Flo-Joe for Cambridge English Exams

Cambridge English: Preliminary

Vocabulary practice for the Cambridge PET exam

Describing People: Physical Appearance

On this page you will practise some of the vocabulary to describe different types of physical appearance.


Complete each definition with the correct words:

A) A more polite word for describing someone who is 'fat'.
The opposite of short.
C) A word to describe an attractive man.
D) A word to describe a very atractive woman.
E) The opposite of 'fat' is 'thin'. This is another word meaning 'thin'.
F) Another word meaning 'old'.
G) If someone is muscular we say they are well-.
H) Someone who is 26 years old is in their .
Another word for 'small' often used to describe a woman.
J) Not tall or short. Medium-

Well done. The correct answers are: A) overweight, B) tall, C) handsome, D) beautiful, E) skinny, F) elderly, G) built, H) twenties, I) petite, J) height.Your answer has been saved.Check your answer





Complete the gaps in the following sentences with one of the words from the previous quiz.

A) I used to be quite well- when I was younger but now I'm not so fit.
Karen is in her . If fact she'll be 28 next week.
C) My eldest daughter is quite . People often think she's younger than she is because of her size.
D) Have you seen Mary's new boyfriend? He's so . Apparently he used to be a male model.
E) Since I had that cold I've lost so much weight. I've never looked this before.
F) The police are looking for two men: one quite short and the other one medium- .
G) The doctor told me I was and needed to cut down on the amount of fatty foods I eat.
H) There are almost 11 million people in the UK who are over the age of 65.
I) You need to be quite to play basketball. Many players are over 2m.
J) Sarah has two little girls. They're so pretty.

Well done!The correct answers are: A) built, B) twenties, C) petite, D) handsome, E) skinny, F) height, G) overweight, H) elderly, I) tall, J) beautiful. Your answer has been saved.Check your answer


Are you in your teens, in your twenties, or older?
If you were overweight would you find it easy to go on a diet?
Do you have many elderly relatives?
Have you got any female friends you would describe as 'petite'?


Writing Practice: Part 3

This is part of a letter you receive from a new English pen-friend.

Anyway, that's all about me. How would you describe yourself?

Now you are writing a letter to this friend.

Write your letter in about 100 words.