17 English Idioms Describing Personality & Character

There are lots of different ways to describe people’s personalities. Native English speakers use a wide variety of idioms to describe people. Let’s have a look at some English informal expressions and idioms describing character and personality. You might have come across some of these personality idioms as they’re used very often by native speakers. I’m sure that most of you have met or heard of someone who matches one of these expressions. 

List of idioms describing people’s personality (part-1): 

1. As Fresh as a daisy
2. Couch potato
3. Full of beans
4. A bad egg
5. Down-to-earth
6. Party pooper
7. Eager beaver
8. Wet blanket
9. Party animal
10. Man of his word / Woman of her word
11. Know-it-all
12. Go-getter
13. Cheapskate
14. Busybody
15. Armchair critic
16. Jack-of-all-trades
17. Gold digger
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Idioms to Describe Personality (Part-1)

Personality describing idioms
Idioms Describing Personality


1) As Fresh as a daisy


someone who is lively and attractive, in a clean, fresh way


•   After a good night's sleep, I will be as fresh as a daisy.

   My mother has been travelling for almost 12 hours, and she is still as fresh as a daisy. 

2) Couch potato


a person who watches a lot of television and does not have an active life


   She's turned into a real couch potato since she subscribed to the sports channel.

Couch potato meaning

3) Full of beans


a person who is lively, active and healthy


   Nisha was full of beans after a long sleep.

   My six-year-old son is full of beans! He has more energy than three adults

4) A bad egg


a person who is bad, dishonest, or unreliable


   Hey Dev, I think your neighbour is a bad egg.

   I don't want my little brother hanging around with the bad eggs on the street.

Keep reading: Face Idioms


5) Down-to-earth


sensible and practical, in a way that is helpful and friendly


   She is a down-to-earth woman with no pretensions.

   The players like the coach because he is down-to-earth and honest with them.


6) Party pooper


a person who refuses to join in the fun of a party


   I hate to be a party pooper, but I am really tired

7) Eager beaver


a person who is willing to work very hard


   When he first started working he was a real eager beaver.


8) Wet blanket


a person who is not enthusiastic about anything and who stops other people from enjoying themselves


   I would love to go to the party, but with my cold, I am afraid I would just be a wet blanket.

Keep reading: eye idioms


9) Party animal


someone who enjoys parties and party activities very much and goes to as many as possible


   She is not a party animal but she likes quiet dinners with friends.

Party animal meaning

10) Man of his word / Woman of her word


a man/woman who always keeps his/her promises


   He is obviously a man of his word, a man of integrity.


11) Know-it-all


someone who claims to know everything


   My brother is a real know-it-all, always telling me what to do.


12) Go-getter


a person who is determined to succeed, especially in business


   We only recruit go-getters who will be actively involved in the company's development.


13) Cheapskate


a person who is unwilling to spend money


   My uncle is such a cheapskate that he cuts his hair himself.

   We really need a new heater, but the landlord is such a cheapskate we will never get it.

Keep reading: "black" idoms


14) Busybody


a person who is too interested in what other people are doing


   She is an interfering old busybody!

   This government is full of interfering busybodies.

Busybody meaning

15) Armchair critic


someone who criticizes other people but who does not have any proper experience of the activity the other people are doing


   Stop being an armchair critic and let me fix my car since I know what I am doing here!


16) Jack-of-all-trades


someone who can do many different jobs


   George refuses to study one profession. He fails to understand that a jack of all trades is a master of none.


17) Gold digger


someone, usually a woman, who tries to attract a rich person, in order to get expensive things or money


   Dev's cousin warned him that Mani was a gold digger and was only interested in marrying him for his money.

Which idiom from this list is your new favourite? 

Is there an idiom you could use to describe your personality? 

Choose one idiom you could use to describe your friend or an acquaintance.

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