Words that Start with J

Words that Start with JA

Words that Start with JE

Words that Start with JI

Words that Start with JN

Words that Start with JO

Words that Start with JU

Words that Start with J

Verbs that begin with J

  • Action verbs – justify, juxtaposed
    • Justify – to give a good reason for; to show as true, just. The word was first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced \ˈjəs-tə-ˌfī\.
      • I tried to justify being late, but the teacher didn’t believe me.
    • Juxtapose – to place different things together to show in an interesting way or to show similarities and differences. Possibly shortened from juxtaposition: Latin juxta near + English position; first used about 1851. It is pronounced \ˈjək-stə-ˌpōz\.
      • My mom likes to juxtapose our family pictures with family members we each look like.


Nouns that begin with J

  • Objects – jewel, junk
    • Jewel – a valuable stone or gem, such as a diamond or ruby, which has been cut and polished. The word originates from Anglo-French, diminutive of ju, jeu game, play; first used in the 13th century. It is pronounced \ˈjü-əl, ˈjül also ˈju̇l\.
      • My mother’s ring has a jewel for each of my children.
    • Junk – items or objects of no value or considered garbage. The word originates from Middle English jonke; first used in the 14th century. It is pronounced \ˈjəŋk\.
      • Our local artist is best known for making art out of junk.


Adverbs that begin with J

  • jauntily, jubilantly
    • Jauntily – to do something sprightly or with a lot of life. The word originates from the modification of French gentil; first used around 1662. It is pronounced as \ˈjȯn-tə-lē\.
      • The cheerleaders jauntily ran onto the field, some performing cartwheels.
    • Jubilantly – to do something with joy or happiness. The word was first used around 1667. It is pronounced \ˈjü-bə-lənt-lē\.
      • The team ran jubilantly off the field after winning the game.


Interjections that begin with J

  • jeez
    • Jeez – an expression of surprise; mild oath. It is a euphemism of Jesus and was first used around 1923. It is pronounced as \ˈjēz\.
      • “Jeez, I thought that test would never end.”


The letter J is not as commonly used as other letters of the alphabet. It is found mostly as a beginning letter than in the middle or end of words. It doesn’t change sounds as other letters are apt to do.


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