List of Adjectives That Start With A-Z

Using adjectives provide additional information about a person, location, animal, and even objects. For instance, adjectives that start with R can be “raw,” “realistic,” and “recognizable.” Here is a list of adjectives that start with A-Z.

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Adjectives That Start With A

Literature would be sterile without descriptive words. Adding words like abrasive to describe a person gives a good image of that person’s character. An abrasive person is irritating or annoying.

  • Aghast
  • Ajar
  • Akimbo
  • Alluvial
  • Askew
  • Astringent
  • Atilt
  • Awry

Adjectives That Start With B

When you use the word burly to describe a man, you create a mind image of a thick-bodied individual, usually muscular. Adding blistering to the noun heat ups the temperature considerably.

  • Baleful
  • Bellicose
  • Berserk
  • Billowy
  • Boisterous
  • Boorish
  • Brutish
  • Bumbling

Adjectives That Start With C

Writing about cute puppies makes them bland. But if they are clumsy and cuddly, your reader pictures adorable dogs and wants to see them. A wild storm conjures up images of downed trees and rain. A catastrophic storm is a hurricane.

  • Cackling
  • Capricious
  • Cavalier
  • Clamoring
  • Clandestine
  • Cloistered
  • Cowering
  • Cryptic

Adjectives That Start With D

A bad person could be described as deplorable or dislikeable, but an evil person is depraved or demonic. A dilapidated house is falling apart. There is a multitude of D adjectives from daffy to dysfunctional.

  • Daft
  • Dawdling
  • Debonair
  • Decadent
  • Demure
  • Disgruntled
  • Doleful
  • Dulcet

Adjectives That Start With E

Examples of descriptive words that start with E are earthy and edible, which could describe mushrooms. Similar adjectives are used to describe different nouns. An electric razor is distinct from an electrifying performance.

  • Ebullient
  • Efficacious
  • Effusive
  • Egalitarian
  • Emaciated 
  • Euphoric
  • Evocative
  • Exuberant

Adjectives Starting With F

F adjectives are fabulous for depicting people. A man can be fuming if he’s angry or foolhardy if he takes risks. Descriptive words can also tell you the person’s origin: Filipino from the Philippines, French from France.

  • Fallacious
  • Fathomless
  • Feckless
  • Fecund
  • Fervent
  • Fervid
  • Fetid
  • Frumpy

Adjectives Starting With G

Galling, garrulous, and genial are wonderful words to illustrate a character. A young boy might be gawky, while a gifted actress is glamorous. If you want to write a love letter, you need to have plenty of glittery and gorgeous adjectives handy.

  • Gabled
  • Galvanic
  • Garish
  • Gauche
  • Ghastly
  • Gibbous
  • Glib
  • Guileless

Adjectives Starting With H

Humans tend to be hypersensitive, hypercritical, and often hurtful, but some of them are heroes and need to be portrayed as such. H adjectives are helpful in writing or in playing word games. 

  • Haggard
  • Haphazard
  • Hair-brained
  • Heinous
  • Heuristic
  • Hubristic
  • Huffy
  • Humdrum

Adjectives Starting With I

I words can be poetic, as in iambic, idyll, and idiom. Complimentary I words are ingenious, industrious, and influential. Romance is enhanced with words like impassioned, intense, and irresistible.

  • Immaculate
  • Impeccable
  • Incoherent
  • Indelible
  • Inert
  • Injudicious
  • Innate
  • Inscrutable

Adjectives Starting With J

Judicious use of J adjectives can spice up a poem or a blog with words such as jittery, jingling, or jocular. There aren’t as many J words, but there are some jazzy, jovial, and jumpy ones.

  • Jabbering
  • Jaded
  • Jammed
  • Jangly
  • Jarring
  • Jaunty
  • Jeering
  • Jumbled

Adjectives That Start With K

K words, like J words, are not common. Keel, kelpie, and kelp are words of the sea. Karma is what you sometimes find waiting for you. Kooky K adjectives include kinky, klutzy, and knavish. 

  • Kabalistic
  • Kinky
  • Knackered
  • Knightly
  • Knobby
  • Knotty
  • Kooky
  • Kyphotic

Adjectives Starting With L

There are lots of L words. Life and love both start with L and can be either laconic or luxurious or even lyrical. L adjectives can add excitement and appeal to your writing which might otherwise be lacking.

  • Lackluster
  • Laconic
  • Lissome
  • Lithe
  • Livid
  • Loathsome
  • Loquacious
  • Lugubrious

Adjectives Starting With M

M words are myriad, and some can modify any noun. For example, mythical creatures like the manticore can be mystical and mysterious or mischievous and melodramatic.

  • Macabre
  • Marauding
  • Mellifluous
  • Mellowed
  • Meteoric
  • Miasmal
  • Moonstruck
  • Morose

Adjectives Starting With N

N words can be nasty, naughty, or nice. People can be nostalgic, noteworthy, notorious, or nosey. N adjectives tend to have more negative connotations than positive ones, especially regarding people.

  • Nacreous
  • Natty
  • Nebulous
  • Negligible
  • Nihilistic
  • Nimble
  • Nonplussed
  • Noxious

Adjectives Starting With O

Terms that start with O are common but can be outlandish or offbeat. Have you thought that you could be more outspoken in your social media posts? With O adjectives, you can make them outstanding.

  • Obdurate
  • Obstreperous
  • Odious
  • Officious
  • Ominous
  • Opprobrious
  • Ostensible
  • Overzealous

Adjectives Starting With P

P words are plentiful. Here we have just a few good ones. There are many more. Used for poetry, novels, short stories, or Scrabble, P terms will describe almost anything you want. 

  • Pallid
  • Pejorative
  • Penurious
  • Peruked
  • Petulant
  • Placating
  • Potable
  • Putrid

Adjectives Starting With Q

Words that start with Q are sometimes quaint, quotidian, or quizzical but not great in quantity. Q adjectives are rare, but there are several excellent ones. They shouldn’t be overlooked.

  • Quaggy
  • Quarrelsome
  • Quavering
  • Queasy
  • Quelled
  • Quenchless
  • Quicksilver
  • Quirky

Adjectives Starting With R

Adjectives start with R abound and are multi-faceted; some describe a person while others are for objects. Here are some of them:

  • Rabid
  • Radiant
  • Rakish
  • Rampant
  • Rapturous
  • Ravening
  • Realistic
  • Reasonable
  • Regular
  • Repugnant
  • Remarkable
  • Reigning
  • Rhapsodic
  • Ribald

Adjectives That Start With S

Some words are similar, like serene and sedate or silly and senseless. S words are common, and there is a slew of S adjectives, like savory to describe a taste, scrumptious to tell how delicious something is, or sleek for an otter. 

  • Salacious
  • Scabrous
  • Sepulchral
  • Sibilant
  • Skanky
  • Smoldering
  • Stentorian
  • Staunch

Adjectives That Start With T

Adjectives beginning with T can be tactful, tantalizing, or tawdry. T words to describe someone are thrifty, thwarted, and tough. There are tons of T terms to choose from.

  • Taunting
  • Tenacious
  • Tepid
  • Toadyish
  • Tortuous
  • Tranquil
  • Tsarist
  • Turbid

Adjectives Starting With U

U adjectives are unusual, not ubiquitous. The U list would be very short except for the prefix un-. Unbeatable, unexplained, unimpressive, and unrelenting are just a few of the uncountable adjectives starting with un.

  • Ulterior
  • Unapproachable
  • Unbridled
  • Undismayed
  • Unerring
  • Unkempt
  • Unmitigated
  • Usurious

Adjectives Starting With V

V adjectives are very few in number because V words, in general, are not common. But terms like vindictive, virtuous, and vile can help you spice up your tweets or add intensity to your writing.

  • Vacuous
  • Venal
  • Verbose
  • Versatile
  • Vitriolic
  • Vivacious
  • Voluble
  • Vulpine

Adjectives Starting With W

W words can add wit and wizardry to your sentences. The prefix well accounts for many of the adjectives, as in well-being, well-honed, and well-read. Stay away from worn-out phrases, though.

  • Walleyed
  • Wavering
  • Weatherly
  • Whorled
  • Willowy
  • Wizened
  • Woozy
  • Wraithlike

Adjectives Starting With X

X words are rare and adjectives starting with X are even rarer. X-ray, xanthoderma, xenoglossia, and xiphoid are all medical terms, as are many of the other X words. 

  • Xanthous
  • Xenophobic

Adjectives Start With Y

Y is like several of the letters at the end of the alphabet. There aren’t that many words and relatively few adjectives. From yappy to yummy, descriptive y terms often are associated with yellow or young.

  • Yawning
  • Yelled
  • Yielded
  • Yonder
  • Youthful

Adjectives Starting With Z

Z, the last letter in the alphabet, is not as popular as those at the beginning. Z adjectives are uncommon, but there are some zesty ones like zany and zonked. Don’t overlook the Z words. 

  • Zaftig
  • Zany
  • Zealous
  • Zestful
  • Zigzag
  • Zippy

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