Words to Describe Smell, Sound, Taste, Touch …

Humans have such a visual orientation that we often forget to write with our other senses. Thank goodness for stereoscopic vision, but why is it so hard to think of words to describe what we smell and hear and taste? Here’s a list that you might find helpful, just to kickstart your descriptions.

Smell (Olfactory)

acidic, acrid, aromatic, camphoric

fetid flowery, foul, fragrant

fresh, funky, heady, musky, musty

nasty, noxious, perfumed, piney

pungent, rancid, savory, sharp

smelly, stinky, stuffy, sweet

Sound (Aural)

bang, blare, bleat, bray

brogue, caterwaul, chime

chirp, chortle, chuckle, clash

croak, croon, crunch, drone

fizz, grind, groan, gulp

gurgle, hoot, howl, jangle

jingle, knock, ping, plop

prattle, rap, rasp, rattle

roar, rumble, rustle, sizzle

slam, slap, slurp, snarl, strum

tap, thud, thunk, tinkle, trill

twang, warble, whack, whine

whistle, yodel

Taste (Gustatory)

sweet, acidic, biting, bitter

brackish, briny, dry, flavorful

fruity, full-bodied, gamy

gross, juicy, peppery

rank, rich, sharp, sour

succulent, sugary, sweet

syrupy, tangy, tart

zesty, zingy

Touch (Tactile)

bristly, burningm cold

cottony, damp, dry

feathery

frosty

furry

fuzzy

gnarled

hairy

hot

knobbed

knotted

leathery

limp

lumpy

oily

puffy

ribbed

rough

rubbery

sandy

sharp

slimy

smooth

sticky

velvety

wet

Author: Lynda

Loves to write with words, pictures and sound.