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Arabic Similes Posted by on Apr 13, 2018 in Culture, Vocabulary

A Simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid (e.g. as brave as a lion) (dictionary.com)

In this post, I give some common similes in Arabic. Some of them are similar to English, while others are different.

Similes involving animals:

شجاع كالأسد

brave as a lion


ماكر كالثعلب

sly as a fox

سريع كالحصان

Fast as a horse

غبي كالحمار

Stupid as a donkey

غادر كاذئب

Faithless as a wolf

بطئ كالسلحفاة

Slow as a tortoise

قوي كالثور

Strong as a bull

ضخم كالفيل

Big as an elephant

Similes involving natural phenomena:

جميل كالقمر

Beautiful as the moon


بارد كالثلج

Cold as ice

واسع كالصحراء

Vast as desert

عميق كالبحر

Deep as sea

بعيد كالسماء

Far as the sky

Similes involving objects:

أبيض كالقطن

White as cotton


أسود كالفحم

Black as coal

حلو كالسكر

Sweet as sugar

مرّ كالعلقم

Bitter as colocynth

Are these similes similar to the corresponding ones your language?

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  1. Fulan:

    I like how you package the some of the useful day to day similes.

  2. Fulan:

    Good job.