Body Vocabulary

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

Jim Rohn. an American entrepreneur

Screen Shot 2018-11-01 at 11.43.431 – eyelash /ˈaɪˌlæʃ/

2 – eyelid /ˈaɪˌlɪd/

3 – pupil /ˈpjuːp(ə)l/

4 – nostril /ˈnɒstrəl/

5 – iris /ˈaɪrɪs/

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6 – armpit /ˈɑː(r)mˌpɪt/

7 – vein /veɪn/

8 – thigh /θaɪ/

9 – shin /ʃɪn/

10 – sole /səʊl/

11 – calf /kɑːf/

12 – palm /pɑːm/

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13 – knuckle /ˈnʌk(ə)l/

14 – artery /ˈɑː(r)təri/

15 – heart /hɑː(r)t/

16 – lung /lʌŋ/

17 – liver /ˈlɪvə(r)/

18 – kidney /ˈkɪdni/

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19 – spine /spaɪn/

20 – skull /skʌl/

21 – ribs /rɪb/


  • Slim (thin in an attractive way). Mostly used about girls and women.
  • Slender (thin in an attractive or graceful way). Mostly used about girls and women.
  • Skinny (informal too thin and therefore not attractive). The word is usually disapproving.
  • Lean (thin and fit). Mostly used about men. Usually approving.
  • Plump (a little fat in an attractive way, with a soft, round body/part of the body). This is a more polite word than fat.
  • Chubby (a little fat in a pleasant way). Mostly used to describe babies and children.
  • Muscular /ˈmʌskjʊlə(r)(having large, strong muscles). Used approvingly, mostly about men.
  • Well-built (big, with a strong, solid body). Mostly used to describe men.
  • Stocky (short, with a strong, solid body). Mostly used to describe men.
  • Overweight /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈweɪt(too heavy and fat). This is less rude than fat. The opposite is underweight /ˌʌndə(r)ˈweɪt/.
  • Obese /əʊˈbiːs(extremely fat in a way that is dangerous to someone’s health). It’s a medical term, but it’s also used in everyday English.
  • Lanky (tall and with long, thin arms and legs, and not moving in an easy and graceful way). Mostly used to describe teenage boys.
  • Willowy (tall, thin and graceful). Mostly used to describe women.
  • Petite /pəˈtiːt(short and attractively thin). Mostly used to describe girls or women.


Parts of the body appear in some colloquial idiomatic adjectives describing various human states and characteristics:

Word Meaning  Example
Tight-fisted not willing to spend or give much money; miserly /ˈmʌɪzəli/ Don’t ask him to lend you money. Everyone knows how tight-fisted he is.
Open-handed  generous She’s the most open-handed person I’ve known.
Hard-headed practical and realistic; not sentimental A businessman should be hard-headed.
Big-headed conceited /kənˈsiːtɪdor arrogant Don’t get big-headed when you become rich and famous.
Weak-kneed  feeling weak from fear or excitement She feels weak-kneed whenever he comes towards her.
Sharp-eared able to hear even very quiet sounds The sharp-eared detective was listening intently.
Tight-lipped  refusing to comment on something, especially to journalists The tight-lipped actress only got the journalists more curious.
Two-faced  dishonest about your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs I hate two-faced people.
Starry-eyed  naively enthusiastic or idealistic He’s just a starry-eyed dreamer.
Thick-skinned insensitive to criticism or insults She’s been in this business for many years and it has made her thick-skinned.
Heavy-hearted  very sad The rejections has made him heavy-hearted.


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