Words that Start with Y

Words that Start with YA

Words that Start with YC

Words that Start with YE

Words that Start with YI

Words that Start with YL

Words that Start with YO

Words that Start with YP

Words that Start with YT

Words that Start with YU

Words that Start with YW

Words that Start with Y


Verbs that begin with Y

  • Action verbs – yearn, yield
    • Yearn – to long for; have a strong desire for. It is pronounced \yurn\.
      • I yearn for the day I don’t have to go to school any more.
    • Yield – to give up to; surrender; slow down for. It is pronounced \yeeld\.
      • Whenever you merge into traffic, you have to slow down and yield to oncoming cars.

Nouns that begin with Y

  • Objects – yardstick, yoke
    • Yardstick – a stick used for measuring; consists of markings that equal three feet, which is one yard. The word is a compound word – yard + stick. It is pronounced \yahrd-stik\.
      • My teacher uses his yardstick to point at the whiteboard, but then uses it to help us learn how to measure big items such as desks.
    • Yoke – a wooden frame with loops that go around animals’ necks to hook up equipment. It is pronounced \yohk\.
      • The yoke around the yaks’ necks broke after half the field was plowed.

Adverbs that begin with Y

  • yearningly
    • Yearningly – to do so with deep longing; wistfully; done with desire. It is pronounced as \yur-ning-lee\.
      • While overseas, the soldier thought yearningly of his family back home.


Conjunctions that begin with Y

  • yet
    • Yet – nevertheless; but; though. It is pronounced \yet\.
      • We wanted to finish the job, yet we were enjoying our time with the company.


Pronouns that begin with Y

  • you, yourself
    • You – second person singular, can be subject or object. It is pronounced \shee\.
      • You should really go to bed before Mom sees you.
    • Yourself – reflective form of you; goes back to the second person. It is pronounced \yohr-self\.
      • Please be careful that you don’t hurt yourself with that knife.

Interjections that begin with Y

  • yuck
    • Yuck – expression of distaste or disgust. The word is American slang. It is pronounced as \yuhk\.
      • “Yuck! I hate Brussel sprouts.”


The letter Y is not common at the beginning of words, but it is popular in the middle and ending of words. It can be a consonant and a vowel.


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