Livre Livres Free
Responsável Responsáveis Responsible
Forte Fortes Strong
Belga Belgas Belgian
Israelense Israelenses Israeli
Fiel Fiéis Loyal
Civil Civis Civil
Melhor Melhores Best/Better

If you have any doubt about forming the plural in Portuguese check out our Dicas about it: Plural in Portuguese, Plural of the words ending in L, Plural of the words ending in ÃO.

Let’s take a look at some sentences that use these descriptive words (adjectives):

Examples

Eu sou uma pessoa calma, simpática e inteligente.
I am a very calm, friendly, and intelligent person.

Você está muito bonito.
You are very handsome.

Ele tem olhos verdes, é alto e tem um cabelo loiro.
He has green eyes, is tall, and has blond hair.

Ela está usando um vestido azul muito bonito, um sapato branco e brincos dourados.
She is using a beautiful blue dress, white heels, and gold earrings.

Nós estamos em um lugar muito bonito. É uma cidade muito alegre com pessoas felizes e amigáveis.
We are in a very beautiful place. It’s a very lively city with happy and friendly people.

Vocês parecem cansados.
You look tired.

Nós não gostamos daqui: é muito escuro e tem um ar muito desagradável.
We don’t like it here: it’s very dark and it has an awful sent.

Eles estão usando camisas brancas.
They are wearing white t – shirts.

Elas vão estar muito bonitas na festa de amanhã.
They will be very beautiful for the party tomorrow.

O melhor jeito de praticar Português é aprendendo Português no Brasil!
The best way to practice Portuguese is learning Portuguese in Brazil!

Fazer aulas de Português no Rio é muito divertido!
Taking Portuguese classes in Rio is so much fun!

Now it’s your turn!

Well, now we know how to describe people, places, and things using adjectives. Ready for some practice? Complete the text with the corresponding adjectives:

Simpática – Inteligente – Confiante – Bom – Baixa – Alta – Jovem – Feliz – Calma – Amigável – Europeus – Espanhóis – Ingleses – Brasileiros – Melhor

Alice é uma menina muito (1)________________, sabe conversar sobre muitos assuntos diferentes. Por isso que ela se sente (2)_______________ para falar tudo o que pensa. Ela é muito parecida com sua mãe, sempre (3)_______________, tem paciência com todos ao seu redor, está todo o tempo (4)_______________ e com um sorriso no rosto.

O irmão caçula de Alice é quatro anos mais (5)_______________ que ela e se chama Pedro. Ele é muito (6)_______________e tem um português muito (7)_____________. Por ser mais velha, na sua estatura, Alice é mais (8)______________ que Pedro, mas Alice é mais (9)_______________ que sua mãe, Carla, que é uma pessoa muito (10)_______________ também. Todos gostam dela.

Alice conhece muitos estudantes (11)_______________, principalmente (12)_______________  e (13)_______________ . E claro que ela também tem muitos amigos (14)_______________. Alice acha que conhecer estrangeiros é o (15)_______________  jeito de praticar idiomas.

How about practicing with your friends and showing them how much you are learning the Brazilian Portuguese? And who knows, come to study Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro and practice with cariocas.

See you later!

Ler esta Dica em Português                width=
Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Possessive Pronouns in Portuguese
Genders in Portuguese
Plural in Portuguese
Plural of the words ending in L

Exercise about adjectives in Portuguese: Answers

  1. Inteligente
  2. Confiante
  3. Calma
  4. Feliz
  5. Jovem
  6. Amigável
  7. Bom
  8. Alta
  9. Baixa
  10. Simpática
  11. Europeus
  12. Espanhóis
  13. Ingleses
  14. Brasileiros
  15. Melhor

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