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Adjectives that start with O

Adjectives that start with O

Describing words, to help you tell someone else what something is like.

Ois forObese

You are obese if you are very fat or overweight. Obese people often have health problems because of their size.

Ois forOdd

Something is odd if it is different to usual, or is a bit strange. In a group of things, something that is different is called the odd one out. The man in the picture is wearing odd socks. Mathematically, a number is odd if it is not a multiple of two.
Photo of an offshore wind turbine

Ois forOffshore

Offshore means in the water some distance from the shore, the sandy area where land meets a body of water such as an ocean or a lake.
Photo of an old woman

Ois forOld

Something is old if it has existed for a very long time. Something that is really, really old is called ancient. When people get old they get grey hair and wrinkles.
Something is old fashioned if it looks like it belongs in the past, and doesn't fit in with things around it. Clothes can be old fashioned, and behaviour can be old fashioned too. Old fashioned things can also be called retro.
Photo of opaque stockings

Ois forOpaque

Something is opaque if you can't see through it. Most things are opaque. The term is most often used to describe stockings that are not transparent.
Photo of an open door

Ois forOpen

Something is open if you can go through it or into it. The door in the picture is open. The opposite of open is closed.
Photo of an ordinary tabby cat

Ois forOrdinary

Something is ordinary if there is nothing outstanding about it. Something is ordinary if you don't really notice it as you pass by.
Photo of an orange dress

Ois forOriginal

Something is original if it has never been done before. An idea is original if it has never been thought of before, and a painting is original if it is the first time that picture has been painted. If something has been made as a copy or modified from something else, the thing it has been copied from is the original. The dress in the picture is original, because it is hand-made and there is no other dress like it.

Ois forOrnate

Something is ornate if it has a lot of elaborate ornamentation on it. The doorknocker in the picture is quite ornate.