Colors & Appearance in Arabic

Colors & Appearance in Arabic 2017-05-01T16:41:35+00:00

This lesson will teach you to describe the colors and appearance of people and things in Arabic. Learn to express whether something is big or small, red or green, beautiful of ugly.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Arabic“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Colors

Colors

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
light / clear
ضوء
واضح
daw'
wadih [2]

dark
ظلام
zalam
color
color
لون
lawn
colored
colored
ملون
molawan
white
white
أبيض
abyad
black
black
أسود
aswad
yellow
yellow
أصفر
asfar
orange
orange
برتقالي
bortoqali
red
red
أحمر
ahmar
pink
pink
وردي
wardi
violet
violet
بنفسجي
banafsaji
blue
blue
أزرق
azraq
green
green
أخضر
akhdar
brown
brown
أسمر
بني
asmar
bonney

grey
grey
رمادي
ramadi

Appearance & attributes

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
new
جديد
jadid
old
قديم
qadim
small
صغير
saghir
large / big
واسع
كبير
wasi'
kabir [1]

young
صغير السن, صغيرة السن
saghir assen (m), sahgirat assen (f)
kind / pleasant
لطيف
ممتع
latif
momti' [3]

unkind / unpleasant
قاس
غير ممتع
kasin
ghayr momti' [4]

patient
صبور, صبورة
sabor (m) [5], saborah (f) [6]
tall (When talking about people)
طويل, طويلة
tawil (m), tawilah (f)
middle sized (When talking about people)
متوسط الحجم, متوسطة الحجم
motawasit al hajm (m), motawasitat al hajm (f)
small (When talking about people)
صغير, صغيرة
saghir (m), saghirah (f)
fat
سمين, سمينة
samin (m), saminah (f) [10]
thin / slim
نحيف, نحيفة
ضئيل, ضئيلة
nahif (m), nahifah (f)
da'eel (m), da'eelah (f)

nice / pretty
لطيف, لطيفة
جميل, جميلة
latif (m), latifah (f)
jamil (m), jamilah (f)

beautiful
جميل, جميلة
jamil (m), jamilah (f)
ugly
قبيح, قبيحة
qabih (m), qabihah (f)
ill / sick
مريض, مريضة
عليل, عليلة
marid (m), maridah (f)
'alil (m), alilah (f)

healthy
صحي, صحية
سليم, سليمة
sihi (m), siheyah (f)
salim (m), salimah (f)

happy / cheerful
سعيد, سعيدة
مرح, مرحة
sa'id (m), sa'idah (f)
marih (m), marehah (f)

sad
حزين, حزينة
hazin (m), hazinah (f)
sporty
رياضي, رياضية
riyadi (m), riyadeyah (f)
ambitioned
طموح, طموحة
tamoh (m), tamohah (f)
intelligent
ذكي, ذكية
dzaki (m), dzakeyah (f)
creative
مبدع, مبدعة
mobde' (m), mobde'ah (f)
active
نشيط, نشيطة
nasheet (m), nasheetah (f)
sentimental
وجداني, وجدانية
wejdani (m), wejdaneyah (f)
rational
عقلاني, عقلانية
aqlani (m), aqlaneyah (f)
emotional
عاطفي, عاطفية
atifi (m), atifeyah (f)
natural
طبيعي, طبيعية
tabi'i (m), tabi'eyah (f)
romantic
رومانسي, رومانسية
romansi (m), romanseyah (f)
nice / amiable
لطيف, لطيفة
ودود, ودودة
latif (m), latifah (f)
wadud (m), wadudah (f)

spontaneous
عفوي, عفوية
afawi (m), afaweyah (f)
energetic
نشيط, نشيطة
nasheet (m), nasheetah (f)
stressed (out)
يعاني من الضغط الشديد, تعاني من الضغط الشديد
yo'ani min a daght a'shadid (m), to'ani min a daght a'shadid (f)
relaxed
مسترخي, مسترخية
mostarkhi (m), mostarkheyah (f)
frustrated
محبط, محبطة
mohbat (m), mohbatah (f)
talented
موهوب, موهوبة
mawhob (m), mawhobah (f)

Questions & phrases

EnglishArabicArabic
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
What does he look like?
كيف يبدو؟
kayfa yabdo?
What does she look like?
كيف تبدو؟
kayfa tabdo?
What is he like?
كيف هو؟
kayfa howa?
What is she like?
كيف هي؟
kayfa hiya?

Notes:

1 When talking about size we can say مقاس لارج, maqas (large). When talking about 'a big scale' we can say واسع, wasi'. When we use the word large as huge, we say ضخم, dakhm.2 As in 'day light' or 'the light in the room' etc. If we're talking about weight it would be خفيف, khafif.3 In the context of 'this trip was pleasant'. If we're talking about a person, it's going to be جميل, jamil or رائع, rae'e'.4 In the context of 'this trip was unpleasant'. If we're talking about a person, it's going to be بغيض, baghid.5 When the word patient is used as 'a patient in the hospital' we use the word مريض, marid.6 When fat is used in a context that refers to food or body fat etc., we use the word دهون, duhoon.

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