Words that Start with K


Words that Start with KA

Words that Start with KB

Words that Start with KE

Words that Start with KH

Words that Start with KI

Words that Start with KL

Words that Start with KN

Words that Start with KO

Words that Start with KR

Words that Start with KU

Words that Start with KV

Words that Start with KW

Words that Start with KY

Words that Start with K

 

Verbs that begin with K

  • Linking verb – keep
    • Keep – to stay or continue in a certain or specified state. The word originates from Old English cēpan; first used around the 12th century. It is pronounced keep.
      • It’s raining, so you need to keep dry when you go outside today.

 

  • Action verbs – kindle, knead
    • Kindle – to stir or flare up, as in flames or feelings. The word originates from Middle English, possibly a modification of Old Norse kynda; first used around the 13th century. It is pronounced kin-dl.
      • It’s easy to kindle feelings of affection when you get to know people.
    • Knead – to press or squeeze with the hands – as in preparing dough for bread or a person’s muscles. The word originates from Old English cnedan; first used in the 12th century. It is pronounced need.
      • I love to knead the dough when we make pizza.

 

Nouns that begin with K

  • Objects – kaleidoscope, kayak
    • Kaleidoscope – a mix of patterns or many different things; a tube with mirrors and colored glass or beads that make patterns when turned. The word originates from Greek kalos beautiful + eidos form + English -scope; first used around 1817. It is pronounced kuh-lahy-duh-skohp.
      • The forest is a kaleidoscope of colors each fall.
    • Kayak – a long narrow boat in which one sits and moves with an oar that has paddles at both ends. The word originates from Inuit qayaq; first used in 1757. It is pronounced kahy-ak.
      • When I take my kayak on the lake, I always pack a lunch to eat while on the water.

 

Adverbs that begin with K

  • keenly, kinesthetically
    • Keenly – to do something with great interest or great understanding; strongly. The word originates from Middle English kene brave, sharp, Old English cēne brave; first used before the 13th century. It is pronounced as keen-lee.
      • My mother felt my dad’s pain keenly when he lost his job.
    • Kinesthetically – to do something using movement, with muscles. The word originates from New Latin, from Greek kinein + aisthēsis perception; first used in 1880. It is pronounced \ˌki-nəs-ˈthe-ti-k(ə-)lē\.
      • The music was kinesthetically pleasing, as could be seen with all the dancing.

 

The letter K is not a commonly used first letter; it’s a consonant. It may be found at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of words. It changes sounds when paired with n.

 

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