Whoever says that German isn’t a fun language obviously needs to learn some German adjectives! They can be a mouthful, but there are some very expressive adjectives in the German language that are also very fun to use. And the good news is that German adjectives also moonlight as adverbs, so you are learning two parts of speech at once.
You may already have learned some basic adjectives, such as gut and schlecht (good and bad), groß and klein (large and small), schnell and langsam (fast and slow), jung and alt (young and old), schwierig and einfach (difficult and easy), or schön and hässlich (pretty and ugly).
Here are some more advanced adjectives commonly heard in everyday conversations
Yes, this is also the past participle of fahren (“to drive” or “to ride”), but it is also slang term you can use when you think something is amazing.
Other possible translations are “inane” or “foolish.”
This is often used in expressions of outrage, such as Das ist doch bescheuert!
This can describe a person or a situation. To commiserate with any German, you can always say, Das ist ja blöd.
Not to be confused with the noun die Feige (“fig”), this adjective means “faint-hearted” or “gutless.”
For “risky” or “hazardous,” you can also use the adjective riskant.
Not to be confused with ehrgeizig, which means ambitious, someone who is geizig is a spendthrift.
— diligent, hard-working
As noted above, German adjectives are also used as adverbs, so Sie arbeitet fleißig means “She’s working hard.”
Hübsch can describe anything from a dress to a person.
Germans also say todlangweilig, which is literally translated as “deathly boring.”
— ridiculous, laughable, ludicrous
This would generally be describe a situation or a notion rather than a person.
— fun or funny, delightful
A versatile word that can mean “humorous” or even just “enjoyable” or “delightful.
Because German waitstaff will always ask you Hat es geschmeckt? when they clear the table, it’s good to be armed with this particular adjective.
This word doubles as “kind” and “pleasant.” You can say that a person is nett or that meeting someone was nett.
Not only used in carpentry! Es ist schief gelaufen means something went wrong or went off course.
Schlimm means seriously bad, possibly with dire consequences.
— tasty, tasteful
Unlike lecker, schmackhaft can be used outside of a culinary context.
A word that not only sounds terrible, but actually means “terrible”!
There are other adjectives for “stubborn,” including störrisch and eigensinnig (which also means “willful” or “opinionated”).
You may come across the phrase strengstens verboten, which means “strictly prohibited.”
Süß can describe a dessert, but is also often used in context where we would say “cute” in English, such as describing a baby or a pet.
— plucky, brave
The adjective tapfer is a combination of “courageous” and “determined.”
Adjectives such as toll, super, and großartig are used to express enthusiasm. If a friend tells you some good news, you can respond with Wie toll!
— uncomfortable, awkward
Unlike the adjective unbequem, unangenehm can refer to a non-physical discomfort, like in an awkward situation.
Like many languages, German has a number of adjectives for “crazy.” Another common one is verrückt.
In German, ein Witz is “a joke.” Unlike lustig, witzig always means “funny” as in “humorous.”
— responsible, dependable
For information on the difference between zuverlässig and verantwortlich, see our lesson on the topic.
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