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400 Words to Describe Texture

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The Difficulty of Describing Texture

Describing texture is a problem for both established and new writers, who often forget to write with senses other than sight. In reality, writers should use every sense.

Here are 400 words to help you find the right word for the texture you're trying to describe.

Texture and Soul

Not the texture of wood

Nor the texture of steel,

But the texture of you

Is what makes your soul real

— Anonymous

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A

Abrading

Affected

Angular

Attractive

Abrasive

Affordable

Arid

Awkward

Acute

 

 

 

B

Bald

Blistered

Bouncy

Bulky

Ballooned

Bloated

Bristly

Bumpy

Barbed

Blunt

Broad

Burning

Bendable

Boiling

Bubbly

Burnished

Biting

Bolstered

Bulging

Bushy

Blemished

 

 

 

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C

Caked

Clammy

Cool

Crawly

Caressing

Clean

Copious

Creepy

Carved

Clear

Corduroy

Crenelated

Chafing

Clear-cut

Corrugated

Crocheted

Channelled

Coagulated

Cosy

Crude

Chapped

Coarse

Cottony

Cushioned

Cheap

Coated

Covered in dust

Cut

Cheerful

Cold

Covered with hair

Cut into

Cheery

Concentrated

Covering

Cutting

Chunky

Confused

Cratered

 

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D

Damaged

Definite

Dirty

Dripping

Damp

Dehydrated

Discolouration

Dry

Dank

Dense

Disfigured

Dry as a Bone

Dead flat

Dented

Distended

Ductile

Decorated

Diaphanous

Downy

Dull

Deep

Difficult

Dreary

Durable

Defective

Dirt-free

Drenched

Dusty

E

Effective

Enamelled

Engraved

Even

Elastic

Encrusted

Enlarged

Expanded

Emblazoned

Engorged

Etched

Extreme

Embossed

 

 

 

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F

Fatty

Firm

Flawless

Fresh

Feathery

Fizzy

Fleecy

Frigid

Fiery

Flaky

Fluffy

Frothy

Filmy

Flat

Fluted

Furred

Filthy

Flat as a Pancake

Foamy

Furry

Fine

Flattened

Freezing

Fuzzy

Finished

Flawed

 

 

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G

Gelatinous

Gooey

Gravelly

Gritty

Glassy

Gossamer

Grimy

Grooved

Glazed

Grainy

Grinding

Grubby

Glossy

Granular

Gripped

Grungy

Glutinous

Grating

 

 

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H

Hairy

Hatched

Hoarse

Hot-pressed

Hard

Hazy

Honeyed

Humid

Harsh

Heated

Hot

Hygienic

I

Icy

Imprinted

Inflexible

Inviting

Ill-defined

Incised

Inlaid

Ironed

Immaculate

Incisive

Inscribed

Irregular

Impenetrable

Incrusted

Inserted

Itchy

Imperfect

Indented

Inset

Ivory

Imprecise

Inflated

 

 

J

Jagged

Jarring

Jumbled

K

Keen

Knitted

Knobbed

L

Layered

Limp

Longhaired

Lustrous

Level

Lined

Lustreless

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M

Malleable

Mellifluous

Moist

Mushy

Marked

Metallic

Mosaic

Muted

Matte

Mild

Mucky

Mutilated

N

Neat

Not glossy

Not shiny

Numbing

Nonglossy

 

 

 

O

Orderly

Ornamented

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P

Padded

Pitted

Pointy

Printed

Parched

Pleated

Polished

Protected

Patinated

Pliable

Potholed

Puffed out

Patterned

Pocked

Precise

Puffed up

Perfect

Pockmarked

Pressed

Pulpy

Piercing

Pointed

Prickly

Pure

R

Ragged

Refined

Ridged

Runny

Rasping

Reflective

Rigid

Rutted

Raw

Restful

Rocking

 

Razor sharp

Ribbed

Rough

 

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S

Sandy

Sharp-edged

Snarling

Stain

Sanitary

Sheen

Snug

Stamped

Saturated

Sheer

Soaked

Steamed

Scalding

Shielded

Soaking

Steely

Scaled

Shiny

Soapy

Sterile

Scarred

Shipshape

Sodden

Stiff

Scorching

Silky

Soft

Still

Scored

Silky-smooth

Soggy

Stinging

Scraped

Skin

Soiled

Stodgy

Scratched

Sleek

Solid

Strong

Scratching

Slick

Sopping

Stubbly

Scratchy

Slight

Sound

Substantial

Sculptured

Slimy

Sparkling

Supported

Searing

Slippery

Spick-and-span

Sweltering

Serrated

Slovenly

Spikey

Swollen

Set in

Smooth

Spiny

Syrupy

Severe

Smooth as glass

Spongy

 

Shaggy

Smoothed

Spotless

 

Sharp

Smudged

Springy

 

T

Tarnished

Thorny

Tingly

Transparent

Tessellated

Tickling

Toothed

Tweedy

Thick

Tidy

Tough

 

Thin

Tiled

Translucent

 

U

Unadulterated

Uncompromising

Unexciting

Untarnished

Unblemished

Unctuous

Uninteresting

Untidy

Unbreakable

Understated

Unpolluted

Unyielding

Unclear

Undulation

Unsoiled

 

Uncomfortable

Uneven

Untainted

 

V

Vague

Velvety

Viscous

Vivacious

Varnished

Veneered

 

 

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W

Warm

Well-defined

Wholesome

Wool

Waterlogged

Well-honed

Wide

Woollen

Wavy

Wet

Withered

Woolly

Welcoming

Whetted

Wooden

Woven

Y

Yielding

Why It's Important to Use Texture Descriptors

Words to describe texture are very important. Though television and the web might have raised the prominence of visual media, the value of touch remains very significant.

A setting can permeate our senses if we just let it. Thank goodness for vision, thank goodness for sound, yet why is it so hard to think of words to describe texture?

  • Texture: The quality we know as texture, a sensory perception, is a reflex action to receptor stimulation. Though it is almost intuitive, your work feels flat without it. Get the right word, however, and you will almost magically convey the sensation to your reader.
  • Touch: Touch, also known as mechanoreception, is an awareness caused by the stimulation of receptors found on the surface of the skin, tongue, and throat. Assortments of receptors react to differences in pressure (steady, sweeping, continuous, etc.) and are spontaneous (unlike finding the right word to describe something).

A Warning About Adjectives

I hope this list of words to describe texture has been of use, but please remember to use descriptive words with care.

A few words to describe texture and touch can make your work more vivid and give it energy. Overdoing it, however, will make your work seem like a pulpy romance. See what I mean?

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I did not know how to describe texture, but after reading this article, I could remember more than 10 words to describe texture. It also helped me in my school project.

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Jeanette Stone Bishop on December 01, 2016:

Great list of descriptive words. Thank you.

Copeland Whitfield on November 10, 2016:

This is wonderful, I often struggle to capture a texture perfectly, as some has such unique textures.

Holly Green on October 30, 2016:

This must be very useful for some people, but I am writing I story about a blind girl, so I can't use most of these.

Megan on October 08, 2016:

Super helpful!

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thanks so much for this article its really helped me with my school project

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This is helping me a lot with my descriptive essay. Thank you so much for writing this

Ms_G on April 29, 2016:

I am using your wonderful list for my painting students :) Thank you!

willian grey-north on March 08, 2016:

oh why thank you this works wonders for my year 11 coursework.

Kelbelle on February 28, 2016:

Does anyone know good texture words for cantaloupe outside besides bumpy and rough

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 28, 2016:

Great list of words to describe texture in your writing. Some I never heard or thought of. Thanks for sharing.

bla on September 22, 2015:

just what I needed- I was doing a list on detail words.

ajbarnett (author) from Costa Blanca, Spain on April 11, 2014:

Thank you, Terry. Glad it was okay

Terry on April 11, 2014:

This is a very helpful article, thank you!

jack on November 06, 2013:

thanks

ajbarnett (author) from Costa Blanca, Spain on December 29, 2012:

Thank you, Julie. I'm glad you found this useful

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on December 29, 2012:

Great words and a bookmarkable list! Thanks :)

Peter Tangkhul on September 26, 2012:

Fantastic! Thanks a ton.

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Thanks this helped A lot! 8D