Ask the Editor
Jane Mairs, Director of English language Learning Publishing
Tourist: noun and adjective forms
Wednesday March 12th 2014
What is the adjective form of tourist? — Rida, Israel

There are two adjective forms of tourist. The first is the noun tourist used as an adjective in front of another noun, as in:

  • Tourist attraction
  • Popular tourist destination
  • Tourist trap


The other is the word touristy, which is an informal and slangy word, with negative connotations. It can be used in contexts like these:

  • Touristy souvenirs 
  • Try to avoid the touristy areas. 
  • The area around the square is very touristy.

As you can see in the last example, touristy does not need to be used in front of a noun.