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49 Adjectives Starting with Y

Yankee (a.) Of or pertaining to a Yankee; characteristic of the Yankees.


Yarage (a.) The power of moving, or being managed, at sea; -- said with reference to a ship.
Yarnen (a.) Made of yarn; consisting of yarn.
Yarrish (a.) Having a rough, dry taste.
Yawl-rigged (a.) Having two masts with fore-and-aft sails, but differing from a schooner in that
the after mast is very small, and stepped as far aft as possible. See Illustration in Appendix.
Yeared (a.) Containing years; having existed or continued many years; aged.
Yearling (a.) Being a year old.
Yearly (a.) Happening, accruing, or coming every year; annual; as, a yearly income; a yearly
feast.
Yearly (a.) Lasting a year; as, a yearly plant.
Yearly (a.) Accomplished in a year; as, the yearly circuit, or revolution, of the earth.
Yearnful (a.) Desirous.
Yeast-bitten (a.) A term used of beer when the froth of the yeast has reentered the body of
the beer.
Yeasty (a.) Frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.
Yellow-covered (a.) Covered or bound in yellow paper.
Yellow-eyed (a.) Having yellow eyes.
Yellowish (a.) Somewhat yellow; as, amber is of a yellowish color.
Yeomanlike (a.) Resembling, or suitable to, a yeoman; yeomanly.
Yeomanly (a.) Pertaining to a yeoman; becoming or suitable to, a yeoman; yeomanlike.
Yern (a.) Eager; brisk; quick; active.
Yerne (a.) Eagerly; briskly; quickly.
Yester (a.) Last; last past; next before; of or pertaining to yesterday.
Yestern (a.) Of or pertaining to yesterday; relating to the day last past.
Yesty (a.) See Yeasty.
Yew (a.) Of or pertaining to yew trees; made of the wood of a yew tree; as, a yew whipstock.
Yewen (a.) Made of yew; as, yewen bows.
Yezdegerdian (a.) Of or pertaining to Yezdegerd, the last Sassanian monarch of Persia, who
was overthrown by the Mohammedans; as, the Yezdegerdian era, which began on the 16th of
June, a. d. 632. The era is still used by the Parsees.
Yieldable (a.) Disposed to yield or comply.
Yielding (a.) Inc
Yieldless (a.) Without yielding; unyielding.
Ynough (a.) Alt. of Ynow
Ynow (a.) Enough.
Yoke-toed (a.) Having two toes in front and two behind, as the trogons and woodpeckers.
Yon (a.) At a distance, but within view; yonder.
Yond (a.) Furious; mad; angry; fierce.
Yond (a.) Yonder.
Yonder (a.) Being at a distance within view, or conceived of as within view; that or those
there; yon.
Youngish (a.) Somewhat young.
Youngling (a.) Young; youthful.
Youngly (a.) Like a young person or thing; young; youthful.
Youngthly (a.) Pertaining to, or resembling, youth; youthful.
Younker (a.) A young person; a stripling; a yonker.
Youthful (a.) Not yet mature or aged; young.
Youthful (a.) Also used figuratively.
Youthful (a.) Of or pertaining to the early part of life; suitable to early life; as, youthful days;
youthful sports.
Youthful (a.) Fresh; vigorous, as in youth.
Youthly (a.) Young; youthful.
Youthsome (a.) Youthful.
Youthy (a.) Young.
Ypsiliform (a.) Resembling the / in appearance; -- said of the germinal spot in the ripe egg at
one of the stages of fecundation.
Ypsiloid (a.) In the form of the letter Y; Y-shaped.
Ytterbic (a.) Pertaining to, or derived from, ytterbium; containing ytterbium.
Yttric (a.) Pertaining to, derived from, or containing, yttrium.
Yttriferous (a.) Bearing or containing yttrium or the allied elements; as, gadolinite is one of the
yttriferous minerals.
Yttrious (a.) Same as Yttric.
Ywar (a.) Aware; wary.
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49 Adjectives Starting with Y


Yankee Yielding Yieldless Youthly
Yarage Yellowish Ynough Youthsome
Yarnen Yeomanlike Ynow Youthy
Yarrish Yeomanly Yoke-toed Ypsiliform
Yawl-rigged Yern Yon Ypsiloid
Yeared Yerne Yond Ytterbic
Yearling Yester Yonder Yttric
Yearly Yestern Youngish Yttriferous
Yearnful Yesty Youngling Yttrious
Yeast-bitten Yew Youngly Ywar
Yeasty Yewen Youngthly
Yellow-covered Yezdegerdian Younker
Yellow-eyed Yieldable Youthful
Adjectives Starting with Y
This article focuses on those which start with the letter Y. Aside from listing out the adjectives, the meaning
and an example regarding the proper usage of the adjective are also included.
Interesting Adjectives
yankee: used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union
soldier)
a yankee soldier
yucky: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
a yucky smell
yummy: extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
yummy dishes
Positive Adjectives to Describe an Event
yearlong: lasting through a year
attending yearlong courses
yearly: occurring or payable every year
yearly medical examinations
yeasty: exuberantly creative; marked by spirited enjoyment
a yeasty show
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Place
yon: distant but within sight (`yon’ is dialectal)
yon valley
young: in an early stage of life
young child
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person
yawning: showing lack of attention or boredom
the yawning audience
yielding: tending to give in or surrender or agree; lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure
they are too yielding to make a stand against any encroachments
yokelish: (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace
yokelish youth
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place
yellowed: changed to a yellowish color by age
a yellowed parchment
Sporty Adjectives
yogic: of or relating to yoga
yogic exercises
Romantic Adjectives
youthful: suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
youthful skin
Shortest Adjectives
yon: distant but within sight (`yon’ is dialectal)
yon hills
yogic: of or relating to yoga
yogic routines
young: (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity
young corn
yucky: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
yucky task
yuman: of or relating to the language or culture of the Yuma people
yuman language
yummy: extremely pleasing to the sense of taste
yummy delicacies
yankee: used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union
soldier)
a yankee veteran
yearly: occurring or payable every year
yearly income
yeasty: exuberantly creative; marked by spirited enjoyment
a yeasty event
yelled: in a vehement outcry
his yelled words of encouragement could be heard over the crowd noises
Longest Adjectives
yugoslavian: of or relating to or characteristic of the former country of Yugoslavia or its people or languages
Yugoslavian wine
yeastlike: of or resembling or containing yeast
yeastlike texture
yellowish: of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something
resembling the color of an egg yolk
yellowish hue
yearlong: lasting through a year
attending yearlong courses
yeatsian: in the manner of William Butler Yeats
yeatsian principle
yellowed: changed to a yellowish color by age
yellowed plastic tub
yielding: tending to give in or surrender or agree
a gentle, yielding person
yogistic: of or relating to yoga
a yogistic posture
yokelish: (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace
a yokelish laugh
youngish: somewhat young
a youngishman with flaxen hair
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Adjectives Starting with M
The Shortest/ Longest Adjectives lists contain words which have the least and the most number of letters. For
the Interesting Adjectives category, the adjectives included are those which can improve the quality of your
speech and writing and make it more enjoying to read or hear. The Positive Adjective lists to Describe a
Person, Event and Place are composed of words which describe the good attributes of these types of nouns,
while the Negative Adjectives categories include descriptive words which express characteristics that are
considered bad or unfavorable.
Interesting Adjectives
mawkish: sentimental in a feeble or sickly way
– a mawkish poem
motley: incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate
– a motley crew of discontents and zealots
multitudinous: very numerous
– the tinkling of multitudinous bells from the herd
muggy: (of the weather) unpleasantly warm and humid
– muggy Friday night
myriad: countless or extremely great in number
– the myriad lights of the city
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Person
master: fulpowerful and able to control others
– behind the lace and ruffles was a masterful woman
mature: having reached an advanced stage of mental or emotional development characteristic of an adult
– a young man mature beyond his years
meek: quiet, gentle; submissive
– I used to call her Miss Mouse because she was so meek and mild.
merciful: showing or exercising mercy
– a merciful father
meticulous: showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise
– He had always been so meticulous about his appearance.
Positive Adjectives to Describe an Event
magic: wonderful; exciting
– what a magic moment
massive: exceptionally large; particularly successful or influential
– massive concert
meaningful: having a serious, important, or useful quality or purpose
– a meaningful trip
momentous: of great importance or significance, especially in its bearing on the future
– a period of momentous changes in East-West relations
mystical: of or relating to mystics or religious mysticism
– the mystical experience
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Place
magical: beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life
– magical forest
magnificent: impressively beautiful, elaborate, or extravagant; striking
– a dramatic landscape of magnificent mountains
marvelous: causing great wonder; extraordinary
– marvelous view
majestic: having or showing impressive beauty or dignity
– majestic waterfalls
mountainous: having many mountains
– a mountainous region
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person
mad: mentally ill; insane
– he felt as if he were going mad.
maladroitin: effective or bungling; clumsy
– maladroit worker
merciless: showing no mercy or pity
– the merciless killer
mousy: nervous, shy, or timid; lacking in presence or charisma
– His mousy sister had become a dynamic journalist.
muddle-headed: mentally disorganized or confused
– a muddle-headed idealist with utopian views
Negative Adjectives to Describe an Event
macabre: disturbing and horrifying because of involvement with or depiction of death and injury
– a macabre series of murders
maddening: extremely annoying; infuriating
– his maddening stories
malign: evil in nature or effect; malevolent
– malign influence
meaningless: having no purpose or reason
– The Great War was an outstanding example of meaningless conflict.
mindless: boring; so simple or repetitive as to be performed automatically without thought or skill
– The monotony of housework turns it into a mindless task.
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place
mediocre: of only moderate quality; not very good
– a mediocre school
messy: untidy or dirty
– messy room
miserable: causing someone to feel wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable
– the miserable village
morose: gloomy; sullen
– the morose house
muddy: covered in or full of mud
– muddy swamp
Heroic Adjectives
macho: showing aggressive pride in one’s masculinity
– the big macho tough guy
manly: having or denoting those good qualities traditionally associated with men, such as courage and
strength
– He is looking manly and capable.
masculine: having qualities or appearance traditionally associated with men, especially strength and
aggressiveness
– He is outstandingly handsome and robust, very masculine.
mettlesome: full of spirit and courage
– the mettlesome warriors
mighty: possessing great and impressive power or strength, especially on account of size
– the mighty protector
Sporty Adjectives
master: having or showing very great skill or proficiency
– the master bowler
masterly: performed or performing in a very skillful and accomplished way
– a masterly archer
matchless: unable to be equaled; incomparable
– the matchless swim of the Tunisian athlete
meaty: fleshy; brawny
– the tall, meaty young wrestler
muscular: having well-developed muscles
– The runner’s legs were strong and muscular.
Romantic Adjectives
matrimonial: of or relating to marriage or married people
– our matrimonial bonds
memorable: worth remembering or easily remembered, especially because of being special or unusual
– our memorable dates
mild: gentle and not easily provoked
– She was mild by nature.
moving: producing strong emotion, especially sadness or sympathy
– his moving words
mutual: experienced or done by each of two or more parties toward the other or others
– The feeling is mutual.
Shortest Adjectives
mad: roused to anger
– mad at his friend
made: produced by a manufacturing process
– made goods available at the local store
male: being the sex (of plant or animal) that produces gametes (spermatozoa) that perform the fertilizing
function in generation
– male child
main: most important element
– main goal
Manx: of or relating to the Isle of Man or its inhabitants or their language
– Manx fishing industry
many: a quantifier that can be used with count nouns and is often preceded by `as’ or `too’ or `so’ or `that’;
amounting to a large but indefinite
– many tasks
mat: not reflecting light; not glossy
– a mat finish
mid: used in combination to denote the middle
– midyear
mod: relating to a recently developed fashion or style
– mod outfit
mum: failing to speak or communicate when expected to
– Fred was mum on the subject
Longest Adjectives
maxillomandibular: relating to the upper and lower jaws
– maxillomandibular advancement
michelangelesque: – Definition: in the manner of Michelangelo
– wall frescoes in a Michelangelesque style
microcrystalline: – Definition: containing crystals that are visible only under a microscope
– microcrystalline cellulose
monocotyledonous: (of a flowering plant) having a single cotyledon in the seed as in grasses and lilies
– monocotyledonous plant
multidimensional: having or involving or marked by several dimensions or aspects
– multidimensional problems
macrencephalous: having a large brain case
– a macrocephalous male
mandibulofacial: of or relating to the lower jaw and face
– amandibulofacial malformation
mephistophelean: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
– mephistophelean origin
mephistophelian: showing the cunning or ingenuity or wickedness typical of a devil
– mephistophelian pact
microelectronic: of or relating to or consisting of miniature electronic components
– microelectronic circuit
Adjectives Starting with N
The Heroic Adjectives list consists of adjectives which are most appropriate to use in describing a
hero/heroine. For the Sporty Adjectives category, the words listed are usually used to describe a person who
is inclined to sports and similar activities. Lastly, the Romantic Adjectives list is composed of adjectives that
describe a loved one or communicate feelings of love.
Interesting Adjectives
nascent: just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential.
– the nascent space industry
nauseating: causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust; disgusting.
– the stench became nauseating
nebulous: in the form of a cloud or haze; hazy.
– a giant nebulous glow
nociceptive: painful injurious
– a nociceptive nerve pathway
nonchalant: feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm
– she gave a nonchalant shrug
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Person
nationalistic: having strong patriotic feelings
– the nationalistic politician
natty: smart and fashionable.
– a natty young professional
nice: pleasant in manner; good-natured; kind.
– he’s a really nice guy
nonjudgmental: avoiding judgments based on one’s personal and especially moral standards
– his nonjudgmental attitude
nurturing: caring
– nurturing mother
Positive Adjectives to Describe an Event
national: of or relating to a nation; common to or characteristic of a whole nation.
– this policy may have been in the national interest
nationwide: extending or reaching throughout the whole nation.
– a nationwide hunt
necessary: required to be done, achieved, or present; needed; essential.
– members are admitted only after they have gained the necessary experience
nonprofit: not making or conducted primarily to make a profit
– a nonprofit concert series
nonstop: continuing without stopping or pausing.
– a nonstop dance party
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Place
navigable: (of a waterway or sea) able to be sailed on by ships or boats.
– these waters are navigable by ordinary craft
near: located a short distance away.
– a big house in the near distance
neat: arranged in an orderly, tidy way
– a neat boutique
neighborly: characteristic of a good neighbor, especially helpful, friendly, or kind.
– neighborly community
new: not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.
– the new mansion
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person
naive: showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment
– the rather naive young man had been totally misled
nasty: behaving in an unpleasant or spiteful way.
– Harry was a nasty, foul-mouthed old devil.
naughty: disobedient; badly behaved
– you’ve been a really naughty boy
negligent: failing to take proper care in doing something
– directors have been negligent in the performance of their duties
nervous: easily agitated or alarmed; tending to be anxious; highly strung
– a sensitive, nervous person
Negative Adjectives to Describe an Event
needless: unnecessary; avoidable
– a needless discussion
negligible: so small or unimportant as to be not worth considering; insignificant
– negligible circumstance
noisy: making or given to making a lot of noise
– the noisy street party
nonsensical: having no meaning; making no sense
– a nonsensical argument
noxious: harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant
– noxious procedure
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place
narrow: (especially of something that is considerably longer or higher than it is wide) of small width.
– he made his way down the narrow road
needy: characterized by poverty
– poor children in a needy city
nippy: rather cold; chilly
– nippy mountaintop
nondescript: lacking distinctive or interesting features or characteristics
– she lived in a nondescript suburban apartment block
notorious: famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.
– Los Angeles is notorious for its smog
Heroic Adjectives
nationalistic: having strong patriotic feelings
– the hero’s nationalistic efforts
noble: having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles and ideals
– noble knight
nonbelligerent: not aggressive or engaged in a war or conflict
– nonbelligerent leader
notable: worthy of attention or notice; remarkable
– notable veteran
noteworthy: deserving attention; interesting, significant
– the commander’s noteworthy achievements
Sporty Adjectives
natural: born with a particular skill, quality, or ability.
– a natural golfer
neuromuscular: of or relating to nerves and muscles.
– neuromuscular training for adolescent athletes
nifty: particularly good, skillful, or effective.
– nifty footwork
nimble: quick and light in movement or action; agile.
– with a deft motion of her nimble fingers
nutritious: nourishing; efficient as food.
– the player’s nutritious diet
Romantic Adjectives
nubile: sexually attractive
– a nubile young lady
newfound: recently found or discovered.
– a newfound love interest
nuts: feeling affection or love for someone or something
– I’m nuts about you.
naked: undisguised; blatant
– his naked affection
natty: smart and fashionable
– her natty dress
Shortest Adjectives
no: (quantifier) used with either mass nouns or plural count nouns for indicating a complete or almost
complete lack or zero quantity of
– we have no bananas
nee: (meaning literally `born’) used to indicate the maiden or family name of a married woman
– Hillary Clinton nee Rodham
neo: (used as a combining form) recent or new
– `neo’ is a combining form in words like `neocolonialism’
net: conclusive in a process or progression
– his net answer
new: not existing before; made, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time.
– new crop varieties
nth: last or greatest in an indefinitely large series
– to the nth degree
naif: marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience
– the teenager’s naïf ignorance of life
nary: (used with singular count nouns) colloquial for `not a’ or `not one’ or `never a’
– heard nary a sound
near: located a short distance away
– the school is located near the park
Longest Adjectives
noninstitutionalised: not committed to an institution
– noninstitutionalised population
noninstitutionalized: not committed to an institution
– noninstitutionalized adults
nonrepresentational: of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical
nature
– nonrepresentational piece of art
neurophysiological: of or concerned with neurophysiology
– neurophysiological assessment
neuropsychological: of or concerned with neuropsychology
– neuropsychological testing
noninterchangeable: such that the terms of an expression cannot be interchanged without changing the
meaning
– Designs of superiority and noninferiority trials for binary responses are noninterchangeable.
nonprognosticative: not offering prognostications
– a nonprognosticative number to test
nondenominational: not restricted to a particular religious denomination
– a nondenominational church
nonphotosynthetic: not photosynthetic
– nonphotosynthetic plant
nonrepresentative: not standing for something else
– a nonrepresentative speaker

Adjectives Starting with X


This article focuses on those which start with the letter X. Aside from listing out the adjectives, the meaning
and an example regarding the proper usage of the adjective are also included.
Interesting Adjectives
xenogeneic: denoting or relating to cells or tissues from individuals belonging to different species
xenogeneic cell therapy
xerophytic: adapted to a xeric (or dry) environment
cacti are xerophytic plants
xanthous: of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something
resembling the color of an egg yolk
xanthous armor
xylotomous: capable of cutting or boring into wood
xylotomous bird
xiphophyllous: having sword-shaped leaves
xiphophyllous tree
Positive Adjectives to Describe a Person
xenial: relating to hospitality between host and guest
a xenial community
xenodochial: friendly to strangers
xenodochial owner
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person
xenophobic: suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign
a xenophobic person
Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place
xeric: being deficient in moisture
deserts provide xeric environments
xerothermic: dry and hot
xerothermic grassland
Longest Adjectives
xerographic: of or relating to xerography
a xerographic paper
xenogeneic: denoting or relating to cells or tissues from individuals belonging to different species
xenogeneic transplantation
xenophobic: suffering from xenophobia; having abnormal fear or hatred of the strange or foreign
xenophobic child
xerophytic: adapted to a xeric (or dry) environment
xerophytic adaptations
xanthous: of the color intermediate between green and orange in the color spectrum; of something
resembling the color of an egg yolk
xanthous crown
xeric: being deficient in moisture
xeric habitat