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Adjectives to Describe Animals in Spanish

Adjectives to Describe Animals in Spanish

Quick Answer

Furry (peludo )? Adorable (adorable )? Terrifying (aterrador )? How would you describe your favorite animal in Spanish?

In this article, you'll learn loads of adjectives that you can use to describe the animals you love...and also those you hate!

Size

First let's see how to describe the size (el tamaño ) of different animals.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
microscopic
microscópico
 
underweightmuy flaco /de peso más bajo que el normal 
minuscule
minúsculo
 
skinny
flaco
 
miniatureenano /en miniatura thin
delgado
 
tinychiquitito /pequeñito fat
gordo
 
smallpequeño /chico chubbyrechoncho /regordete /llenito /gordito 
littlepequeño /chico plumprechoncho /regordete /llenito 
big
grande
 
overweight
con sobrepeso
 
huge
enorme
 
tall
alto
 
enormous
enorme
 
shortbajo /chaparro 
giant
gigante
 
humongous
enorme
 

Let's see a couple of examples.

Ay, esa catarina está bien chiquitita.
Aw, that ladybug is so tiny.
 
Guau, ¡qué serpiente más enorme!
Wow, what a humongous snake!
 

tiny ladybug

Colors/Patterns

Now let's learn some of the words you can use to describe the special colors or patterns an animal's coat or skin can have.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
stripedrayado /listado gingerrojizo /anaranjado 
spottedcon manchas /manchado tabby
atigrado
 
cloudednublado /nubloso calico
tricolor
 
brindledpinto /manchado tricolor
tricolor
 
solid
liso
 
multicolor
multicolor
 
dappled
rodado
 
iridescent
iridiscente
 
speckled
moteado
 
fluorescent
fluorescente
 

Here are some examples:

Los gatos tricolores siempre son hembras.
Calico cats are always female.
 
La yegua rodada era muy mansa.
The dappled mare was very mild-mannered.
 

calico cat

Texture

Next, let's take a look at words used to describe the way the coat or skin of an animal might feel.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
fluffy
esponjoso
 
spiny
con púas
 
furry
peludo
 
sleek
liso y brillante
 
poofy
esponjoso
 
feathery
con plumas
 
hairy
peludo
 
rough
áspero
 
shaggylanudo /peludo smooth
liso
 
spikycon puntas /con púas slimy
baboso
 
prickly
con púas
 
scaly
escamoso
 

Here are a few examples:

Un conejo esponjoso está sentado en el jardín.
A fluffy bunny is sitting in the garden.
 
Un gusano baboso salió de la maceta.
A slimy worm popped out of the flowerpot.
 

fluffy bunny

Miscellaneous

Finally, here are a list of miscellaneous words you can use to describe animals.

EnglishSpanishEnglishSpanish
cutelindo /precioso /mono scary/terrifying
aterrador
 
adorable
adorable
 
poisonous/venomous
venenoso
 
nimbleágil /diestro dangerous
peligroso
 
sassy
pícaro
 
creepy
espeluznante
 
friendly
amigable
 
sneaky
furtivo
 

For example:

Ese cachorro se ve muy amigable.
That puppy looks really friendly.
 
Los mapaches son muy diestros.
Raccoons are very nimble.
 

huggable dog

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