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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 Italian 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 avere (to have) – you’re literally asking what appearance the person has:

What does he look like?   Che aspetto ha lui?
What does she look like?   Che aspetto ha lei?

Giving a description

When describing someone, the verb you need depends on which characteristic you’re talking about. General characteristics need essere (to be).

He / She is… (Lui) è… (Lei) è…
athletic atletico atletica
bald calvo calva
beautiful   bella
cute carino carina
fat grasso grassa
handsome bello  
pretty   carina
short basso bassa
tall alto alta
thin magro magra
ugly brutto brutta
weak debole debole
He / She is… (Lui) è… (Lei) è…
black nero nera
tanned abbronzato abbronzata
white bianco bianca

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

He / She has… (Lui, Lei) ha…
dark skin la pelle scura
fair     chiara
ruddy     rubiconda
blue eyes gli occhi blu
brown marroni
green verdi
hazel nocciola
black hair i capelli neri
blond biondi
brown castani
gray     grigi
red rossi
long lunghi
short corti
straight lisci
wavy ondulati
curly ricci
a beard una barba
dimples delle fossette
freckles delle lentiggini
a mustache i baffi
a scar una cicatrice
a tattoo un tatuaggio
wrinkles delle rughe

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Physical descriptions in Italian

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