A List of Turkish Intensified Adjectives

To Intensify a Turkish Adjective

The initial letter of adjective adjective is replaced with one of the letters p,r,s,m.

This method is used in normal conversation by the speaker.

There are some exceptions which add a prefix:

paramparça in smithereeens

çirilçiplak stark naked

This replacement has no rule.

It is the choice of which letter sounds better in general conversation.

The following list is of Intensified Turkish Adjectives and Adverbs which have come into universal use.

Many of then can be found in a good dictionary.

They are in constant use both in daily conversation, newspapers and periodicals.

It is a way that language colours itself.

List of Turkish Intensified Adjectives

TurkishEnglishIntensifiedMeaning
acayipqueerapacayipstrange
acelein a hurryalelacelehastily
açıkclear/openapaçıkvery clear
ayrıseparateapayrıquite separate
bakkalgrocerbakkal çakkalgrocers and like
başkaanotherbambaşkaquite another
bayağıcommonbasbayağıvery common
baygınunconsciousaygın baygınlanguid
bedavagratisbesbedavacompletely free
bellievidentbesbellivery clear
beterworsebesbetereven worse
beyazwhitebembeyazbrilliant white
bokshitbombokutterly spoilt
bolfullbosbolfilled up
boşemptybomboşquite empty
burunnosebaltaburunhook nosed
buruşukcreasedbumburuşukwrinkled
bütünallbüsbütünwholly
canlıalivecapcanlıanimate
çabukquicklyçarçabukvery quickly
çevresurroundingsçepeçevreall around
çöprubbishçerçöpsweepings
çıplaknude, nakedçırılçıplakstark naked
dağınıkuntidydarmadağınıkreally untidy
darnarrowdapdarcramped
daracıkpretty narrowdapdaracıkvery narrow
dazlakbald, skin headdumdazlakcompletely bald
delimadmanzıpırdelifrantic madman
delicrazyzırdeliraving mad
delicecrazilydeldelicemadly
dikperpendiculardimdikbolt upright
dirialivedipdirifull of life
dizgin(stirrup)doludizginat full pelt
dızlakbald/nakeddımdızlakdestitute
doğruright/correctdosdoğrudead right
dolufulldopdolucrammed full
durulimpiddupduruvery clear
düzflatdüpedüzdead flat
düzstraightdümdüzdead straight
düzevendüpedüzdead even
genişwidegepgenişexpansive
gıcırbrand newgıpgıcırspanking new
gündüzdaylightgüpegündüzbroad daylight
hızlifasthıphızlivery fast
incethinipincevery thin
ılıktepidıpılıklukewarm
ıslakwetıpıslaksopping
ıssızuninhabitedıpıssızdesolate
iribigipirivery huge
karablackkapkarapitch black
kalınthickkapkalınquite thick
karışıkmixedkarmakarışıkmixed up
kısashortkıpkısavery short
kocalargekoskocahuge
kocamanhugekoskocamanenormous
kolayeasykopkolayvery easily
koyudense darkkopkoyureally dark
körblindköpkörabsolutely blind
kötübadköpkötüvery bad
kötürümparalyzedköskötürümcomatose
kurudrykupkurubone dry
kütüka logküskütükhopelessly drunk
kıvraktidykıskıvrakneat and tidy
mavibluemasmavibright blue
morpurplemosmorbright purple
pakcleanakpaksqueaky clean
pembepinkpespembeshocking pink
perişanworriedperperişanperturbed
parçabitsparamparçain smithereens
pisdirtypimpisfilthy dirty
sağlamhealthysapasağlamin fine fettle
sarıyellowsapsarıbright yellow
sefilmiserable/poorsersefilvery poor
sıcakhotsımsıcakred-hot
sıklamdampsırılsıklamsopping
sıkıtightsımsıkıvery tight
sivrisharpsipsivridead sharp
siyahblacksimsiyahjet black
şirincharmingşipşirinvery charming
talanpillagealantalanin confusion
tamamcompletetastamamperfect
tatlısweettaptatlıvery sweet
tazefresh (food)terütazevery fresh
tazefreshtaptazevery fresh
temizcleantertemizsqueaky clean
topball-liketortopquite round
usludocileupusluwell behaved
uzunlongupuzunvery long
uygunsuitableupuygunadequate
yalnızaloneyapayalnızabsolutely alone
yassıflat and wideyamyassıvery flat
yaşwetyamyaşall wet
yeninewyepyenibrand new
yeşilgreenyemyeşilbright green
yumruswollenyusyumruvery swollen
yumuşaksoftyusyumuşakvery soft
yuvarlaksphericalyusyuvarlakglobular
zayıfthinzapzayıffeeble
zordifficultzopzorvery hard

This type of usage is very common in daily conversation.