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A List of Turkish Intensified Adjectives

How to Intensify a Turkish Adjective

Replace the initial letter of the adjective with one of the letters p,r,s,m. This method is used in normal conversation by the speaker. There are some exceptions paramparça, çirilçiplak, etc.. 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, plus stories and novels. It is a way that language colours itself. This type of usage is very common in daily reading, listening and conversation.

List of Turkish Intensified Adjectives
AdjectiveMeaningIntensifiedMeaning
acayipqueerapacayip, çok acayip very strange
acelein a hurryalelacelevery hastily
açıkclear/openapaçıkvery clear/open
ayrıseparateapayrıquite separate
bakkalgrocerbakkal çakkalgrocers and the like
başkaanotherbambaşkaquite another thing
bayağıcommonbasbayağıvery common
baygınunconsciousaygın baygınlanguid
bedavagratisbesbedava - (little used)completely free
bellievidentbesbellivery clear
beterworsebesbetereven worse
beyazwhitebembeyazbrilliant white
bokshitbombokutterly spoilt
bolfullbosbolfilled to the brim
boşemptybomboşquite empty
burunnosebaltaburunhook nosed
buruşukcreasedbumburuşukwrinkled all over
bütünallbüsbütünwholly
canlıalivecapcanlıanimate
çabukquicklyçarçabukvery quickly
çevresurroundingsçepeçevreall around
çöprubbishçerçöpsweepings
çıplaknude, nakedçırılçıplakstark naked
dağınıkuntidydarmadağınıkreally untidy
darnarrowdapdarcramped, tight-fitting
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 brand new
gündüzdaylightgüpegündüzbroad daylight
hızlifasthıphızlivery fast
incethinipincevery thin
ılıktepidıpılıklukewarm
ıslakwetıpıslaksopping/all wet
ıssızuninhabitedıpıssızdesolate
iribigipirivery huge
karablackkapkarablack as night
kalınthickkapkalınquite thick
karışıkmixed upkarmakarışıkcompletely mixed up
kısashortkıpkısa, kısacıkvery short
kocalargekoskocahuge
kocamanhugekoskocamanenormous
kolayeasykopkolayvery easily
koyudense darkkopkoyureally dark
körblindköpkörabsolutely blind
kötübadköpkötü - (child talk)very bad
kötürümparalyzedköskötürümcompletely paralyzed
kurudrykupkurubone dry
kütüka logküskütükhopelessly drunk
kıvraktidykıskıvrakneat and tidy
mavibluemasmavibright blue
morpurplemosmorbright purple
pakcleanakpaksqueaky clean
pembepinkpespembeshocking pink
perişanmiserable/worriedperperişanvery perturbed
parçabitsparamparçain smithereens
pisdirtypimpis - (child talk)filthy dirty
sağlamhealthysapasağlamin fine fettle
sarıyellowsapsarıbright yellow
sefilmiserable/poorsersefilvery miserable/poor
sıcakhotsımsıcakred-hot
sıklamdampsırılsıklamsopping wet
sıkıtightsımsıkıvery tight
sivrisharpsipsivridead sharp
siyahblacksimsiyahjet black
şirincharmingşipşirinvery charming
talanpillagealantalanin utter confusion
tamamcompletetastamamperfect
tatlısweettaptatlıvery sweet
tazefresh (food)terütazeblooming/very fresh
tazefreshtaptazevery fresh
temizcleantertemizsqueaky clean
topround, ball-liketortopquite round
usluwell behavedupusluvery well behaved
uzunlongupuzunvery long
uygunsuitableupuygunquite adequate
yalnızaloneyapayalnızabsolutely alone
yassıflat and wideyamyassıvery flat
yaşwetyamyaşall wet
yeninewyepyenibrand new
yeşilgreenyemyeşilbright green
yumruswollen/roundyusyumruvery swollen/round
yumuşaksoftyusyumuşakvery soft
yuvarlakglobularyusyuvarlakabsolutely spherical
zayıfthin/feeblezapzayıfvery thin/feeble
zordifficult, hardzopzorvery difficult