Dutch Adjectives

If you're trying to learn Dutch Adjectives which is also called Nederlands, check our courses about Adjectives, Colors, Shapes, Sizes... to help you with your Dutch grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and notice the pattern that occurs each time the word changes its place. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Dutch. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Dutch Adjectives

Learning the Dutch Adjectives is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. The more you master it the more you get closer to mastering the Dutch language. But first we need to know what the role of Adjectives is in the structure of the grammar in Dutch.

Dutch Adjectives are words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence.

Grammar Tips:

As we said, in general the adjective’s ending is not changed. However

- when the single adjective ends in a consonant, the plural should get an –e.

- when the single adjective ends in an –e, the plural keeps the –e.

These examples will make it clear:

Een mooi meisje (a beautiful girl) becomes : Mooie meisjes (beautiful girls)

Een stoute jongen (a naughty boy) becomes : Stoute jongens (naughty boys)

As you can see from the example above, the adjective comes before the noun, just like in English


Here are some examples:

English AdjectivesDutch Adjectives
adjectivesbijvoeglijke naamwoorden
a green treeeen groene boom
a tall buildingeen hoog gebouw
a very old maneen heel oude man
the old red househet oude rode huis
a very nice friendeen heel aardige vriend

Notice the structure of the Adjectives in Dutch.

List of Adjectives in Dutch

Below is a list of the Adjectives, Colors, Shapes, Sizes in Dutch placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Dutch vocabulary.

English AdjectivesDutch Adjectives
colorskleuren
blackzwart
blueblauw
brownbruin
graygrijs
greengroen
orangeoranje
purplepaars
redrood
whitewit
yellowgeel
sizesmaten
biggroot
deepdiep
longlang
narrowsmal
shortkort
smallklein
tallhoog/lang
thickdik
thindun
widebreed
shapesvormen
circularrond/cirkelvormig
straightrecht
squarevierkant
triangulardriehoekig
tastessmaken
bitterbitter
freshfris
saltyzout
sourzuur
spicygekruid
sweetzoet
qualitieseigenschappen
badslecht
cleanschoon
darkdonker
difficultmoeilijk
dirtyvuil
drydroog
easygemakkelijk
emptyleeg
expensiveduur
fastsnel
foreignbuitenlands
fullvolledig
goodgoed
hardhard/moeilijk
heavyzwaar
inexpensivegoedkoop
lightlicht
locallokaal/plaatselijk
newnieuw
noisylawaaierig
oldoud
powerfulkrachtig
quietrustig/stil
correctcorrect
slowtraag/langzaam
softzacht
veryzeer/erg
weakzwak
wetnat
wrongverkeerd
youngjong
quantitieshoeveelheden
fewweinig
littleweinig
manyveel
muchveel
partdeel
somesommige
a feween paar
wholegeheel

Adjectives, Colors, Shapes, Sizes have a very important role in Dutch. Once you're done with the Nederlands Adjectives, you might want to check the rest of our Dutch lessons here: Learn Dutch. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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