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Somehow, Germans have built up a world-renowned reputation for their lack of humor and rather dry conversations. This, however, doesn’t seem to be represented in all the words the German language has to describe personality. In fact, the language itself is far from being dry, it is quite colorful. As in many other cultures, Germans can be energetic, humorous, motivated, artistic, friendly and cheerful and there are some basic German words used to describe a German person.
This is a list of German adjectives that can be used to describe the German personality.

  • Froh means happy,
  • Gemein means, arrogant,
  • Witzig means funny,
  • Süßniedlich means cute,
  • Freundlich means friendly,
  • Fleißig means hardworking,
  • Großzügig means generous,
  • Klug means smart,
  • Zuverlässig means dependable and trustworthy,
  • Kreativ means creative,
  • Ehrgeizig means ambitious,
  • Geduldig means patient,
  • Behilflich means helpful,
  • Aufrichtig means sincere,
  • Angeberisch means to show-off.

Slang words in German

German slang is mostly used by younger and trendier people and slang words tend to span quite a short period of time and then they become stale and are replaced by new words. Jugendsprache or youth language is recognized by a German person as a German “sublanguage.”
Langenscheidt, the German language publisher, each year gives out an award for Jugendwort des Jahres, which means the youth word of that year.
Here is an interesting list of German adjectives and German descriptive words below:

  • Geil, which means awesome, sexy or wicked, sexy is quite an old word which still remains in use. It’s pronounced as gah-eel and can be used to describe a variety of things ranging from a great situation to a hot smoking vixen on a street.
  • Assi, which means antisocial or not sociable can mean somebody who is socially clumsy, unfriendly, deliberately avoids interacting or is a person everybody has come to the agreement should not be like.
  • Der Waschlappen/feigling, meaning a wimp or being a sissy. For example, put into a context if a German person is at the last minute afraid to jump out of a plane with a parachute, feigling could be used to describe that person.
  • Der Streber, meaning a nerd or overachiever isn’t so easy to translate directly into English. This German person is both incredibly smart, even a bookworm and at times a teacher’s pet.
  • Der Klugscheißer/Besserwisser is a know-it-all who frequently announces snippets of information and facts for anyone who is unfortunate to be in earshot.

German personality adjectives should be used in informal situations with both family and friends and to stay safe the speaker should stick to neutral or positive basic German words.