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This section is all about useful Adjectives that start with A. All of these descriptive words are combined with definitions and examples. The first section is a collection of interesting descriptive words, followed by a section of positive adjectives that can be used to describe a person. The last section contains the shortest and longest adjectives that start with a.

Interesting Adjectives

aberrant: : markedly different from an accepted norm.

–   The child acted in an aberrant manner, to get attention in school.

antic: ludicrously odd.

–   The lady’s hair was antic, it resembled a beehive.

antsy: nervous and unable to relax.

–   Children become very antsy when taking a test.

arboreal: inhabiting or frequenting trees.

–   The arboreal snakes camouflage to look like the trees they inhabit.

astute: marked by practical hardheaded intelligence.

–   The astute student had flash cards falling everywhere.

auxiliary: functioning in a supporting capacity.

–    An auxiliary swat team had to be created to hold back the riot.

azure: of a deep somewhat purplish blue color.

–    The hit from the brick was so powerful, it created an azure bruise.


Positive Adjective to Describe a Person

accomplished: successfully completed or brought to an end.

–  After his four years, the president finally felt accomplished when he reduced the national debt.

adaptable: capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use.

–   To survive in the army, during war, a soldier must become adaptable to tough terrain and different weather.

adept: having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude

–   Tattoo artists are adept in handicrafts.

amenable: disposed or willing to conform

–   The lieutenant was in charge of training the amenable boys into obedient soldiers.

appreciative: having or showing appreciation or a favorable critical judgment or opinion

–   The painter always got appreciative comments on his work.


Positive Adjective to Describe an Event

absorbing: capable of arousing and holding the attention

–   The poem was absorbing, everyone gave their undivided attention; even some tears were shed.

amusing: arousing or provoking laughter

–   The recently made film, Dumb and Dumber 2, was very amusing.

animated: having life or vigor or spirit

–    The animated conversation about the future of two lovers, brought great smiles on their faces.

astonishing: so surprisingly impressive as to stun or overwhelm

–   The student went from having the lowest grades to be a straight- A student. It was an astonishing achievement.

awesome: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

–   The action-packed movie was awesome, its special effects made it look real.


Positive Adjective to Describe a Place

accessible: capable of being reached

–   The fast food restaurant was so close, it was accessible by foot.

aired: open to or abounding in fresh air

–   After drying outside, the aired bed sheets smelled like the open meadow.

amazing: inspiring awe or admiration or wonder

–   After landing in Paris, the family was in awe of the amazing Eiffel Tower.

ambient: completely enveloping

–   Disney’s atmosphere felt completely ambient and welcoming to the two little girls.

ancestral: inherited or inheritable by established rules (usually legal rules) of descent

–   The mother gave her daughter the ancestral necklace, that was been passed from generation to generation.


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person

abrasive: sharply disagreeable; rigorous

–    The older brother thinks his sibling is abrasive, but her friends think she is a sweetheart.

abusive: characterized by physical or psychological maltreatment

–   The abusive friend couldn’t see all the pain he was afflicting on his friend.

adulterous: not faithful to a spouse or lover

–   The adulterous girlfriend only cared about her desires.

aloof: remote in manner

–   The young boy was very aloof.

arrogant: having or showing feelings of unwarranted importance out of overbearing pride

–   The arrogant official thought that I was always wrong.


Negative Adjectives to Describe an Event

abortive: failing to accomplish an intended result

–   The teenager’s party was abortive and boring.

abrupt: exceedingly sudden and unexpected

–   Because of the Water Gates scandal, there had to be an abrupt change in presidents.

absurd: inconsistent with reason or logic or common sense

–   The audience paid to see a play, seeing a rock band perform was completely absurd.

agonizing: extremely painful

–   The pain from losing her dog was so agonizing.

awry: not functioning properly

–   The prototype robot was awry and was hitting everything.


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place

abandoned: forsaken by owner or inhabitants

–   The abandoned home looked haunted.

abject: showing humiliation or submissiveness; of the most contemptible kind

–   The kids became abject when other kids found out that their parents are clowns.

abysmal: resembling an abyss in depth; so deep as to be immeasurable

–   Giant squid live in the abysmal ocean.

airless: lacking fresh air

–    All the heat from the sun, made the afternoon feel airless.

apocalyptic: prophetic of devastation or ultimate doom; of or relating to an apocalypse

–   The desert seemed apocalyptic because no life could be found.


Heroic Adjectives

adventurous: willing to undertake or seeking out new and daring enterprises

–   The adventurous boy, went on a quest with his father to discover new land overseas.

aggressive: having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

–   The businessman failed to keep any employees because he was too aggressive.

assertive: aggressively self-assured

–   The shy boy wanted to be more assertive.

authoritative: having authority or ascendancy or influence

–    My father is the authoritative figure in the house.


Sporty Adjectives

accurate: conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy

–   The basketball player’s jump shots are very accurate.

active: characterized by energetic activity

–   The active toddler seemed to have an unlimited supply of energy.

agile: moving quickly and lightly

–   The agile bunny was able to escape the bite of the snake.

alert: engaged in or accustomed to close observation

–   The alert goalie made sure not to let a single player make a goal.

athletic: vigorously active

–   The athletic teenager was a starter for his high school varsity team.


Romantic Adjectives

 adored: regarded with deep or rapturous love

–   The adored bride loved the priceless necklace.

affectionate: having or displaying warmth or affection

–   The affectionate mother always yelled “I love you” to her only son, even when he left for school.

alluring: highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire

–   The girl’s beauty was so alluring.

amorous: expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance; inclined toward or displaying love

–   The amorous couple did everything together and didn’t want to be ever apart.

attractive: pleasing to the eye or mind especially through beauty or charm

–    Everything about the lady was attractive, her eyes, her personality, even her interests.


In the following section, you will find categories for: Shortest/Longest Adjectives, Interesting Adjectives, Positive and Negative Adjectives, Masculine and Feminine Adjectives, Sporty Adjectives and Romantic Adjectives.


Shortest Adjectives

ace: of the highest quality

–  The ace reporter was able to film everything, anywhere, at any time perfectly.

aft: (nautical, aeronautical) situated at or toward the stern or tail

–  The aft sail was put in the direction of the wind to bring upon more speed.

ago: gone by; or in the past

–  Dinosaurs roamed the land millions of years ago.

ain: belonging to or on behalf of a specified person (especially yourself)

–   I’ve always wanted a dog of my ain.

all: completely given to or absorbed by; (quantifier) used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class

–   When the talented student performed his song at the talent show, everyone was all ears.

ane: used of a single unit or thing; not two or more

–   The hunter only had ane arrow left.

any: one or some or every or all without specification

–   After the family used the eggs for breakfast, there wasn’t any left.

apt: being of striking appropriateness and pertinence

–   The mischievous teenager always had an apt reply.

azo: relating to or containing the azo radical

–   The azo hair dye made her hair very bright red.

able: (usually followed by `to’) having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something

–    After taking classes, the girl was able to swim


Longest Adjectives

adrenocorticotrophic: stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex

–   The adrenocorticotrophic area by the kidney was heavily damaged.

adrenocorticotropic: stimulating or acting on the adrenal cortex

–   related to adrenocorticotropic deficiency

auriculoventricular: relating to or affecting the atria and ventricles of the heart

–   The disease affected the auriculoventricular area of his heart, and filled it with blood.

adenocarcinomatous: of or pertaining to adenocarcinoma

–   The adenocarcinomatous tumor had to be surgically removed

antiauthoritarian: opposed to authoritarianism

–   The officials were against those that side with antiauthoritarian.

antiferromagnetic: relating to antiferromagnetism

–   The adjacent antiferromagnetic materials started to point in opposite directions.

australopithecine: of or belonging to the hominid genus Australopithecus

–   After years of searching, australopithecine fossils were found.

anthropometrical: of or relating to anthropometry

–   The anthropometrical measure of the person’s leg said that they were large.

anthropomorphous: suggesting human characteristics for animals or inanimate things

–   Apes are anthropomorphous species and can do many things a normal person can.

arteriosclerotic: affected by arteriosclerosis

–   The old man’s arteriosclerotic veins gave him a short time to live.

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