Other forms: statuesquely

If your favorite teacher is as beautiful and impressive as a statue in a museum, go ahead and describe her as statuesque.

Statuesque means "like a statue," in the sense that someone is dignified, good looking, and maybe a little intimidating. It's an adjective that is almost always used to describe a tall woman, and while it's a compliment, it can sometimes be interpreted as meaning simply "big and tall." The Latin root means "statue," statua, and it in turn comes from stare, "to stand."

Definitions of statuesque
  1. adjective
    suggestive of a statue
    synonyms: Junoesque
    having a well-proportioned and pleasing shape
  2. adjective
    of size and dignity suggestive of a statue
    synonyms: stately
    great in vertical dimension; high in stature
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