What Is a Descriptive Word?

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Descriptive words modify verbs and nouns. These words serve to help explain a certain place or situation in a more engaging and easily understandable way.

All adjectives, or describing words added to nouns and verbs to indicate what color, what kind, how many or which one, are descriptive words although not all descriptive words are adjectives. Several types of adjectives exist, including common ones such as "large" or "friendly." The goal of descriptive words is to provide information about the way someone or something looks or sounds. When writing, it is a good idea to use descriptive words sparingly to avoid cluttering the sentence or paragraph.