Portuguese Adjectives

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Portuguese Adjectives

Learning the Portuguese Adjectives displayed below is vital to the language. Portuguese Adjectives are words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence.

Grammar Tips:

While in English an adjective doesn’t change when the noun changes, in Portuguese an adjective should agree in gender and number with the noun. For example:

a)    Masculine to feminine example:

Este  é o meu filho pequeno (this is my little son) becomes: Esta é a minha filha pequena (this is my little daughter)

As you can see from the example above, the adjective comes after the noun and also takes the feminine form,In Portuguese the adjective only cames before the noun only to renforce the idea:

a)Não tenho um marido rico, mas tenho um rico marido. (I don’t have a rich husband, but I have nice husband)

b)    Singular to plural example:

Este é o meu gato branco (this is my white cat) becomes: Estes são os meus gatos brancos (these are my white cats).

As you can see from the example above, the adjective comes after the noun and also takes the plural form.


Here are some examples:

English AdjectivesPortuguese Adjectives
adjectivesadjetivos
a green treeuma árvore verde
a tall buildingum edifício alto
a very old manum homem muito idoso
the old red housea velha casa vermelha
a very nice friendum amigo muito legal

Notice the structure of the Adjectives in Portuguese.

List of Adjectives in Portuguese

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

English AdjectivesPortuguese Adjectives
colorscores
blackpreto
blueazul
brownmarrom
graycinza
greenverde
orangelaranja
purpleroxo
redvermelho
whitebranco
yellowamarelo
sizestamanhos
biggrande
deepprofundo
longlongo
narrowestreito
shortcurto
smallpequeno
tallalto
thickgrosso
thinfino
widelargo
shapesformas
circularcircular
straightreto
squarequadrado
triangulartriangular
tastesgostos
bitteramargo
freshfresco
saltysalgado
sourazedo
spicypicante
sweetdoce
qualitiesqualidades
badruim
cleanlimpo
darkescuro
difficultdifícil
dirtysujo
dryseco
easyfácil
emptyvazio
expensivecaro
fastrápido
foreignestrangeiro
fullcompleto
goodbom
hardrígido
heavypesado
inexpensivebarato
lightleve
locallocal
newnovo
noisybarulhento
oldvelho
powerfulpoderoso
quietcalmo
correctcorreto
slowlento
softmacio
verymuito
weakfraco
wetmolhado
wrongerrado
youngjovem
quantitiesquantidades
fewpoucos
littlepouco
manymuitos
muchmuito
partparte
somealguns
a fewalguns
wholeinteiro

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