Each expression in this post has been shown with meaning followed by an example with a relevant picture. This blog post on “Personality Vocabulary” aims to help ESL learners and teachers in order to help improve their English.
01. to be the life and soul of the party
Meaning: a fun person, someone who is the centre of activity
Example: You were regularly seen attending nightclubs and discos and were generally the life and soul of the party.
02. to be bend over backwards
Meaning: to try very hard to help someone
Example: They have been bending over backwards to help their employees.
Meaning: prepare to accept other views or behaviors
Example: I don’t think that when people grow up, they will become more broad-minded and can accept everything.
Meaning: relaxed and not easily worried about anything
Example: He is an easy going guy, but can be passionate about things he is very much into.
Meaning: an energetic person who likes the company of others
Example: Do you think I’m an extrovert pr introvert?
Meaning: to treat people equally
Example: My father is one of the most fair-minded people I know.
Meaning: to enjoy having fun
Example: Of all the women in the survey, they rate themselves the least fun-loving and the most responsible.
08. to hide one's lighter under a bushel
Meaning: to hide one’s talents and skills
Example: I don’t know why he hides his lighter under a bushel.
09. good company
Meaning: enjoyable to socialize with
Example: I think the children are very good company at this age.
10. good sense of humor
Meaning: the ability to understand what is funny
Example: She’s got a good sense of humor.
Meaning: someone who is shy
Example: She is a little bit introvert that she doesn’t like talk too much.
Meaning: relaxed and easily worried about anything
Example: Many people tell that I take after my mother as I’m quite laid-back.
13. to lose one's temper
Meaning: to suddenly become angry
Example: Today I lost my temper and snapped irritably at the children.
14. narrow minded
Meaning: opposite of broad-minded, not prepared to accept other views or behaviors
Example: He says that some people in our society are narrow minded.
15. painfully shy
Meaning: very shy
Example: I am often painfully shy in public, but completely different at home with my family.
16. to put others first
Meaning: to think of others before yourself
Example: When it comes to Jacob, he always put others first.
Meaning: to become angry quickly
Example: I never knew that Sahil is quick-tempered.
Example: She was always a reserved girl.
Example: He did his best to appear more self-assured than he felt.
Meaning: think only of yourself
Example: Some giving is quite self-centered, I think.
Meaning: believes in one’s own ability or knowledge
Example: She eventually became more self-confident as a storyteller.
Meaning: to not try to get the attention of others (especially in terms of hiding one’s skills or abilities)
Example: In spite of their success, they remain self-effacing and reserved.
23. to take after
Meaning: to be like (often another member of the family)
Example: I try to take after my parents who are honest and hardworking people.
Meaning: not easily affected by criticism
Example: You don’t become a major TV news anchor without being thick-skinned.
Meaning: can be trusted
Example: Most of employees in our team are trustworthy, I think.
Meaning: not honest or sincere, someone who says one thing to someone to their face and another when they are not present
Meaning: Never tell her your secrets, she is a two-faced woman.