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List of adjectives in Italian (A-Z)

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When we have to describe someone or something, we usually don't find the more appropriate adjectives.

Here you'll find some groupes of qualifying adjectives according to their first letter.

Adjectives with A

ItalianEnglish
accecantedazzling
acerbounripe / immature
adattabileeasygoing
adottatoadottato
adorabileadorable
affamatohungry
altotall / high
amarobitter
ambiguo ambiguous
ammirevoleadmirable
antipaticounpleasant
apaticoapathetic
arrogantearrogant / insolent
artisticoartistic
asocialeasocial
attraentecharming
azzurrolight−blue

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Adjectives with B

ItalianEnglish
banalebanal
bastardobastard
bellohandsome
benestantewell−off
bisognosoneedy
bollenteboiling
bravogood
brillantebrilliant
bruttougly
buonogood


Adjectives with C

ItalianEnglish
carinonice
caldohot
calorosowarm / loving
coccolonecuddly
combattivocombative
cordialefriendly
costruttivoconstructive
creativocreative


Adjectives with D

ItalianEnglish
daltonicocolor−blind
dannosodamaging
deliziosodelicious
determinatodetermined
diabolicodiabolic
didatticodidactic
differentedifferent
diffusocommon / widespread
diligentediligent
dinamicodynamic
discretocareful
disordinatodisorganised
disponibileavailable
distruttivodestructive
divergentedivergent
divertentefunny
diversodifferent
divinodivine
dociledocile
dolcesweet


Adjectives with E

ItalianEnglish
eccentricoeccentric
ecologicoecological
edificanteedifying
educatopolite
effervescenteeffervescent
efficaceefficient
egocentricoegocentric
egoistaselfish
eleganteelegant
elementareelementar
eloquenteeloquent
energeticoenergetical
enormehuge
eroicoheroic
espressivoexpressive
estimatohestimate
estroversoextroverted


Adjectives with F

ItalianEnglish
facileeasy
facoltativofacultative
falsofalse
famosofamous
fantasticofantastic
febbrilefeverish
felicehappy
fenomenalephenomenal
fertilefertile
flessibileflexible
focosofiery
fortestrong
freddocold
frettolosohurried / rushed
furbosly


Adjectives with G

ItalianEnglish
galantegentlemanly
gelidofreezing
gelosojealous
generosogenerous
gentilekind
gigantehuge
giocosoplayful
gioiosojoyful
golosogluttonous
gommosogummy
grandegreat / big
grassofat
gratificantegratifying
grintosogritty
grossolarge / big


Adjectives with I

ItalianEnglish
ideologicoideological
ignoranteignorant
ignoratoignored
imminenteimminent
immortaleimmortal
imponentemajestic
importanteimportant
inadeguatoinappropriate
inagibilecondemned
incapaceunable
incintapregnant
incoerenteincoherent
inconcepibileinconceivable
incorreggibileincorrigible
indaffaratobusy
indifferenteindifferent
indiscutibileunquestionable
indomabile untamable
ingenuonaive
ingrassatofattened
inimitabileinimitable
insensatostupid
insicuroinsecure
insospettabileunsuspected
instabileunstable
intelligenteclever
intolleranteintollerant
intraprendenteenterprising
introversointroverted


Adjectives with L

ItalianEnglish
laboriosolaborious
lacerantetearing
lacrimosotearful
lacunosodefective
laico laic
lamentosowhiny
largolarge
lateralelateral
latitantefugitive
lealeloyal
legale legal
leggendariolegendary
leggiadrograceful
leggibilereadable
legittimolegitimate
lentigginosofreckled
lentoslow
letalelethal
letteraleliteral
liberaleliberal
liberatorioliberating
libertinolibertine
lietohappy
lievelight / delicate
limitatorestricted
limpidolimpid / clear
linearelinear
liquidoliquid
lisciosmooth
litigiosolitigious
logicological
logorojaded
loquacetalkative
luccicanteglittering
lucentebright
lucidoshiny
luminosobright
lunaticomoody
lungolong
lussuosoluxurious
lussuriosolustful


Adjectives with M

ItalianEnglish
magicomagic
magnificowonderful
malatoill
marciorotten
marittimomaritime
matrimonialemarried / double
mattocrazy
melodicomelodic
meravigliosoamazing
miticogreat
morbidosoft
moribondodying
multietnicomultiethnic
multiformemultiform
musicalemusical
mutodumb


Adjectives with N

ItalianEnglish
nascostohidden
naturalenatural
nauseantenauseating
navalenaval
navigabilenavigable
nazionalenational
negativonegative
nemicoenemy
nebbiosofoggy
nervosonervous
nobilenoble
nocivoharmful
nomadegipsy
normalenormal
noiosoboring
nostroour
notevoleremarkable
notturnonoctural
nubileunmarried
nudonaked
numerosonumerous
nuovonew
nutrientenutritious
nuvolosocloudy
nuzialenuptial


Adjectives with O

ItalianEnglish
obesoobese
obsoletoobsolete
occasionaleoccasional
occultooccult
odiosohateful
odorososmelly
oligarchicooligarchical
omogeneohomogenous
oniricodreamlike
oppostoopposite
orientaleeastern
ornamentaleornamental
ossessivoobsessive
ostilehostile
otticooptic
ottusoobtuse
oziosoidle


Adjectives with P

ItalianEnglish
pacatosteady
passivopassive
pazzescocrazy
pensosothoughtful
perdutomissing / lost
perspicacenimble
perseverantepersisting
pesanteheavy
piccantespicy
piccolosmall / little
pienofull
pittorescovivid
potentepowerful
prossimonext / near
prudentecautious
pulitoclean
puzzolentestinky


Adjectives with Q

ItalianEnglish
quadratosquared
qualchesome
qualewhat / which
qualificativoqualifying
qualificatoqualified
qualsiasiany
qualunqueany
quattocrouched
quellothat
questothis
quietoquiet
quotidianodaily


Adjectives with R

ItalianEnglish
rabbiosofurious
ramificatobranched
redditizioprofitable
repellenterepellent
restante / rimanenteremaining
rettangolarerectangular
ribellerebellious
ricciocurly
ridondanteredundant
riflessivoreflexive
rigatostriped
rilassanterelaxing
risolutivoresolutive
rispettosorespectful
risplendenteshining
robustorobust
romanoroman
rossored
rottobroken
roventescorching
rozzorough
rugosowrinkled
russoRussian
ruvidorough


Adjectives with S

ItalianEnglish
salatosalty
sconditounseasoned
scopertouncovered
scurodark
serboSerbian
sestosixth
simpaticonice
solaresolar
stancotired
storicohistorical
storpiocrippled
stranostrange
strettonarrow / tight
stupendowonderful
stupidostupid
sveltoquick


Adjectives with T

ItalianEnglish
taciturnosilent
temibileformidable
tenacetenacious
testardostubborn
tenerotender
terrificantefearful
terrorizzatoterrified
timidoshy
timorosotimorous
toccantemoving
tollerantetolerant
tontodumb
tortuosowinding / devious
tostohard
traditoretreacherous
tranquilloquiet
travolgenteoverwhelming
tremanteshivering
tristesad
trovatofound
turbatoshaken


Adjectives with U

ItalianEnglish
ubriacodrunk
ufficialeofficial
ugualeidentical / identical
umilehumble
umoristicohumorous
unicounique
unitounified
universitariouniversity / academic
usatoused
ustionantescalding
usualeusual
utopisticoutopian
utileuseful


Adjectives with V

ItalianEnglish
variabilevariable
variegatovariegated
vastowide
velocequick
verbaleverbal
verdegreen
veritierotruthful
verotrue
versatileadaptable
virtuosovirtuous
vivacelively
volatilevolatile
voracevoracious
votatovoted
vuotoempty


Adjectives with Z

ItalianEnglish
zebratozebra−striped
zeppopacked
zodiacalezodiacal
zoologicozoological
zootecnicozootechnical
zoppolimping
zuccheratosugared

 

Declension rules

enlightenedRemember the rules about the adjectives agreement!

Regular declension

  • Masculine singular -o
  • Feminine singular -a
  • Masculine plural -i 
  • Feminine plural -e

Irregular declension

  • endings in -e
  • endings in -a
  • endings in -tore 
  • roots ending in -c or -g 
  • invariable

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