Words that start with J

Lists of words starting with J including those most commonly written / spoken, definitions, part of speech, and a very long list arranged by word length. Also includes countries that start with J, household items that begin with J, and more. Skip to the section you’re interested in by using the Table Of Contents, or scroll down to see more j words.

Most common / frequently used words that begin with J:

Top 10 most common written words ordered by frequency:
just john journal james job justice january judgment judge jack

Common written words in alphabetic order:
jack james january job john journal judge judgment just justice

Top 20 most common spoken J words by frequency:
just Jesus job john juice jerk jet judge jill jump jenny june joy join jury jim jeff jacob junk jumping

Glossary with part of speech and definition for the top 150 or so most frequently used J words:

jab noun a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
jabber noun rapid and indistinct speech
jabberwocky noun nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
jabot noun a ruffle on the front of a woman’s blouse or a man’s shirt
jacamar noun tropical American insectivorous bird having a long sharp bill and iridescent green or bronze plumage
jack noun a small worthless amount
jackal noun Old World nocturnal canine mammal closely related to the dog; smaller than a wolf; sometimes hunts in a pack but usually singly or as a member of a pair
jackdaw noun common black-and-grey Eurasian bird noted for thievery
jacket noun a short coat
jackfruit noun East Indian tree cultivated for its immense edible fruit and seeds
jackrabbit noun large hare of western North America
jacks noun a game in which jackstones are thrown and picked up in various groups between bounces of a small rubber ball
jackscrew noun screw-operated jack
jacksnipe noun a small short-billed Old World snipe
jackstraw noun a thin strip of wood used in playing the game of jackstraws
jackstraws noun a game in which players try to pick each jackstraw (or spillikin) off of a pile without moving any of the others
jaconet noun a lightweight cotton cloth with a smooth and slightly stiff finish; used for clothing and bandages
jade noun a semiprecious gemstone that takes a high polish; is usually green but sometimes whitish; consists of jadeite or nephrite
jadeite noun a hard green mineral consisting of sodium aluminum silicate in monoclinic crystalline form; a source of jade; found principally in Burma
jaeger noun rapacious seabird that pursues weaker birds to make them drop their prey
jag noun a sharp projection on an edge or surface
jaggery noun unrefined brown sugar made from palm sap
jaguar noun a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis
jaguarundi noun long-bodied long-tailed tropical American wildcat
jail noun a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
jam noun preserve of crushed fruit
jamb noun upright consisting of a vertical side member of a door or window frame
jambalaya noun spicy Creole dish of rice and ham, sausage, chicken, or shellfish with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and celery
janitor noun someone employed to clean and maintain a building
japonica noun greenhouse shrub with glossy green leaves and showy fragrant rose-like flowers; cultivated in many varieties
jar noun a vessel (usually cylindrical) with a wide mouth and without handles
jasmine noun any of several shrubs and vines of the genus Jasminum chiefly native to Asia
jasper noun an opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
jaundice noun yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood; can be a symptom of gallstones or liver infection or anemia
jauntily adverb in a jaunty fashionable manner
javelin noun an athletic competition in which a javelin is thrown as far as possible
jaw noun the part of the skull of a vertebrate that frames the mouth and holds the teeth
jawbreaker noun a large round hard candy
jaywalk verb cross the road at a red light
jazzy adjective resembling jazz (especially in its rhythm)
jealousy noun a feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)
jean noun (usually plural) close-fitting trousers of heavy denim for manual work or casual wear
jeep noun a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain
jeer noun showing your contempt by derision
jejunum noun the part of the small intestine between the duodenum and the ileum
jell verb become gelatinous
jellaba noun a loose cloak with a hood; worn in the Middle East and northern Africa
jennet noun female donkey
jerboa noun mouselike jumping rodent
jeremiad noun a long and mournful complaint
jerk noun a dull stupid fatuous person
jerkin noun a tight sleeveless and collarless jacket (often made of leather) worn by men in former times
jerkwater adjective small and remote and insignificant
jerky noun meat (especially beef) cut in strips and dried in the sun
jester noun a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
jet noun an airplane powered by one or more jet engines
jetliner noun a large jet plane that carries passengers
jetsam noun the part of a ship’s equipment or cargo that is thrown overboard to lighten the load in a storm
jettison verb throw away, of something encumbering
jib noun any triangular fore-and-aft sail (set forward of the foremast)
jibboom noun a spar that extends the bowsprit
jig noun music in three-four time for dancing a jig
jihad noun a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
jilt noun a woman who jilts a lover
jimmy noun a short crowbar
jimsonweed noun intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
jingle noun a metallic sound
jinrikisha noun a small two-wheeled cart for one passenger; pulled by one person
jitter noun small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources
jitterbug noun a jerky American dance that was popular in the 1940s
jitters noun extreme nervousness
jittery adjective characterized by jerky movements
jobber noun someone who buys large quantities of goods and resells to merchants rather than to the ultimate customers
jobbery noun corruptness among public officials
jobcentre noun a government office in a town where information about available jobs is displayed and where unemployment benefits are administered
jobholder noun an employee who holds a regular job
jockey noun someone employed to ride horses in horse races
jocosity noun fun characterized by humor
jocundity noun a feeling facetious merriment
jodhpur noun a short riding boot that fastens with a buckle at the side
jodhpurs noun flared trousers ending at the calves; worn with riding boots
jog noun a sharp change in direction
johnnycake noun cornbread usually cooked pancake-style on a griddle (chiefly New England)
joiner noun a person who likes to join groups
joinery noun fine woodwork done by a joiner
joint noun (anatomy) the point of connection between two bones or elements of a skeleton (especially if it allows motion)
jointer noun a long carpenter’s plane used to shape the edges of boards so they will fit together
jointly adverb in collaboration or cooperation
jointure noun (law) an estate secured to a prospective wife as a marriage settlement in lieu of a dower
joist noun beam used to support floors or roofs
joke noun a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
joker noun a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes
jollity noun feeling jolly and jovial and full of good humor
jolly noun a happy party
jolt noun a sudden jarring impact
jonquil noun widely cultivated ornamental plant native to southern Europe but naturalized elsewhere having fragrant yellow or white clustered flowers
jorum noun a large drinking bowl
joss noun a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
jostle noun the act of jostling (forcing your way by pushing)
jotter noun a small notebook for rough notes
jotting noun a brief (and hurriedly handwritten) note
joule noun a unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second
journalese noun the style in which newspapers are written
journalism noun newspapers and magazines collectively
journalist noun a writer for newspapers and magazines
journalistic adjective of or relating to or having the characteristics of journalism
journey noun the act of traveling from one place to another
joust noun a combat between two mounted knights tilting against each other with blunted lances
joy noun the emotion of great happiness
joyful adjective full of or producing joy
joyless adjective not experiencing or inspiring joy
joyous adjective full of or characterized by joy
jubilate verb celebrate a jubilee
jubilee noun a special anniversary (or the celebration of it)
judge noun a public official authorized to decide questions brought before a court of justice
judgeship noun the position of judge
judgment noun an opinion formed by judging something
judicial adjective decreed by or proceeding from a court of justice
judiciary noun persons who administer justice
judicious adjective marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters
judo noun a sport adapted from jujitsu (using principles of not resisting) and similar to wrestling; developed in Japan
jug noun a large bottle with a narrow mouth
juggernaut noun a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
juggle noun the act of rearranging things to give a misleading impression
juggler noun a performer who juggles objects and performs tricks of manual dexterity
jugglery noun artful trickery designed to achieve an end
juice noun the liquid part that can be extracted from plant or animal tissue by squeezing or cooking
juicy adjective full of juice
juju noun the power associated with a juju
jujube noun spiny tree having dark red edible fruits
jujutsu noun a method of self-defense without weapons that was developed in China and Japan; holds and blows are supplemented by clever use of the attacker’s own weight and strength
juke noun a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox
jukebox noun a cabinet containing an automatic record player; records are played by inserting a coin
julep noun bourbon and sugar and mint over crushed ice
julienne noun a vegetable cut into thin strips (usually used as a garnish)
jump noun a sudden and decisive increase
jumper noun a person who jumps
junco noun small North American finch seen chiefly in winter
junction noun the place where two or more things come together
juncture noun an event that occurs at a critical time
jungle noun a location marked by an intense competition and struggle for survival
jungly adjective overgrown with tropical vegetation
junior noun term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male
junket noun dessert made of sweetened milk coagulated with rennet
junkyard noun a field where junk is collected and stored for resale
jural adjective of or relating to law or to legal rights and obligations
juridical adjective of or relating to the law or jurisprudence
jurisprudence noun the branch of philosophy concerned with the law and the principles that lead courts to make the decisions they do
jurist noun a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations
juror noun someone who serves (or waits to be called to serve) on a jury
jury noun a body of citizens sworn to give a true verdict according to the evidence presented in a court of law
just adjective used especially of what is legally or ethically right or proper or fitting; – A.Lincoln
justice noun the quality of being just or fair
justiciar noun formerly a high judicial officer
justifiable adjective capable of being justified
justification noun something (such as a fact or circumstance) that shows an action to be reasonable or necessary
justify verb show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for
justness noun conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
jute noun a plant fiber used in making rope or sacks
juvenescence noun the process of growing into a youth
juvenile noun a young person, not fully developed
juxtapose verb place side by side
juxtaposition noun the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the longest J word and how many letters does it have in it?
A: The word jungermanniaceous is 17 letters long.

Q: What is the shortest word that starts with J?
A: The word “Jo” is just two letters long.

Q: What countries start with the letter J?
A: Jamaica, Japan, Jordan.

Q: What are some household items / things / objects that start with ?
A: jar, jigsaw, jug, juicer

More complete list, by word length:

2 letter words beginning with j:

ja jo

3 letter words beginning with j:

jab jad jag jam jar jaw jay jed jet jib jig jiz job jog jot joy jug jus jut

4 letter words beginning with j:

jack jacu jade jady jagg jail jaks jamb jane jape jarl jarp jasz jato jaws jazy jazz jean jeat jeep jeer jefe jell jerk jerm jess jest jibb jibe jill jilt jink jinn jinx jiva jive jivy jock joey jogs john join joke jolt jook josh joss jota jour jovy jowl

jows juba jube judo juju juke jump junk jura jury just jute

5 letter words beginning with j:

jabot jacal jacko jacks jaded jaggy jakes jalap james janes japan jarls jarvy jaunt jaups jazzy jeans jebel jeeps jehad jelly jemmy jenny jerid jerky jerry jeton jetty jiffy jihad jimbo jimmy jingo jinni jocko joint joist joker joles jolly jolty jorum jougs joule joust jowpy judge jugal jugum juice juicy

julep jumbo jumpy junco junta junto jupon jural jurat jurel juror jutty

6 letter words beginning with j:

jabber jabers jabiru jabots jacals jackal jacket jaeger jagged jaguar jailer jailor jalopy jamnut jampan jandal jangar jangle jantee japans japped jarana jarble jargon jarool jarret jarvey jarvie jasies jasper jassid jatoba jaunts jaunty jaygee jeanne jeeing jeelie jejune jelick jemima jenkin jennet jerboa jerkin jerque jersey jested jester jetsam jetson

jetton jharal jibber jibman jiggit jiggle jigsaw jingal jingle jinkle jinxed jinxes jirgah jitney jitter jobber jobing jockey jocose jocuma jocund jodels joggle johnny joiner jointy jokish jolled jostle jotter jouled jounce jovial joyful joyous jubbah judoka jueces jugals jugate jugger juggle juglar jujube juloid jumada jumbal jumble jumper jungle jungly junior junket

junkie jurara jurist justle justly

7 letter words beginning with j:

jacamar jacanas jacatoo jacinth jackass jackdaw jackeen jacking jackleg jackpot jacksaw jacobus jaconet jadeite jaggery jaghirs jagrata jambeau jambuls jamdani jamwood jangler janitor janizar january jarfuls jargoon jasmine javelin jawbone jawfeet jayvees jaywalk jazzbow jazzman jealous jedcock jedding jeelied jeepers jeeping jeerers jejunum jellaba jellied jellies jellify jellily jemadar jerkers jerkies

jerreed jesting jetfuls jetport jettied jetware jibboom jibstay jicamas jigaboo jigging jiggish jillion jimjams jimminy jirbled jitters jittery joannes jobbery jobless jocular jodhpur joeboat joinder joinery jointed jointer jointly jollied jollies jollify jollity jollyer joltily jonquil jornada jotting joubarb journal journey joyance joyless joypops joyrode jubhahs jubilee judaize juddock judices jugging juggins juggler jughead jugular jujitsu jujutsu jukebox jumbled

jumbuck jundies junglis juniper junkman jurants juryman jussive justice justify justler juvenal

8 letter words beginning with j:

jabbling jacitara jackboot jackeens jackeroo jackfish jackshay jackstay jacquard jactance jactivus jailbird jalousie jambones jamboree jamdanee jamesian jaminder janglier japonica jarosite jaspered jasponyx jaundice jauntily jawboned jazerant jealousy jedburgh jehovist jeopardy jeremiad jeroboam jestbook jetliner jettison jimsedge jingoism jinniyeh jipijapa jitneuse jiujitsu jocosity jodhpurs johannes jointage jointure jokester jolleyer jolloped jongleur

jotation jouncing journals journeys jubartas jubilant jubilate judgment judgship judicial jugglery juggling jugoslav jugulate julienne jumbling jumboize jumpoffs jumpseed junction juncture jundying junkyard juratory juristic jurymast justices justling justness juvenile

9 letter words beginning with j:

jaborandi jacaranda jackaroos jackfruit jackknife jacklight jackscrew jackshaft jacksmelt jacksnipe jackstraw jacquerie jactation jaculated jagannath jailbreak jaileress jailhouse jalousied jambalaya jambokked jamestown jampacked janitress jargonise jargonize jasperous jaundiced jaywalked jazziness jellybean jellyfish jellyleaf jeoparder jequirity jeremiads jerkwater jeroboams jessamine jestingly jetliners jetplanes jinglebob jingliest jinnestan jitterbug jiujitsus jobberies jobcentre jobholder jobmaster

jockeydom jockeying jockeyish jockstrap jocundity johannite joiningly jointless jointress jointworm jolliness jollyings jordanite joshingly joviality judgeable judgeship judicable judicator judiciary judicious jugginses juicehead juliennes jumpsuits junglegym juniority junketers juramenta juridical jurywoman justicial justiciar justicoat justifier justinian juvenilia juxtapose

10 letter words beginning with j:

jackanapes jackbooted jackhammer jackrabbit jackstraws jacquemart jaguarundi jambonneau japaconine jardiniere jawbreaker jejunotomy jeopardize jeopardous jetstreams jettaturas jimpnesses jimsonweed jinglingly jinrikisha jockstraps jocktelegs jocularity joculatory johnnycake joltheaded jouisances journalese journalish journalism journalist journalize journeyman joyousness joypoppers jubilarian jubilation jubilatory judicatory judicature juggernaut jugulating jumblement jumblingly juncaceous junctional juniorship justiciary juvenility

11 letter words beginning with j:

jabberwocky jackhammers jacklighter jactitation jamahiriyas jateorhizin jellyfishes jeopardying jigajogging journalises journalisms journalling journeycake journeywork jouysaunces jovinianist judgemental judgmatical jumhouriyas jumpmasters junketeered juridically justiceship justiciable justifiable juvenescent juxtamarine

12 letter words beginning with j:

jinglejangle jinrickshaws journalising journalistic journeywoman jovialnesses judgmentally judicatories jurisconsult jurisdiction jurisprudent justificator juvenescence juvenilities

13 letter words beginning with j:

jackrabbiting jellylikeness jocoseriosity jollification juglandaceous jurisprudence jurisprudents justiciarship justification justificatory juxtaposition

14 letter words beginning with j:

justiciaryship justifications

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17 letter words beginning with j:


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