Personality Traits In French: A Comprehensive Guide

In French, adjectives that describe personality change based on gender and number. This means words can change depending on whether you’re talking about a man a woman, or one person or several. This feature of the French language not only makes communication clearer but also helps those learning the language. It ensures they can speak accurately and respectfully in different social situations.

Key Personality Traits Explored in French

Number Personality Trait in French English Translation
1 Curieux/curieuse Curious
2 Drôle Funny
3 Sérieux/sérieuse Serious
4 Intelligent/intelligente Intelligent
5 Créatif/créative Creative
6 Gentil/gentille Kind
7 Honnête Honest
8 Paresseux/paresseuse Lazy
9 Sociable Sociable
10 Timide Shy
11 Audacieux/audacieuse Bold
12 Calme Calm
13 Énergique Energetic
14 Ambitieux/ambitieuse Ambitious
15 Fidèle Loyal
16 Patient/patiente Patient
17 Impatient/impatiente Impatient
18 Optimiste Optimistic
19 Pessimiste Pessimistic
20 Aventureux/aventureuse Adventurous
21 Déterminé/déterminée Determined
22 Prudent/prudente Cautious
23 Généreux/généreuse Generous
24 Jaloux/jalouse Jealous
25 Méfiant/méfiante Distrustful
26 Rêveur/rêveuse Dreamy
27 Réfléchi/réfléchie Thoughtful
28 Têtu/têtue Stubborn
29 Sensible Sensitive
30 Extraverti/extravertie Extroverted
31 Introverti/introvertie Introverted
32 Amical/amicalement Friendly
33 Hostile Hostile
34 Digne de confiance Trustworthy
35 Modeste Modest
36 Vaniteux/vaniteuse Vain
37 Charmant/charmente Charming
38 Indécis/indécise Indecisive

Traits Divided: Positive Versus Negative

In French, personality traits are split into good and bad types, each showing different sides of how people act and connect with others. Good traits, like being generous (‘généreux’) or brave (‘courageux’), show someone’s ability to care for others and to handle tough situations. These traits are usually admired and trusted.

On the other hand, bad traits such as being lazy (‘paresseux’) or irritable (‘irritable’) can make personal growth and social interactions difficult, sometimes causing misunderstandings or fights.

Positive Personality Traits in French

Personality Traits in French

Number Personality Trait in French English Translation
1 Curieux/curieuse Curious
2 Drôle Funny
3 Intelligent/intelligente Intelligent
4 Créatif/créative Creative
5 Gentil/gentille Kind
6 Honnête Honest
7 Sociable Sociable
8 Calme Calm
9 Énergique Energetic
10 Ambitieux/ambitieuse Ambitious

Negative Personality Traits in French

Number Personality Trait in French English Translation
1 Paresseux/paresseuse Lazy
2 Timide Shy
3 Impatient/impatiente Impatient
4 Pessimiste Pessimistic
5 Jaloux/jalouse Jealous
6 Méfiant/méfiante Distrustful
7 Têtu/têtue Stubborn
8 Sensible Sensitive
9 Introverti/introvertie Introverted
10 Hostile Hostile


To sum up, the book Exploring Personality Traits in French: A Comprehensive Guide explores 38 key personality traits in French culture. It’s pretty clear-cut. The traits are split into good and bad categories, which helps people communicate better and get the feel of French culture. If you’re into cultural studies, whether you’re studying it or just curious, this guide is convenient.

About the author
Ines Yaïci, born and raised in France, brings her native fluency in French to the Translation Blog as a part-time content writer. With a master's degree from the prestigious University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne, Ines combines her academic expertise with a keen interest in the stock markets. Her diverse background and passion for languages make her contributions to the blog both insightful and engaging.

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