Nice Words to Describe Someone


Hello and welcome to our list of nice words to describe someone!

We already know that nice generally refers to things that are positive, pleasant and constructive in definition, and can describe not only objects and environments, but also ideas, actions, concepts and people. Since it’s such a versatile word with a broad range of appropriate applications, each meaning and context of use has its own subtle shade of definition, which makes nice personality descriptors a great and broad range of words to choose from. Since we already have a list of nice adjectives, I tried to keep this list to a more specific selection of words that are more appropriate to referring to a person’s personality rather than their appearance. This also makes it a very handy list full of great one word compliments. We hope that this list is useful to you, and that you’re able to brighten someone’s day with these nice adjectives:

So before we get into it, what is a nice personality descriptor anyway? It’s a subjective idea used to describe the qualities and traits of someone, and is generally something that is pleasant to hear or receive. It definitely crosses over into the realm of compliments, since those are commonly descriptors that detail the positive aspects of the one being described. There are definitely many different levels of compliments and nice adjectives, and they are contextual as well. If you’re complimenting the external attributes of something or someone, that’s very different from using a nice adjective to detail the positive internal qualities of a person. The intensity of meaning can also hinge on your relationship to the person you’re saying your nice adjectives to – a colleague may receive a compliment very differently to a new lover, who would also receive it differently to a long-term partner. In consideration of this, this list focuses mainly on words that refer to internal attributes and character rather than appearance – for example, you might say that someone is principled, but you generally wouldn’t say that they have a principled face. If this list has got you interested in nice words to describe a person and you’d like to have a deeper look at what our language has to offer, Thesaurus.Com has plenty of one word compliments to choose from.Along with being a great addition to your vocabulary, these nice words can be very useful to use in explanations, stories, and poems. They’re expressive and explanatory and they sound great, making anything you’re working on a more attractive and enjoyable read.

  • able (adj.) capable.
  • imaginative (adj.) the capacity to be creative and inventive.
  • lively (adj.) with great and positive energy
  • principled (adj.) adhering strictly to a set of personal ethics.
  • conscientious (adj.) being thorough and diligent; wanting to do work well.
  • sincere (adj.) earnest and genuine, showing true intentions.
  • broad-minded (adj.) accepting of new ideas and beliefs.
  • philosophical (adj.) concerned with the study of knowledge and existence.
  • kind-hearted (adj.) of a gentle nature.
  • resilient (adj.) tough; durable.
  • curious (adj.) a desire to know more.
  • tender (adj.) gentle care.
  • perceptive (adj.) showing a higher awareness of one’s surroundings.
  • cheerful (adj.) upbeat, happy.
  • unselfish (adj.) thinking of others; putting others’ needs before your own without resentment.
  • skillful (adj.) being adept or proficient.
  • integrity (adj.) living honestly and with a strong moral code.
  • stimulating (adj.) involving, something that arouses strong interest and attention.
  • ethical (adj.) moral standards.
  • logical (adj.) relating to logic.
  • considerate (adj.) the quality of thinking about others and their needs.
  • reflective (adj.) thinking back on past events.
  • patient (adj.) able to tolerate waiting without anger or frustration.
  • wholesome (adj.) holistic; healthy.
  • aware (adj.) knowing.
  • memorable (adj.) worth remembering.
  • intuitive (adj.) relating to instinctive processes; going through motions without instructions or conscious reasoning.
  • dedicated (adj.) devoted to a particular job or purpose.
  • loving (adj.) deeply caring.
  • unique (adj.) one of a kind; individual
  • motivated (adj.) driven; enthusiastic and ready.
  • practical (adj.) concerned with the doing and completion of tasks rather than with theory.
  • trustworthy (adj.) someone who is reliably honest.
  • observant (adj.) the quality of noting things around you.
  • receptive (adj.) being open to ideas and experiences; receiving new things well.
  • joyful (adj.) cheerful, happy, delighted.
  • persevering (adj.) able to continue even in the face of difficulty or potential failure.
  • capable (adj.) able.
  • ambitious (adj.) having goals and ambition.
  • courageous (adj.) brave; able to face fears and anxieties.
  • modest (adj.) humble, not prone to bragging or displaying talents and skills.
  • original (adj.) unique, individual, new.
  • accepting (adj.) taking something in without judgement.
  • gentle (adj.) careful, considerate in thoughts and actions.
  • creative (adj.) inventive, having a seemingly larger than usual capacity to create.
  • bright (adj.) clever, witty, energetic.
  • nurturing (adj.) caring in a particularly parental way, concerned with the growth of others.
  • authentic (adj.) real.
  • brilliant (adj.) exceptional, extremely smart or skilled.
  • purposeful (adj.) full of purpose and reason.
  • dependable (adj.) consistently reliable.
  • fascinating (adj.) wildly interesting.
  • caring (adj.) showing concern for others.
  • calm (adj.) at peace, untroubled.
  • amused (adj.) finding humour in something.
  • determined (adj.) a staunch desire or decision in the face of a difficult path.
  • boundless (adj.) with no ending or boundaries, limitless.
  • productive (adj.) producing things, having a high output.
  • appreciative (adj.) thankful acknowledgement.
  • compassionate (adj.) showing mercy and understanding to others. Usually used to describe a concern for well-being towards those with less power.
  • affectionate (adj.) loving.


I hope you found this list a worthwhile read. Making this list was a lot of fun and of course there were plenty of great words that unfortunately couldn’t quite make the cut – so if reading this list of nice words to describe someone has got you interested in reading more about similar one word compliments or nice words to describe someone, you can find other great collections at Merriam-Webster or at Positive Words Research. Also, since I was the only one curating and editing this list of nice words, I had to depend on my personal sense of judgement and aesthetics. Unfortunately I am not the Mother of All Nice Words to Describe Someone, so if you disagree with any of my choices in this list of nice adjectives, please get in contact and let me know.

These nice adjectives were inspired by and collected from my travels through different forms of media throughout my day – articles, books, song lyrics and websites (and sometimes lying around, forcing myself to think of words I like). In particular, websites like, Quora, Tumblr, Pinterest, Positive Words Research, Adjectives Starting and The Phrontistery were all very helpful. If you’ve got any other word sources that you’d like to share, or have suggestions for other nice words, leave a comment or send an email.

While I do collect words, I am always careful to write the meanings myself, so if you find a definition here that looks a little too similar to another that you’ve seen, please let me know asap and I’ll work on updating my wording as quick as I can. Likewise, if you find any mistakes – meanings that require updating, definitions that need better punctuation or words that are incorrectly spelled, get in contact.

Thanks again for visiting our site, and as always, our very best wishes to you on your internet travels – be safe, eat candy in moderation, go to bed on time. <3

2 Replies to “Nice Words to Describe Someone”

    1. Hey! Thank you 🙂 I’d be happy to, but what sort of extrapolation are you after?

      Also, sorry for the late reply – I didn’t get any notifications that comments had been left. Cheers!

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