List of Degree of Adjectives in English – Definition, Infographics and PDF

list of degree of adjectives

List of Degree of Adjectives PDF!

What is an adjective?

Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Basically, an adjective describes or modifies noun/s and pronoun/s in a sentence, primarily by describing a particular quality of the word they are modifying.

What are Degrees of Adjectives?

Adjectives have three degrees that compare one thing to another, positive degree, comparative degree, and superlative degree. To describe, quantify, modify or identify nouns/pronouns, adjectives are used in specific conditions.

Here are the three degrees of adjectives:

  1. Positive Degree
  2. Comparative Degree
  3. Superlative Degree

Positive degree

‘Positive degree’ simply expressed the quality of a person, place or things.


(a)          Ali is a brave boy.

(b)          Sana is a good student.

(c)           I am a pretty girl.

(d)          They are bad boys.

Comparative degree

A degree of adjective which is used to compare two personality or things or their qualities is called ‘comparative Degree’


(a)          She is brave than her friend.

(b)          Prevention is better than cure.

Superlative Degree

A degree of adjectives compare more than two personality or things or their qualities is called ‘superlative degree’.


(a)          This is a most interesting book.

(b)          Jan is the wisest boy in the class.

Degree of Adjectives

Degree of adjectives

Rules to make a degree of adjectives

Rule No. 1.

Most one-syllable adjectives and some two-syllable adjectives from the “comparative degree” by adding “er” to the positive degree, and the “superlative degree” by adding “est” to the positive degree.

Positive Comparative Superlative
Poor poorer poorest
Clever cleverer cleverest
Quick quicker quickest
Young younger youngest
Cheap cheaper cheapest
Tall taller tallest
Black blacker blackest
Weak weaker weakest
High higher highest
Warm warmer warmest
Short shorter shortest
Large larger largest
Long longer longest
Old older oldest
Clean cleaner cleanest
Strong stronger strongest
Brave braver bravest
Small smaller smallest
Great greater greatest
Able abler ablest


Rule No. 2.

If the positive form is a one-syllable word that ends in a single consonant followed by a single vowel, the consonant is doubled before “er” and “est” are added.


Positive Comparative Superlative
Sad sadder saddest
Glad gladder gladdest
Dim dimmer dimmest
Hot hotter hottest
Fat fatter fattest
Thin thinner thinnest
Big bigger biggest

Rules No.3.

If the positive form ends in a “y” followed by a consonant, the “y” is transformed to a “I” before “er” or “est” is added.

Positive Comparative Superlative
Heavy heavier heaviest
Happy happier happiest
Easy easier easiest
Busy busies busiest

Rules No.4.

By adding “more” and “most” before the positive degree, most adjectives with two or more syllables can be converted to comparative and superlative degrees.

Positive Comparative Superlative
Useful more useful most useful
Powerful more powerful most powerful
Honest more honest most honest
Famous more famous most famous
Difficult more difficult most difficult
Comfortable more comfortable most comfortable
Beautiful more beautiful most beautiful
Active more active most active


Some adjectives make their degrees in an irregular manner.

Positive Comparative Superlative
Up upper uppermost
Much more most
Good batter best
Many more most
Little less least
Bad worse worst

List of Degree of Adjectives

Here is a comprehensive list of degree of Adjectives:

Positive Comparative Superlative
hairy hairier hairiest
smooth smoother smoothest
smoky smokier smokiest
flaky flakier flakiest
busy busier busiest
crispy crispier crispiest
deadly deadlier deadliest
shiny shinier shiniest
neat neater neatest
plain plainer plainest
light lighter lightest
high higher highest
rusty rustier rustiest
hot hotter hottest
creepy creepier creepiest
cold colder coldest
gross grosser grossest

List of Degrees of Adjectives – Infographic 1

list of degree of adjectives

Positive Comparative Superlative
true truer truest
fresh fresher freshest
far further/farther furthest/farthest
near nearer nearest
rare rarer rarest
fair fairer fairest
tough tougher toughest
dumb dumber dumbest
pretty prettier prettiest
tiny tinier tiniest
crunchy crunchier crunchiest
narrow narrower narrowest
scary scarier scariest
firm firmer firmest
dark darker darkest
lively livelier liveliest
proud prouder proudest
ripe riper ripest
thirsty thirstier thirstiest
cloudy cloudier cloudiest
bloody bloodier bloodiest
greedy greedier greediest
creamy creamier creamiest
thin thinner thinnest
brief briefer briefest
chubby chubbier chubbiest
thick thicker thickest

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List of Degrees of Adjectives – Infographic 2

degree of adjectives

Positive Comparative Superlative
tasty tastier tastiest
gloomy gloomier gloomiest
steep steeper steepest
spicy spicier spiciest
sour sourer sourest
clear clear clearest
lovely lovelier loveliest
sane saner sanest
fast faster fastest
silly sillier silliest
full fuller fullest
odd odder oddest
calm calmer calmest
bossy bossier bossiest
raw rawer rawest
clumsy clumsier clumsiest
hip hipper hippest
mean meaner meanest
filthy filthier filthiest
black blacker blackest
fine finer finest
likely likelier likeliest
coarse coarser coarsest
crazy crazier craziest
harsh harsher harshest
clever cleverer cleverest
noisy noisier noisiest
old older/elder oldest/eldest
dry drier driest
bright brighter brightest
long longer longest
cute cuter cutest
lazy lazier laziest
curvy curvier curviest
sorry sorrier sorriest
early earlier earliest
grave graver gravest
poor poorer poorest
pure purer purest
sore sorer sorest
blue bluer bluest
late later latest
soon sooner soonest
bland blander blandest
juicy juicier juiciest
flat flatter flattest
healthy healthier healthiest

List of Degrees of Adjectives – Infographic 3

degree of adjectives

Positive Comparative Superlative
cool cooler coolest
cruel crueller cruellest
easy easier easiest
shy shyer shyest
worldly worldlier worldliest
wise wiser wisest
windy windier windiest
wild wilder wildest
wet wetter wettest
wide wider widest
curly curly curliest
weird weirder weirdest
wealthy wealthier wealthiest
weak weaker weakest
tan tanner tannest
safe safer safest
rough rougher roughest
grand grander grandest
sharp sharper sharpest
tall taller tallest
soft softer softest
great greater greatest
risky riskier riskiest
sweet sweeter sweetest
sweaty sweatier sweatiest
sunny sunnier sunniest
strong stronger strongest
strict stricter strictest
strange stranger strangest
cheap cheaper cheapest
stingy stingier stingiest
clean cleaner cleanest
smelly smellier smelliest
short shorter shortest
smart smarter smartest
small smaller smallest
nice nicer nicest
slow slower slowest
fierce fiercer fiercest
new newer newest
slimy slimier slimiest
gentle gentler gentlest
slim slimmer slimmest

List of Degrees of Adjectives – Infographic 4

degree of adjectives

Positive Comparative Superlative
Sleepy sleepier sleepiest
deep deeper deepest
naughty naughtier naughtiest
polite politer politest
skinny skinnier skinniest
dense denser densest
faint fainter faintest
sincere sincerer sincerest
icy icier iciest
salty saltier saltiest
close closer closest
humble humbler humblest
needy needier neediest
happy happier happiest
little littler littlest
loud louder loudest
simple simpler simplest
big bigger biggest
itchy itchier itchiest
rich richer richest
good better best
hard harder hardest
shallow shallower shallowest
sad sadder saddest
fit fitter fittest
moist moister moistest
bold bolder boldest
messy messier messiest
bad worse worst
handy handier handiest
bitter bitterer bitterest
oily oilier oiliest
dusty dustier dustiest
dull duller dullest
large larger largest
kind kinder kindest
damp damper dampest
low lower lowest
nasty nastier nastiest
chewy chewier chewiest
few fewer fewest
quiet quieter quietest
broad broader broadest
funny funnier funniest
hungry hungrier hungriest
fancy fancier fanciest
greasy greasier greasiest
guilty guilter guiltiest

List of Degrees of Adjectives – Infographic 5

list of degree of adjectives

Positive Comparative Superlative
Lonely lonlier loneliest
angry angrier angriest
fat fatter fattest
dirty dirtier dirtiest
brave braver bravest
rude ruder rudest
roomy roomier roomiest
quick quicker quickest
mild milder mildest
classy classier classiest
heavy heavier heaviest
friendly friendlier friendliest
young younger youngest
worthy worthier worthiest
warm warmer warmest
ugly uglier ugliest
mad madder maddest

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