When kids describe characters, the word we see over and over again is “nice”. Or happy, or mad or sad! Help the kids to expand their vocabulary and make their writing more interesting and varied with these synonym lists. We’ve also included downloadable versions that can be posted in your classroom or printed and kept at a writing center for easy reference.

Synonyms for Nice
agreeable
compassionate
considerate
courteous
helpful
friendly
good
kindhearted
likable
lovely
pleasant
polite
thoughtful

Synonyms for Mean
cruel
evil
hateful
hostile
impolite
nasty
rotten
rude
thoughtless
troublesome
unfriendly
unkind
unpleasant
wicked

Synonyms for Happy
cheerful
content
delighted
excited
glad
joyful
merry
overjoyed
playful
pleased
satisfied
thrilled
upbeat

Synonyms for Sad
bitter
cheerless
depressed
discouraged
gloomy
glum
heartbroken
miserable
mournful
serious
sorrowful
troubled
unhappy

Synonyms for Scared
afraid
alarmed
anxious
fearful
frightened
nervous
panicked
petrified
shaken
terrified

Synonyms for Mad
angry
annoyed
displeased
enraged
exasperated
frustrated
furious
irritated
outraged

Synonyms for Smart
brainy
bright
brilliant
clever
genius
intelligent
resourceful
sharp
shrewd
skillful
wise

Synonyms for Brave
adventurous
bold
confident
courageous
daring
fearless
gutsy
heroic
unafraid

Synonyms for Tricky
cunning
deceitful
deceptive
devious
dishonest
misleading
secretive
shady
sly
sneaky
untrustworthy

Synonyms for Funny
amusing
comical
entertaining
hilarious
humorous
hysterical
silly

Synonyms for Thankful
appreciative
grateful
pleased

Synonyms for Active
athletic
bustling
busy
energetic
enthusiastic
lively

Synonyms for Talkative
chattering
chatty
communicative
gabby

Synonyms for Shy
bashful
cautious
hesitant
nervous
quiet
reluctant
timid

Downloadable versions:

Character Traits Synonyms Lists, Color Version

Character Traits Synonyms Lists, Black and White Version