Words that Start with D


Words that Start with DA

Words that Start with DE

Words that Start with DH

Words that Start with DI

Words that Start with DJ

Words that Start with DO

Words that Start with DR

Words that Start with DU

Words that Start with DW

Words that Start with DY

Words that Start with D

 

Verbs that begin with D

  • Linking verbs – do, did
    • Do – to bring to pass; to make happen. It originates from Old English and Middle English; first used before the 12th century. It is pronounced as \ˈdü\.
      • Please do your homework before you watch television.  
    • Did – past tense of do. It was first used in the 12th century. It is pronounced as \ˈdid\.
      • I did the dishes yesterday, so now it’s your turn.

 

  • Action verbs – dance, deceive
    • Dance – to move one’s body in rhythm to music. It originates from Middle English dauncen, and Anglo-French dancer. It was first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced \ˈdan(t)s, ˈdän(t)s\.
      • I love to dance, but I can never keep in time with the music.
    • Deceive – to lead someone wrong; make another believe something that is not true. It originates from Latin decipere, from de- + capere to take; first used in the 13th century. It is pronounced \di-ˈsēv\.
      • I tried to deceive my parents about my grades, but they saw my report card.

 

  • Objects – dandelion, drawer
    • Dandelion – a wild flower or weed with a large yellow head. The word originates from Middle English dendelyoun, from Anglo-French dent de lion, literally, lion’s tooth; first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced \ˈdan-də-ˌlī-ən, -dē-\.
      • The dandelion is a tough plant with seeds that fly away to grow anywhere.
    • Drawer – a box-like compartment for storage that slides out of furniture. It was first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced \ˈdrȯ(-ə)r\.
      • I found my favorite shirt in the back of the dresser drawer.

 

Adverbs that begin with D

  • delightfully, dirtily
    • Delightfully – to do so while full of joy or pleasure (to do so while full of delight). The root is delight with two suffixes –ful and –ly. It was first used around 1530. It is pronounced as \di-ˈlīt-fəl-lē\.
      • The little girl danced delightfully for the crowd, who smiled at her.
    • Dirtily – to do so in an unclean way; not being nice. The word was first used around the 14th century. It is pronounced as \ˈdər-ti-lē\.
      • The bully fought dirtily, kicking dirt in the other boy’s eyes.

 

Prepositions that begin with D

  • down, during
    • Down – in a lower position; near the floor or lower ground. The word originates from Middle English doun, from Old English dūne; first used in the 12th century. It is pronounced as \ˈdau̇n\.
      • The box was put down on the floor to be unpacked.
    • During – to happen throughout another event or while another situation is happening. The word originates from Middle English – present participle of duren to last; first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced as \ˈdu̇r-iŋ also ˈdyu̇r-\.
      • Dad always sleeps during movies.

 

The letter D is another popularly used letter of the alphabet. It may be found at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of many commonly used words.

 

 

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