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142+ Arabic Adjectives List With Meaning

In this post, we will learn a long Arabic adjectives list, with their meaning. This post can be used as a reference you can come back to when you need to find an adjective, examples, how to use them etc. First, we will look at general adjectives and then we will look at ones used to describe humans/people or animals.

One pronunciation rule before we start: because some Arabic sounds don’t exist in English we will be using the following:
3= ع
7= ح
2= ء

Common Arabic Adjectives List

Important example or commentMeaning in EnglishAdjective in Arabic الصفة
Egyptian dialect: “soghayar”smallصغير
bigكبير
With buildings, we use عاليtallطويل
Example: I wrote a short story
كتبت قصةَ قصيرةَ
shortقصير
softناعم
hardخشن
مشى محمد في الشارع الضيق
Mohamed walked in the narrow street
narrow/tightضيق
“wase3”wideواسع
Egyptian dialect is the same as Arabic heremushyطري
رميت صخرة جامدهhardجامد
“fed-fad”looseفضفاض
مشى أحمد في الممر المعتم
Ahmed walked in the dark alley
darkمعتم / مظلم
دخلت الغرفة المضيئه
I entered the bright room
brightمضيء / منير
لبست قميصًا أزرق فاتحًا
I wore a light blue shirt
light colouredفاتح (فاتح اللون)
حائط أخضر غامق
A dark green wall
dark (coloured)غامق
shinyلامع
nearقريب
The far hotel
الفندق البعيد
farبعيد
fastسريع
I saw a slow turtle
رأيت سلحفاة بطيئه
slowبطيء
Don’t confuse this with (funny)
خفيف الظل / مرح
light (in weight)خفيف
heavyثقيل
هذا موضوع قديم
This is an old subject
oldقديم
قاد الرجل السياره الجديده
The man drove the new car
newجديد
أحب الجو البارد
I like cold weather
coldبارد
أحمد يكره الجو الحار
Ahmed hates the hot weather
hotحار
allowed / permittedمباح
prohibitedممنوع
tinyضئيل
completeكامل
incompleteناقص
afloatعائم
pronounced: 3’areqdrownedغارق

Arabic Adjectives To Describe A Person

In this section, I will start with the most common adjectives used in the Arabic language to describe a person (some of them can be used to describe other living creatures). Some of the examples are more common in the traditional versions of modern standard Arabic (MSA) or in the Quran, these will be in Italic.

Notice that not all adjectives from English or other language would have a direct equal in Arabic. However, there would always be a way to do that. You can always use the word “dhu”

ذو;

it means “with” or a person who has [fill in the blanks]. So, you might want to say that something has a sacredness you could say:
شيء ذو قدسيه

Important example or commentMeaning in EnglishAdjective in Arabic الصفة
الهاتف الذكي the smart phone!smartذكي
stupidغبي
quick wittedسريع البديهه
this means someone who is observant and
also quick witted
very observantلماح
elderlyعجوز
youngشاب
هذه فتاةٌ سعيدةٌ
This is a happy girl
happyسعيد
delightedمسرور
الولد الحزين يقف هناك
The sad boy stands there
sadحزين
رأيت رجلا مكتئبًا
I saw a depressed man
depressedمكتئب
richغني
poorفقير
tells the truthhonestصادق
liarكاذب
a just / fair personعادل
unjustظالم
afraidخائف
confidentواثق
رجل شجاع
A brave man
braveشجاع
لص جبان
A coward thief
cowardجبان
جاء الولد السخيف
The silly boy came
sillyسخيف
فتاةُ ظريفة
A cool girl
coolظريف
غرفةُ نظيفة
A clean room
cleanنظيف
standing / uprightقائم
sittingقاعد / جالس
asleepنائم
layingمضطجع
comfortableمرتاح
someone who has a clear consciencecarefreeمرتاح البال
uncomfortableمتضايق
handsomeوسيم
جميله is obviously the feminine version
This adjective can also describe objects
beautifulجميل
uglyدميم / دميمه
presentحاضر
absentغائب
honestشريف
dishonestحقير
meanلئيم
proudمعتز
shyخجول
idiotأحمق
person with a large builtضخم الجثه
angryغاضب
quietهاديء
peacefulمسالم
hungryجائع
full شبعان

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Important example or commentMeaning in EnglishAdjective in Arabic الصفة
optimisticمتفائل
(motafa2el)
pessimisticمتشائم
goingقادم
comingذاهب
evilشرير
traitor / cheaterخائن
loyalوفي
dreamerحالم
busyمشغول
confusedمرتبك
You might also see the word ملول which
is someone who is easily bored
bored (MSA)
Egyptian dialect
Gulf dialect
يشعر بالملل
زهقان
طفشان
could also mean agitatedrevolutionaryثائر
the literal translation means someone
has a piercing gaze. The word “dhu” means with, someone
with …. (a piercing gaze, a nice hair, etc)
insightfulذو نظر ثاقب
“motafaweq”successfulمتفوق
thinنحيف
obeseسمين
overweightزائد الوزن
as with many others, this can be a noun
or an adjective
travelerمسافر
In Egyptian dialect: “tayeh” تائهlostتائه
believerمؤمن
non believer / infidelكافر
Note that adding “the” to some of the
following adjectives refers to Allah (God)
ableقادر
sinfulآثم
mercifulرحيم
knowingعالم
The word for illiterate is أمّي , the same spelling as the word “my mother”ignorantجاهل
very patientحليم

Adjectives to Describe Food

  • delicious لذيذ
  • spicy حار / حراق
  • sour حامض
  • salty مالح
  • sweet مسكّر
  • smoked مدخن
  • matured معتق / قديم
  • frozen مجفف

Arabic Feminine vs Masculine adjectives

Words and adjectives in Arabic are by default in the masculine form [m]. To change them to feminine form [f], simple add the letter “ha2” هـ to the end. So the adjective “fast for example is

Feminie Arabic adjectives to describe a person

سريع [m]

سريعه [f]

In Arabic, there is no neutral gender. Even objects are either masculine or feminine.

In terms of syntax and adjective rules, they are a bit complicated for the level of this lesson. It is worth mentioning thought that most of the time, the adjective follows the noun it described in being in the definite (with the) or indifenite form.
– I saw a white flower (both flower and white are indefinite) رأيت وردةَ بيضاء
– I saw the white flower رأيت الوردة البيضاء
we added the definite article “the” or (ال) in the second sentence because they are both definite.

Adjective in the Arabic sentence order
In Arabic, the order of a sentence is usually:

verb + subject + adjective or
subject + verb + adjective;

in Arabic, the adjective comes AFTER the noun. Most of the time, you start with the subject (the most important component). Some sentences don’t have a verb like statements الجمل الخبريه.

Now, over to you: have you found this post helpful? Are there any adjectives that you wanted to learn but couldn’t find here? Do you have any questions? Please post in the comments to let me know. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel to get our latest videos!

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