Adjectives to Describe Feelings in English

Feelings and emotions are part of all of our lives. How we react to situations and events is demonstrated through our feelings. How can we describe feelings in English? Here are some English adjectives to describe feelings.

English Adjectives to Describe Feelings

The following are is a list of adjectives to describe feelings and some emotions that we experience in our everyday lives. I have given a meaning and a synonymous word with a similar meaning that you can also use.


Meaning: this describes the feeling when you have nothing to do or do not want to do anything but sit lie back and rest.

ex. I decided to have a lazy day. I made a pot of hot coffee, I got my book I sat on the sofa put my feet up and relaxed.

An alternative word is LAID BACK.

ex. He is a very laid back (relaxed) person he never gets stressed.


This is used to describe a situation when we cannot relax we have something on our mind.

ex. We are thinking of work or problems with the family. I was very nervous all day. My son was taking an important examination and I was not sure if he had studied hard enough beforehand (in preparation).

An alternative word is ANXIOUS.

ex. He was very anxious as he waited for the results of his examination.

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We use this to describe when we are happy with something or somebody or in the way something has turned out (occurred).

ex. The results of the exams were published recently. My son passed the examination with honours which meant he could get his place in college. I was pleased with the result.

An alternative word would be CONTENTED.

ex. The results were good I could relax I was very contented at last.


This is used to describe how we feel when we do something stupid or silly and we look a little foolish.

ex. I went into the hotel and when it was time to leave I tried to open the security door by mistake. The alarm sounded and everybody was looking at me. I was very embarrassed.

An alternative word to use is MORTIFIED.

ex. I was mortified when I looked in the mirror and realised I had forgotten to shave. I looked like a tramp!


When we are working hard or anxious about some family or personal matters we become stressed.

ex. I had been working long hours for several months without a break. I needed a holiday I was completely stressed.

An alternative word is WORRIED.

ex. I was worried for weeks. I had not been paid at the normal time and my rent was due.


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this  word is used to describe a person or place or situation which is peaceful and quiet without stress.

ex. Everyone around him was stressed about the test. He was very confident that he had done his work. He had slept well and felt confident. He was calm and relaxed.

An alternative word is SERENE.

ex. The hotel was situated in the perfect place. Near the sea surrounded my beautiful gardens with no noise. It was totally serene.


When something does not work properly or we can not figure out a problem quickly enough we get frustrated or annoyed.

ex. I like crossword puzzles but sometimes I get stuck (cannot work out the answer) and get frustrated until the answer comes to me (I think about it).

An alternative word is BAFFLED.

ex. I was baffled by the problem for days. I thought the answer would be easy to find. Eventually I managed to work it out but it was frustrating.

Now you know 14 adjectives to describe feelings in English. And as always don’t forget to practise new words in your English conversation, this way you will easily remember them.


Meaning: to be keen to know what is happening or to get answers to questions we have about events taking place

ex. He was very curious to know what was happening in the house on the other side of the street. Police had been coming and going all morning and a few cameramen were their also. He decided to go and ask them what was going on.

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Meaning: to feel frightened, to be alarmed, to panic

ex. The lights went out in the street and it was completely dark. She was very scared as she still had approx. 2km to walk alone before she arrived home.


Meaning: to feel unhappy because someone has got something that you want

ex. She was very jealous of her friend. Her friend had a new job a better car and now had just announced her engagement.

We can also use ENVY (ENVIOUS)

GREEN WITH ENVY is a popular idiom.


Meaning: to feel unhappy when everything does not go to plan or something you expect to happen does not occur

ex.  He was extremely disappointed when his  did not arrive for dinner. He had not met him for some months and had cooked a special meal.


Meaning: to feel uncertain when no one knows what is happening or going on.

ex. Everyone was extremely confused in the airport. The electronic notice board was blank and the gate numbers were no longer visible. Everybody was trying to find out which direction they should take.


Meaning: to feel happy when you have or someone close to you has achieved something special

ex. His son was the outstanding player in the team. He scored the first goal and made some outstanding tackles. He was very proud when he was presented with the “man of the match” award.

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