Words that Start with Z

Words that Start with ZA

Words that Start with ZE

Words that Start with ZI

Words that Start with ZL

Words that Start with ZO

Words that Start with ZU

Words that Start with ZW

Words that Start with ZY

Words that Start with ZZ

Words that Start with Z


Verbs that begin with Z

  • Action verbs – zigzag, zoom
    • Zigzag – to move in a crooked way; moving with a lot of turns, not in a straight line. It is pronounced \zig-zag \.
      • When it snows, we like to zigzag around the yard, leaving crazy tracks.
    • Zoom – to move quickly; to increase at a fast speed. The word was first used in 1903 as an imitation of a sound. It is pronounced \zoom\.
      • The boys always zoom past the girls to get in the lunch line first.


Nouns that begin with Z

  • Objects – zephyr, Zeppelin
    • Zephyr – a mild, gentle breeze; the West wind. The word originates from Latin Zephyrus, god of the west wind & zephyrus west wind, zephyr, from Greek Zephyros & zephyros. It is pronounced \zef-er\.
      • After the very cold and windy winter, it was nice to have a zephyr to start the spring.
    • Zeppelin – a large, wingless aircraft with an oblong shape that is filled with a type of gas, has rooms for passengers and crew, and engines on the bottom. The word originates from Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. It is pronounced \zep-uh-lin\.
      • After the Hindenburg crashed in 1937, zeppelins were not a favored way of air travel.


Adverbs that begin with Z

  • zealously, zestfully
    • Zealously – in a manner that is devoted, energetic; supportively; fervently. It is pronounced as \zel-uh s-lee\.
      • Our soccer team zealously played our first playoff game.
    • Zestfully – to do so joyfully; heartily. The word was first used around 1800. It is pronounced as \zest-fuh l-lee\.
      • My grandmother lives life zestfully, always smiling and grateful for every little thing.

The letter Z is not a common letter of the alphabet for word beginnings. It may be found at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of some words. It is also sometimes doubled.


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