Replace ‘Very’

veryWriters know more than enough words to tell a story, but sometimes, you want to make something sound just a bit stronger. Below is a list of words where you can avoid saying ‘very’, but use a different words instead.

As always, consult your dictionary if you are not sure about the proper meaning of the word and whether it will fit your text.

Avoid ‘very…’ Rather say
accurate precise, exact, unimpeachable, perfect, flawless
afraid terrified, fearful, alarmed
aggresive forceful, overconfident, insistent, hardline
amazed astounded, flabbergasted, astonished, shocked
angry furious, irate, enraged, incensed, fuming, livid
annoying exasperating, frustrating, irritating,
anxious furious, irate, enraged, incensed, fuming, livid
aware conscious, savvy, apprised, mindful, cognizant
bad awful, deplorable, appalling, rotten, miserable, atrocious
basic rudimentary, primary, fundamental, simple
beautiful exquisite, gorgeous, stunning, magnificent
big immense, massive, bulky
bloody gory, brutal, barbarous, savage, murderous
bony skeletal, angular, spindly, gaunt, emaciated
boring dull, tedious, dreary, uninteresting, mind-numbing
bright dazzling, luminous, briljant, radiant, blinding, intense
busy swamped, active, bustling, engaged
calm serene, hushed, peaceful, tranquil
capable accomplished, efficient, competent, adept, proficient, skillful
careful cautious, meticulous, fastidious, precise, scrupulous
caring compassionate, kind, attentive, sympathetic
cheap stingy, affordable,
civil polite, courteous, respectful, cultured, mannerly
clean spotless, immaculate, stainless, shining, hygienic
clear obvious, transparent, sheer, translucent, glassy, crystal
clever astute, brilliant, shrewd, ingenious, crafty, sharp
cold freezing, frigid, bitter, icy, glacialm frosty, polar
colorful vibrant, kaleidoscopic, variegated, vivid
competitive cutthroat, ambitious, driven, bloodthirsty
complete comprehensive, entire, integral, whole
concerned worried, troubled, upset, distressed, agitated
confident poised, cool, self-assured, self-reliant, secure
confused perplexed, baffled, befuddled, mystified, clueless, dazed
conscious deliberate, intentional, premeditated, willful
consistent constant, unfailing, uniform, harmonious, same
contrary belligerent, argumentative, confrontational
conventional conservative, common, predictable, unoriginal
corrupt fraudulent, crooked, unethical, dishonest, rotten
creamy velvety, buttery, rich, smooth, milky, greasy
creative innovative, imaginative, ingenious, inventive
creepy unnerving, skin-crawling, spooky, sinister, weird
critical vital, crucial, essential, indispensable, integral
crowded bustling, brimming, jammed, loaded, stuffed
crunchy crispy, brittle, crackling, gravelly, crusty, gritty
curious inquisitive, nosy, prying, snoopy, quizzical
cute adorable, endearing, delightful, pretty, charming
dangerous perilous, precarious, unsafe, treacherous, dicey
dark black, inky, ebony, sooty, lightless, starless, unlit
dear cherished, precious, priceless
decent civilized, upright, courteous, respectable, noble
deep abysmal, bottomless, cavernous, yawning, vast, profound
deformed twisted, contorted, misshapen, mutilated
delicate subtle, slight, fragile, frail, flimsy, insubstantial
depressed despondent, downhearted, gloomy, miserable, wretched
desperate frantic, fraught, grave, serious, hopeless, dire
detailed meticulous, thorough, minute
determined resolute, adamant, obstinate, tenacious, dogged
different unusual, distinctive, atypical, dissimilar, unlike, disparate
difficult complicated, complex, demanding, arduous
dirty filthy, foul, grimy, polluted, squalid, dilapidated
disagreeable contrary, obnoxious, offensive, repugnant, rude
dismal miserable, cheerless, depressing, morbid
distinct clear, definite, patent, evident, apparent
dramatic theatrical, histrionic, melodramatic, vivid
dry arid, parched, sere, dehydrated, withered
dubious suspicious, skeptical, cynical, unconvinced
dull tedious, arid, boring, ponderous, wearisome
eager impatient, ardent, fervent, keen, earnest
easy effortless, uncomplicated, unchallenging, simple
educational enlightening, edifying, informative, revealing
efficient competent, proficient, resourceful, able
embarrassed mortified, humiliated, discomfited, ashamed
emotional demonstrative, sensitive, temperamental
empty desolate, devoid, barren, impassive, numb
enthusiastic zealous, eager, fervent, vehement, ebullient
excited thrilled, frenzied, hyperactive, enthused
exciting exhilarating, electrifying, thrilling, breathtaking
expensive costly, exorbitant, overpriced, extravagant
fair equitable, impartial, neutral, nonpartisan
faithful loyal, devoted, staunch, unwavering, stalwart
familiar common, established, typical, traditional
famous renowned, eminent, legendary, celebrated
fancy lavish, excessive, sophisticated, complex
far distant, remote, isolated, secluded, extrasolar
fast rapid, swift, fleet, blistering, supersonic
fat obese, corpulent, rotund, blubbery, round
fertile prolific, productive, fruitful, rich, lush, fecund
few meager, scarce, scant, limited, negligible
fierce vicious, ferocious, savage, keen, intense, feral
firm solid, hard, rigid, set, frozen, unyielding
fizzy effervescent, frothy, foamy, sudsy
fluffy downy, fuzzy, fleecy, feathery, cottony
fond devoted, attentive, enamored, doting
fragile tenuous, unstable, precarious, frail, delicate
friendly gregarious, outgoing, chummy, demonstrative, amiable
frightened alarmed, horrified, shocked, spooked,
frightening terrifying, alarming, horrendous, intimidating
frustrating exasperating, infuriating, disheartening, vexing
full overflowing, bursting, crammed, packed, sated
funny hilarious, hysterical, sidesplitting, rollicking
glad overjoyed, delighted, pleased, tickled, satisfied
good superb, superior, excellent, outstanding
graceful flowing, supple, lithe, willowy, lissome
great terrific, sublime, awesome, expert, masterly
greedy gluttonous, avaricious, materialistic, insatiable
hairy hirsute, shaggy, furry, bushy, unshaven
happy ecstatic, overjoyed, euphoric, blissful, elated, jubilant
hard inflexible, stony, steely, unyielding, tough, rigid, difficult
healthy hale, hardy, flourishing, fit, robust, vigorous
heavy leaden, ponderous, weighty, dense, hefty
helpful supportive, obliging, accommodating, invaluable
high soaring, elevated, increased, advanced, progressive
honest candid, sincere, authentic, forthright, frank
hot burning, scalding, blistering, scorching, searing, sweltering
huge colossal, astronomical, humongous, massive, monumental, tremendous
hungry starving, famished, ravenous, hollow, voracious
hurt battered, distressed, tormented, tortured, damaged
ill infirm, bedridden, frail, terminal, incurable
immature childish, infantile, naive, jejune, callow, green
immoral depraved, decadent, debauched, iniquitous
important crucial, vital, essential, paramount, imperative
impressive extraordinary, remarkable, awe-inspiring
inebriated intoxicated, drunk, soused, smashed, plastered
informal casual, unceremonious, easygoing, simple
intelligent brainy, clever, bright, gifted, intellectual, astute, brilliant
intense severe, extreme, fierce, overpowering, acute
interesting fascinating, remarkable, riveting, compelling, captivating
jealous envious, resentful, grudging, green, bitter
juicy succulent, moist, ripe, luscious, fleshy, syrupy
large huge, humongous, mammoth, gargantuan, colossal
lavish excessive, opulent, posh, luxurious, sumptuous
lazy indolent, slothful, negligent, idle
light buoyant, insubstantial, weightless, airy, ethereal
likely expected, imminent, probable, unavoidable
little tiny, slight, petty, brief, short
lively energetic, vivacious, exuberant, spirited
logical rational, cogent, credible, consistent, sound
lonely isolated, deserted, forlorn, solitary, abandoned
long extended, extensive, interminable, protracted
long-term enduring, extended, lengthy
loose slack, insecure, unsecured, relaxed
loud deafening, thunderous, booming, blaring
loved adored, precious, cherished, revered, beloved
lucky charmed, blessed, favored, fortunate, fluky
mean cruel, brutal, average, intermediate
messy slovenly, sloppy, cluttered, jumbled, unkempt
moody morose, temperamental, unstable, changeable
much plenty, oceans, heaps, scads, oodles, loads
much so of course, okay, yes, absolutely, precisely
musical melodic, melodious, harmonious, dulcet
near handy, close-by, alongside, convenient, nearby
neat orderly, tidy, uncluttered, immaculate, spotless
necesssary essential, compulsory, mandatory, certain, inescapable
negative pessimistic, defeatist, cynical, critical, fatalistic
nervous apprehensive, edgy, insecure, troubled, worried
new novel, innovative, fresh, original, cutting-edge
nice enjoyable, pleasant, agreeable, satisfying
noisy deafening, rackety, showy, resounding
numerous abundant, copious, myriad, profuse
obvious apparent, clear, evident, plain, visible
occasionally seldom, rarely, infrequently, sporadically
often frequently, continually, oftentimes, repeatedly
old grizzled, aged, hoary, ancient, grey, decrepit
old-fashioned archaic, antique, quaint, vintage
open transparent, unobstructed, public, exposed, direct
opinionated dogmatic, cocksure, biased, partisan
optimistic enthusiastic, buoyant, encouraged, positive
painful excruciating, agonizing, searing, unbearable
pale white, pallid, ashen, sallow, colorless, pasty
perfect flawless, absolute, immaculate, unblemished
persuasive convincing, believable, compelling, charming
pleasant satisfying, fulfilling, rewarding, gratifying
poor destitute, indigent, penniless, impoverished
popular trendy, fashionable, admired, prevalent
positive optimistic, upbeat, affirmative, constructive
powerful compelling, influential, potent, significant
practical realistic, sensible, functional, doable, viable
presentable shipshape, well-groomed, tidy, personable
pretty beautiful, enjoyable, becoming, attractive, handsome
pure unadulterated, wholesome, pristine, clean
quick rapid, swift, exceptional, brilliant, intelligent
quiet noiseless, silent, still, hushed, soundless
rainy pouring, stormy
rare scarce, sparse, unique, exceptional, peerless
realistic genuine, credible, authentic, rational, true
reasonable equitable, judicious, sensible, practical, fair
recent the latest, current, fresh, up-to-date
relevant germane, pertinent, appropriate, significant
religious spiritual, devout, pious, fervent, dedicated
responsible dependable, conscientious, reliable, steadfast
rich wealthy, affluent, opulent, loaded
risky perilous, hazardous, treacherous, precarious
roomy spacious, expansive, vast, palatial, commodious
rough coarse, jagged, rugged, craggy, gritty, broken
rowdy boisterous, disorderly, raucous, unruly, wild
rude vulgar, insolent, offensive, derogatory, boorish
sad desolate, disconsolate, wretched, dejected
safe harmless, benign, secure, protected, sheltered
same identical, matching, indistinguishable, exact
sassy impertinent, cheeky, insolent, disrespectful
scared terrified, petrified, terror-stricken, panicked
scary chilling, dreadful, fearsome, intimidating
serious solemn, somber, stern, dour, melancholy, grim, grave
severe acute, grave, critical, serious, brutal, relentless
sexy seductive, steamy, provocative, erotic, sensual
shaky tremulous, quaking, vibrating, unsteady
sharp keen, perceptive, sensitive
shiny gleaming, dazzling, radiant, splendid
short stubby, squat, dwarf, diminutive, petite
shy timid, backward, introverted, withdrawn
significant key, noteworthy, momentous, major, vital
silky sleek, smooth, satiny, glossy, lustrous, shiny
similar alike, akin, analogous, comparable, equivalent
simple easy, straightforward, effortless, uncomplicated, basic
skinny skeletal, bony, slender
slow sluggish, sedate, plodding, creeping, snail-like
small tiny, miniscule, infinitesimal, microscopic, wee, petite
smooth flat, glassy, polished, level, even, unblemished, sleek
soft malleable, yielding, spongy, muted, doughy, downy
sorry remorseful, repentant, penitent, contrite, apologetic
sour acerbic, tart, vinegary, biting, harsh, caustic
special exceptional, cherished, beloved
specific precise, exact, explicit, definite, unambiguous
stinky putrid, fetid, rank, rancid, putrescent, noxious
strange weird, eerie, bizarre, uncanny, peculiar, odd
strict stern, austere, severe, rigorous, harsh, rigid
strong muscular, brawny, rugged, powerful, tough, unyielding, forceful
stupid idiotic, dense, vacuous, ridiculous, inane
substantial considerable, significant, extensive, ample
successful lucrative, productive, thriving, prosperous
sudden unexpected, abrupt, precipitous, unforeseen
suitable appropriate, fitting, seemly, proper, correct
sure positive, persuaded, certain, convinced, absolute
suspicious skeptical, distrustful, wary, guarded, leery
sweet syrupy, sugary, honeyed, cloying, candied
tactile touchable, palpable, physical, perceptible
tall towering, lofty, multistory, soaring, statuesque
tame docile, submissive, meek, compliant, subdued
tasty delectable, mouthwatering, scrumptious, divine, delicious
tempting irresistible, enticing, tantalizing, alluring
tense overwrought, rigid, taut, strained, agitated
terrible dreadful, horrendous, horrific, shocking
thin gaunt, scrawny, emaciated, haggard, skeletal
tight constricting, impenetrable, compact, rigid
tiny minuscule, miniature, microscopic
tired exhausted, spent, frazzled, bushed, drained
traditional conventional, established, customary, habitual
treacherous traitorous, disloyal, unfaithful, perfidious
ugly hideous, revolting, repugnant, grotesque
unfair unjust, bigoted, prejudiced, inequitable
unhappy miserable, heartbroken, wretched, downhearted
unlikely improbable, implausible, doubtful, dubious
unusual abnormal, extraordinary, uncommon, unique
upset distraught, anxious, jumpy, troubled
useful expedient, effective, nifty, handy, valuable
valuable precious, priceless, treasured, inestimable
violent abusive, savage, barbarous, cutthroat, cruel
visible conspicuous, exposed, obvious, prominent
warm stifling, hot, sultry, sweltering, oppressive
wary skeptical, suspicious, leery, vigilant, distrustful
weak feeble, frail, delicate, debilitated, fragile, sickly
well superb, fine, fabulous, all right, okay, good
wet saturated, soaked, waterlogged, sopping
wicked evil, sinful, villainous, nefarious, fiendish
wide vast, expansive, sweeping, boundless, distended
widespread extensive, pervasive, prevalent, rampant
wild untamed, feral, unmanageable, uncontrollable
willing eager, amenable, prompt, unforced
windy roaring, blustery, turbulent, howling, wild
wise sagacious, sage, astute, enlightened, shrewd
worried distressed, distraught, overwrought, upset, anxious
young undeveloped, fledgling, immature, budding
zealous driven, ambitious, motivated, passionate
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