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PHYSICAL FEATURE THESAURUS
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Describing a character’s physical appearance isn’t easy; use too little detail and readers will draw a blank and be unable to picture the character in their minds, while too much information will make them want to skip ahead. It’s all about honing in on the right physical details and doing more with less. Use this thesaurus to brainstorm ways to describe physical features in a way that also characterizes, hints at emotion, or accomplishes both.

ARMS

ATHLETIC BUILD

BACK

BUTT

CHEEKS

CHEST

CHIN

CURVY BUILD

EARS

EYEBROWS

EYES

FACE

FACIAL HAIR

FEET

FINGERNAILS

FINGERS

HAIR

HANDS

HEAD

HIPS

JAW

KNEES

LEGS

LIPS

MUSCULAR BUILD

NECK

NOSE

OVERWEIGHT BUILD

PETITE BUILD

SHOULDERS

SICKLY BUILD

SKIN

SLENDER BUILD

STOCKY BUILD

STOMACH

TALL BUILD

TEETH

TOENAILS

TOES

UNDERWEIGHT BUILD

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