USEFUL VOCABULARY

a sweet-tooth – сладкоежка
a cry-baby – плакса
a yes-man – подпевала
a know-all – всезнайка (= a smart Alec)
a chatter-box, a big mouth – болтун
a loud-mouth – горлопан
a lazy-bones – лентяй
a Nosey Parker – любопытная Варвара (= Peeping Tom)
a name-dropper – хвастающий своими связями
a slow coach – копуша
a clock-watcher – нерадивый работник
a tear-away – сорвиголова, агрессивный человек
a gate-crasher – незванный гость
an early-bird – ранняя пташка
a wise old bird – тертый калач
a butter-fingers – растяпа, размазня
a homebody – домосед
a busy-body – докучливый, назойливый человек
a kill-joy – брюзга
a trouble-maker – склочник, смутьян
life and soul of the party – душа компании / общества
a fence-sitter – выжидающий, в нейтральной позиции
Jack of all trades – мастер на все руки
Doubting Thomas – Фома Неверующий
sleepy head – соня
a social-climber – карьерист
a fat head –болван, тупица
all talk and no action – человек не дела
a cold fish – безразличный
a good mixer – общительный человек
a wet blanket – кисляй
a day dreamer – мечтатель, фантазер
a couch potato – проводит много времени, лежа у ТВ
tight-fisted – прижимистый
an armchair critic
an egghead – интеллектуал, очень умный

a dare-devil – отчаянный, бесшабашный
a rolling stone – не сидящий на одном месте
a golden boy – юноша с будущим
a pain in the neck – ужасная зануда
a lone wolf – единоличник
a tomboy – девчонка-сорванец
a fat cat – важный, имеющий хорошую должность
a paper tiger – бумажный тигр (опасный внешне)
a shrinking violet – трус, паникер
a fair-weather friend – друг до первой беды
a dark horse – человек-загадка
a wolf in sheep’s clothing – волк в овечьей шкуре
double-faced – двуличный
lion-hearted – бесстрашный
chicken-hearted – трус
pig-headed – упрямый
bottled-up – скрытный
black-hearted – злобный
low-spirited – унылый, подавленный
to have a finger in every pie – вмешиваться
to keep smb. under one’s thumb – командовать
to keep one’s hands in pockets – бездельничать
to have cold feet – струсить
to lead a cat and dog life – жить как кошка с собакой
to keep one’s head – сохранять спокойствие
to turn a blind eye – не замечать
to give smb. the cold shoulder – неприветливо отнестись
to wear one’s heart upon one’s sleeve – душа нараспашку
to twist smb. round one’s little finger – одурачить
wet behind the ears – неопытный и наивный
nuts – глупый, тупой, чокнутый
a stuffed shirt – самодовольный, напыщенный
a quick-study – быстро схватывающий
a (real) go-getter – очень способный
an eager beaver – готовый добровольно выполнить любую работу


1. to take the mickey out of smb – to laugh at them and make fun of them, often in a friendly way (she isn’t afraid to take the mickey out of her boss and the people above her, she takes the mickey out of herself too).
2. an old fogey – smb who has old-fashioned views and doesn’t like change. You needn’t be old to be one. (Young people today don’t have any respect. – Oh, don’t be such an old fogey! You are only 31!)
3. to bitch about smth/smb – to complain. (When the boss was out they sat around and bitched
about him) to make bitchy comments – say unkind or unpleasant things about smth/smb to be bitchy – the meaning has nothing to do with sex!
4. to get a lot on your plate – to have lots of work to do. (I’ve already got a lot on my plate, and my boss is constantly breathing down my neck to get things finished and do more. It’s really annoying!
5. to have the aura of (confidence, modesty, optimism, sincerity, generosity, passion ...).
6. to have guts – be brave to be gutless – to give in easily and not stand up for what you believe in.
7. to get the giggles – to laugh uncontrollably, usu. about something silly. (We just got the giggles and I was desperately trying to keep a straight face, which just made things worse.)
8. to vent one’s frustrations or anger – to express your feelings in a strong way. (Thanks for listening to all my problems. I really needed to get things off my chest. – Don’t worry. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on or you just want to vent your frustrations, I’m here.)


considerate
competitive
talkative
practical
traditional
reserved
serious
trusting
tough
hard-headed
success-driven
down-to-earth
strong-willed
stubborn
intelligent
inquisitive
frank
carefree
obedient
(dis)honest
sympathetic
courageous
greedy, mean
strict
flexible
(im)patient
shrewd
weak-willed
haughty
cheerful
hostile
industrious
ignorant
revengeful

stable
conceited
depressed
sad
calculating
co-operative
outgoing
optimistic
emotional
stylish
narrow-minded
confident
awkward
brave
easy-going
aggressive
pessimistic
(un)selfish
reasonable
open-minded
kind-hearted
serious
bossy
bad-tempered
(hot)
(im)polite
thrifty
broad-minded
tactful/less
envious
witty
showy
experienced
heartless

skeptical
good-natured
quite-natured
quite, calm
shy, timid
nervous
curious
sociable
safe
creative
ambitious
logical
boring, dull
dependable
impulsive
generous
sporty
sunny
energetic
sensitive
hypocritical
naive
categorical
embarrassed
light-minded
(ir)responsible
rude // ruthless
naughty
pushy
attentive
proud
unfair
wise
deceitful

cautious
unimaginative
spontaneous
trustworthy
melancholy
attractive
distant
cheerless
tolerant
arrogant
romantic
lonely
popular
patriotic
independent
gloomy
emotional
sensible
logical
reckless
suspicious
absent-minded
silly, stupid
argumentative
smart
stingy
enthusiastic
commonplace
decent
well-read
evil
double-faced
capricious
mysterious

fussy
modest
forward-looking
welcoming
sophisticated
narcissistic
provincial
chatty
demanding
adventurous
thick-skinned
(un)reliable
moody
(in)sincere
self-centered
thoughtful/less
obstinate
devoted
loyal
jealous
miserable
secretive
cowardly
lazy
listless
sly, cunning
gentle
merciful
money-thirsty
business-like
well-bred
self-possessed