20 French Adjectives to Describe Feelings

Updated: Jul 23

Feelings = Émotions



Describe how you are feeling, or how someone else is feeling, is a part of a lot of conversations during the day. But do you know how to say that you are tired in French? Or even angry? This list of French-English adjectives will improve your vocabulary. Don't forget to grab your free PDF at the bottom of the page.




How to Make French Adjectives Feminine?

French adjectives agree in gender and number with what the describe, which can be an object, a subject, a person, ...

Adjectives are either masculine or feminine when talking about genders, and singular or plural when talking about numbers.

Here are how gender and number affect the endings of the adjectives we are going to see in this lesson:


What Verbs to Use to Talk About Feelings?

We can use a lot of different verbs to talk about feelings, but we will mostly use the verbs être to be and se sentir to feel.


Note: Sometimes the adjectives will be followed by DE / D'.


Let's review the conjugation of the two verbs conjugated in the present tense.

Être - To be

Je suis - I am

Tu es - You are

Il est - He is

Elle est - She is

On est - We are

Nous sommes - We are

Vous êtes - You are

Ils sont - They are

Elles sont - They are


Se sentir - To feel

Je me sens - I feel. I am feeling

Tu te sens - You feel, You are feeling

Il se sent - He feels, He is feeling

Elle se sent - She feels, She is feeling

On se sent - We feel, We are feeling

Nous nous sentons - We feel, We are feeling

Vous vous sentez - You feel, You are feeling

Ils se sentent - They feel, They are feeling

Elles se sentent - They feel, They are feeling



List of French Adjectives

The first adjective is masculine / singular, the second one is feminine / singular.

1. HEUREUX - HEUREUSE - Happy

Elle est heureuse de te voir - She is happy to see you


2. CONTENT - CONTENTE - Happy

Est-ce que tu es content(e) ? - Are you happy?


3. OPTIMISTE - Optimistic

Il faut rester optimiste - We have to stay optimistic


4. RAVI - RAVIE - Delighted

Nous sommes ravi(e)s du résultat - We are delighted with the result


5. DÉTENDU - DÉTENDUE - Relaxed

Je me sens détendu(e) - I am feeling relaxed


6. TRISTE - Sad

Elle est toujours triste - She is always sad


7. PESSIMISTE - Pessimistic

Elle essaye d'être moins pessimiste - She is trying to be less pessimistic


8. MALHEUREUX - MALHEUREUSE - Unhappy

Pourquoi es-tu malheureux(se) ? - Why are you unhappy?


9. DÉPRIMÉ - DÉPRIMÉE - Depressed

Il est déprimé depuis quelques mois - He has been depressed for a few months


10. FÂCHÉ - FÂCHÉE - Angry

Ne sois pas fâché(e) - Don't be angry


11. FURIEUX - FURIEUSE - Furious

Elle était furieuse d'apprendre la nouvelle - She was furious to learn the news


12. FATIGUÉ - FATIGUÉE - Tired

Je suis fatigué(e) de cette histoire - I am tired of this story


13. EXTÉNUÉ - EXTÉNUÉE - Exhausted

Nous étions exténué(e)s après la randonnée - We were exhausted after the hike


14. CASSÉ - CASSÉE - "Broken" / Exhausted

Je dois aller dormir. Je suis cassé(e). - I have to go to sleep. I am "broken" / exhausted.


15. ANXIEUX - ANXIEUSE - Anxious

Ils sont anxieux quand ils sont seuls - They are anxious when they are alone


16. NERVEUX - NERVEUSE - Nervous

Aller chez le dentiste me rend nerveuse - Going to the dentist makes me nervous


17. INQUIET - INQUIÈTE - Worried

Il est inquiet de recevoir ses résultats - He is worried to get his results


18. CHOQUÉ - CHOQUÉE - Shocked

Elles étaient choquées de découvrir la vérité - They were shocked to discover the truth


19. HORRIFIÉ - HORRIFIÉE - Horrified

Le juge était horrifié après avoir vu la vidéo - The judge was horrified after seeing the video


20. IMPATIENT - IMPATIENTE - Impatient

Je suis impatient(e) de voir mon chien - I am impatient to see my dog - I can't wait to see my dog

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