Descriptions in Spanish
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Setting up an online dating profile, talking to friends about someone you met, bragging about a new baby, and telling the police about a suspect have one thing in common: physical descriptions. Learn all the Spanish vocabulary you need to describe the most common physical characteristics.

Asking for a description

To ask what a person looks like, you need the verb ser (to be):

¿Cómo es?
¿Qué tal es?
  What's s/he like?

Giving a description

When describing someone, the verb you need depends on which characteristic you’re talking about. General characteristics need ser.

Él/Ella es…   S/He is…
alto   tall
bajo   short
bonita   pretty
bronceado   tanned
delgado   thin
feo   ugly
gordo   fat
guapo   handsome

When describing a specific part of the body, you need the verb tener (to have).

Él/Ella tiene…   S/He has…
ojos garzos   hazel eyes
  morenos   brown  
  ojosazules   blue  
  verdes   green  
canas   grey hair
pelo corto   short hair
  largo   long  
  liso   straight  
  marrón   brown  
  moreno   dark  
  negro   black  
  ondulado   wavy  
  rizado   curly  
  rojo   red  
  rubio   blond  
hoyuelos     dimples  
pecas     freckles  

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