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French Vocabulary: Character and Personality

french vocabulary: character/personality

Looking for French vocabulary for character and personality? This article has it and more.

Every individual has a unique personality. If you're eager to describe someone's personality and character using French, here are some words that you need to beef up your vocabulary.

The list below contains all the words and expressions you can use to describe someone and also to inject colorful descriptions in your speech.

These personality adjectives answer the question “what is he/she like?” and covers both good and bad personality traits.

 

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Now here's your list!

French Personality and Character Vocabulary

Adjectifs qualificatifsDescriptive Adjectives
amorpheapathetic
antipathiqueunlikeable
bourru(e)rough
charismatiquecharismatic
courageux(-se)courageous
créatif(-ve)creative
débrouillard(e)resourceful
discret/discrètediscreet
énergiqueenergetic
enjoué(e)playful
ennuyeux(-se)boring/annoying
extraverti(e)extrovert
fidèlefaithful
honnêtehonest
impatient(e)impatient
indiscret/indiscrèteindiscreet
infidèleunfaithful
ingénieux(-se)ingenious
introverti(e)introvert
lâchecoward
loyal(e)loyal
malhonnêtedishonest
mignon(ne)cute
paresseux(-se)lazy
patient(e)patient
persévérant(e)persevering
sérieux(-se)serious
sociablesociable
sympathiquelikeable
taciturneuncommunicative
travailleur(-se)hard-working

 

 

Personnalité Personality
avoir de la classeclassy
avoir le coeur sur la maingenerous
avoir le sens de l’humourhave a sense of humour
bon vivanthappy-go-lucky
bon/mauvais caractèregood/bad disposition
de bonne/mauvaise humeurin a good/bad mood
digne de foitrustworthy
l’état d’esprit (m)temperament le tempéramentstate of mind
la mentalitémentality
le caractère/la disposition/la personnalitécharacter
le comportementbehavior
le/la risque-tout/casse-coudaredevil
paranoïaque
paranoid
personnalité antisocialeantisocial personality

Examples

Now let's take a look at some examples:

Il est très ouvert = He is outgoing.

C’est un élève studieux= He is a studious student.

Il est très taquin = He is very playful

Sample Dialogue

Le garçon : Tu as vu l'accident hier, à la télévision ? Les pompiers sont très courageux!

Boy: Have you seen the accident yesterday on television? Firemen are very brave!

La fille : Mon cousin est pompier. Il est sportif et fort.

Girl: My cousin is a fireman. He is athletic and strong.

Le garçon : Moi je suis trop faible et timide pour être un héro.

Boy: Me, I'm too weak and timid to be a hero.

La fille : Ne dis pas cela ! Tu es intelligent et drôle. Ce sont aussi des qualités de héro.

Girl: Don't say that! You're smart and funny. These are also qualities of hero.

Le garçon : Mais je ne suis pas naïf : jamais je ne serai Superman.

Boy: But I'm not naive: I will never be Superman.

La fille : Et tu es trop sérieux pour aller sauver le monde...

Girl: And you're too serious to go save the world ...

Le garçon : Je suis studieux, c'est différent !

Boy: I'm studious, it's different!

La fille : Je plaisante !

Girl: Just kidding!

Conclusion

Everyone has a unique mix of personality. To fully be able to describe someone's character in French, you need to know the right words such as the ones listed in this article.

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