Everyone loves a compliment, but it’s not always easy to find the right words. Sometimes you want to use just one word to explain what you think about someone, but finding that right word is the interesting part. The below is a list of 29 great one word compliments with a definition and an example of each one, showing how each word can be used.
29 Best One-Word Compliment Words
We’ve all met someone who is simply gorgeous, so pretty or handsome that there are few words to describe them. This word does! “He is stunning in that gorgeous suit."
When someone literally makes your heart pound and takes your breath away, this word describes what they do to you with their simple presence. “You are breathtaking, my dear.”
Someone who moves very smoothly, has a perfect smile, and makes everyone feel as though they are floating on air could be considered elegant. “She is such an elegant woman – look at how she glides across a room!"
This means brave, with confidence. For example, “Her bold move caught her opponent off guard.”
This word means someone is very interesting or attractive. For example, “The way she looks is very enticing.”
A person who does very good things in life and makes day-to-day things easier for others might be considered an angel. “He is such an angelic man. What would we do without him?”
Someone who is unique is often sought after by others because they are so different, in a wildly creative and quirky way. This is a huge compliment! For example: “That girl is so unique that she keeps me on my toes.”
Someone who makes you want to touch them, be near them, and simply spend time with them can be suited by this word, which means you are drawn to them. “She looks so fetching in that dress.”
This means full of energy, happy, energetic and lively. An example of this might be: “He is such a spirited young man! He will do anything he sets his mind to do.”
This word is all about someone who is respectful, classy, and handles grace under pressure. “Her gracious manner makes everyone feel warm and welcome.”
When thinking about compliment words, never miss this one. This fun word is a way to explain someone who is determined, has plenty of gumption, and will make a serious mark on the world. “She’s so spunky that I know she will do great things!”
When someone is charming, they are very likeable, to the point of getting everyone’s attention in a positive way. “He’s a regular Prince Charming!”
When someone is absolutely wonderful in every way, ‘wondrous’ is a word that tries to encompass all the good things they are. “I have a wondrous relationship with this beautiful woman…I’m so lucky.”
Someone who is very classy, put-together and sophisticated might be considered refined. For example, “She is a very refined woman who was obviously raised well.”
Someone who is grand, who makes you feel as though great things are happening, might make your life feel rather majestic. “He’s so majestic, like an elegant king of his castle.”
When someone has beautiful skin, gorgeous hair, pretty eyes and other attributes that make them special to you, they could be considered lovely. This includes anyone who suits your fancy, even if they are not conventionally pretty. “This woman is so lovely, she just takes my breath away.”
Usually meant to describe a woman, this word means someone who can seduce you with a glance – but doesn’t necessarily know that she can. Being sensuous usually comes very naturally. For example: “She has no idea how sensuous she is.”
Someone who gets your attention due to almost shocking beauty and poise can be considered striking. “I didn’t notice him until he looked at me, and those striking eyes just did me in.”
When you are simply astounded by everything someone does, and it seems like they can do no wrong and they are often considered amazing. Among all other compliment words, "amazing" should never be missed. For example: “His ability to get anything done is just amazing to me."
Occasionally a person will simply exude sexual tension and desire, even if they aren’t trying to do so. That person might be considered sultry. “She has such a sultry way of walking. It always gets my attention.”
Meaning: very polite.
Example: His courteous personality came across well with the dinner guests.
Meaning: acting in an informal, but happy manner
Example: She connects well with clients due to her breezy personality.
Meaning: refined with good social manners
Example: She came across as a polished public speaker at the marketing event.
Meaning: possessing the ability to come up with new things or concepts.
Example: Her creativity resulted in many awards.
Meaning: has the look of importance or respect.
Example: He looks distinguished in uniform.
Meaning: the opposite of subtle; extremely overt and exciting
Example: The music group dressed very flamboyantly, catching everyone’s eye.
Meaning: extremely beautiful
Example: She looked ravishing in that dress.
Meaning: lively and energetic
Example: Her teammates love her because of her sparky leadership style.
Meaning: having a great deal of overall friendliness
Example: The host is very genial and is popular with the patrons.
These compliment words can be the perfect way to let someone know they are unique, special, and all sorts of other wonderful things. Try out a few of them on the person you are enamored with and see what develops. Here's for more:
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