30 Russian adjectives to describe someone’s personality

Our personality makes us unique. There are different people around with different characters. Someone is always cheerful and friendly. Someone is too shy to talk to people. Someone doesn’t like to smile and looks very ungracious. Now we will try to describe someone’s personality in Russian.

Character traits can be both positive and negative. Some traits are neutral and can’t be called good or bad. So, there will be three lists of adjectives you should learn.

Positive personality adjectives

добрый – kind
смелый – brave
дружелюбный – friendly
приветливый – affable
вежливый – polite
любознательный – inquisitive
умный – clever, intelligent
честный – honest
ответственный – responsible
милый – nice
мудрый – wise
щедрый – generous
работящий – hard-working

Don’t forget that this is a masculine form of adjectives. Here are some examples of describing someone’s personality in Russian:

Моя подруга очень добрая. – My friend (female) is very kind.
Он всегда очень приветливый. – He’s always very affable.
Твоя сестра такая любознательная. Она постоянно чему-то учится. – Your sister is so inquisitive. She’s constantly learning something. 

Negative personality adjectives

злой – mean
ненадежный – unreliable
мстительный – revengeful
трусливый – cowardly
ленивый – lazy
неприятный – unpleasant
завистливый – envious
грубый – rude
глупый – dull, silly
ворчливый – grumbling
нервный – nervous

Neutral personality adjectives 

скромный – shy, timid
разговорчивый – chatty
забавный/смешной – funny
непостоянный – changeable, inconstant
амбициозный – ambitious
требовательный – exacting

What are your personality traits? How would you describe yourself in Russian? Or maybe your friend and someone you know.

1 thought on “30 Russian adjectives to describe someone’s personality”

  1. Thank you– this is super. Have you considered expanding this list?

    As we move to the b2-c level and start reading Russian literature, it's amazing how rich Russian is in words to describe character and personality!


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