Words that start with K

Lists of words starting with K 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 K, household items that begin with K, and more. Skip to the section you’re interested in by using the Table Of Contents, or scroll down to see more k words.

Most common / frequently used words that begin with K:

Ordered by frequency (written):
know known knew kind knowledge keep kept king key knowing

In alphabetic order (written):
keep kept key kind king knew know knowing knowledge known

Top 20 most common (spoken) K words by frequency:
know kind kinda keep knew kids kept kay kid knows kinds kick knee keeps kidding kitchen keeping knowledge kentucky knees

Glossary with part of speech and definition for the top 200 or so most frequently used K words:

kabob noun cubes of meat marinated and cooked on a skewer usually with vegetables
kachina noun a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
kaffiyeh noun an Arab headdress consisting of a square piece of cloth folded into a triangle and fastened over the crown by an agal
kainite noun a white mineral consisting of magnesium sulphate and potassium chloride; a source of potassium salts; used as a fertilizer
kaleidoscope noun a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
kaleidoscopic adjective continually shifting or rapidly changing
kalmia noun any plant of the genus Kalmia
kamikaze noun a fighter plane used for suicide missions by Japanese pilots in World War II
kampong noun a native village in Malaysia
kangaroo noun any of several herbivorous leaping marsupials of Australia and New Guinea having large powerful hind legs and a long thick tail
kanzu noun (Swahili) a long garment (usually white) with long sleeves; worn by men in East Africa
kaolinite noun a mineral consisting of aluminum silicate; main source of kaolin
kaon noun an unstable meson produced as the result of a high-energy particle collision
kapok noun a plant fiber from the kapok tree; used for stuffing and insulation
kappa noun the 10th letter of the Greek alphabet
karat noun the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold
karate noun a traditional Japanese system of unarmed combat; sharp blows and kicks are given to pressure-sensitive points on the body of the opponent
karma noun (Hinduism and Buddhism) the effects of a person’s actions that determine his destiny in his next incarnation
karyokinesis noun organic process consisting of the division of the nucleus of a cell during mitosis or meiosis
karyotype noun the appearance of the chromosomal makeup of a somatic cell in an individual or species (including the number and arrangement and size and structure of the chromosomes)
kasha noun boiled or baked buckwheat
kat noun the leaves of the shrub Catha edulis which are chewed like tobacco or used to make tea; has the effect of a euphoric stimulant
katabatic adjective of an air current or wind; moving downward or down a slope because of cooling especially at night
katydid noun large green long-horned grasshopper of North America; males produce shrill sounds by rubbing together special organs on the forewings
kauri noun resin of the kauri trees of New Zealand; found usually as a fossil; also collected for making varnishes and linoleum
kava noun an alcoholic drink made from the aromatic roots of the kava shrub
kayak noun a small canoe consisting of a light frame made watertight with animal skins; used by Eskimos
kazoo noun a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece
kea noun large brownish-green New Zealand parrot
kedgeree noun a dish of rice and hard-boiled eggs and cooked flaked fish
keel noun a projection or ridge that suggests a keel
keelboat noun river boat with a shallow draught and a keel but no sails; used to carry freight; moved by rowing or punting or towing
keelson noun a longitudinal beam connected to the keel of ship to strengthen it
keen noun a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
keeper noun someone in charge of other people
keeping noun conformity or harmony
keepsake noun something of sentimental value
keeshond noun a spitz-like dog having a shaggy greyish coat and tightly curled tail originating in Holland
keg noun the quantity contained in a keg
keloid noun raised pinkish scar tissue at the site of an injury; results from excessive tissue repair
kelp noun large brown seaweeds having fluted leathery fronds
kenaf noun fiber from an East Indian plant Hibiscus cannabinus
kennel noun outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog
kenning noun conventional metaphoric name for something, used especially in Old English and Old Norse poetry
kepi noun a cap with a flat circular top and a visor
keratin noun a fibrous scleroprotein that occurs in the outer layer of the skin and in horny tissues such as hair, feathers, nails, and hooves
keratitis noun inflammation of the cornea causing watery painful eyes and blurred vision
keratoplasty noun a surgical procedure in which part or all of a damaged or diseased cornea is replaced by healthy corneal tissue from a donor
keratosis noun a skin condition marked by an overgrowth of layers of horny skin
kerchief noun a square scarf that is folded into a triangle and worn over the head or about the neck
kernel noun the inner and usually edible part of a seed or grain or nut or fruit stone
kernicterus noun an abnormal accumulation of bile pigment in the brain and other nerve tissue; causes yellow staining and tissue damage
kerosene noun a flammable hydrocarbon oil used as fuel in lamps and heaters
kerygma noun preaching the gospel of Christ in the manner of the early church
ketch noun a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost
ketone noun any of a class of organic compounds having a carbonyl group linked to a carbon atom in each of two hydrocarbon radicals
ketonuria noun excessive amounts of ketone bodies in the urine as in diabetes mellitus or starvation
ketose noun any monosaccharide sugar that contains a ketone group or its hemiacetal
kettle noun a metal pot for stewing or boiling; usually has a lid
key noun metal device shaped in such a way that when it is inserted into the appropriate lock the lock’s mechanism can be rotated
keyboard noun device consisting of a set of keys on a piano or organ or typewriter or typesetting machine or computer or the like
keyhole noun the hole where a key is inserted
keynote noun the principal theme in a speech or literary work
keystroke noun the stroke of a key; one depression of a key on a keyboard
khaki noun a sturdy twilled cloth of a yellowish brown color used especially for military uniforms
khamsin noun an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
khan noun a title given to rulers or other important people in Asian countries
khanate noun the realm of a khan
kiang noun wild ass of Tibet and Mongolia
kibble noun coarsely ground grain in the form of pellets (as for pet food)
kibbutz noun a collective farm or settlement owned by its members in modern Israel; children are reared collectively
kibbutznik noun a member of a kibbutz
kibe noun ulcerated chilblain on the heel
kibitz verb make unwanted and intrusive comments
kibitzer noun (Yiddish) a meddler who offers unwanted advice to others
kick noun the act of delivering a blow with the foot
kickback noun a commercial bribe paid by a seller to a purchasing agent in order to induce the agent to enter into the transaction
kicker noun a player who kicks the football
kickoff noun (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
kickstand noun a swiveling metal rod attached to a bicycle or motorcycle or other two-wheeled vehicle; the rod lies horizontally when not in use but can be kicked into a vertical position as a support to hold the vehicle upright when it is not being ridden
kiddy noun a young child
kidnap verb take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
kidney noun either of two bean-shaped excretory organs that filter wastes (especially urea) from the blood and excrete them and water in urine
kike noun (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Jew
kilderkin noun an obsolete British unit of capacity equal to 18 Imperial gallons
killdeer noun American plover of inland waters and fields having a distinctive cry
killer noun someone who causes the death of a person or animal
killifish noun small mostly marine warm-water carp-like schooling fishes; used as bait or aquarium fishes or in mosquito control
killing noun an event that causes someone to die
kiln noun a furnace for firing or burning or drying such things as porcelain or bricks
kilogram noun one thousand grams; the basic unit of mass adopted under the Systeme International d’Unites
kilohertz noun one thousand periods per second
kiloliter noun a metric unit of volume or capacity equal to 1000 liters
kilometer noun a metric unit of length equal to 1000 meters (or 0.621371 miles)
kiloton noun one thousand tons
kilovolt noun a unit of potential equal to a thousand volts
kilowatt noun a unit of power equal to 1000 watts
kilt noun a knee-length pleated tartan skirt worn by men as part of the traditional dress in the Highlands of northern Scotland
kilter noun in working order
kimberlite noun a rare type of peridotite that sometimes contains diamonds; found in South Africa and Siberia
kimono noun a loose robe; imitated from robes originally worn by Japanese
kin noun a person having kinship with another or others
kinase noun an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of a proenzyme to an active enzyme
kind noun a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
kindergarten noun a preschool for children age 4 to 6 to prepare them for primary school
kindhearted adjective having or proceeding from an innately kind disposition
kindle verb catch fire
kindliness noun friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition
kindling noun material for starting a fire
kindness noun the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic
kinematics noun the branch of mechanics concerned with motion without reference to force or mass
kinescope noun a cathode-ray tube in a television receiver; translates the received signal into a picture on a luminescent screen
kinesiology noun the branch of physiology that studies the mechanics and anatomy in relation to human movement
kinesthesia noun the perception of body position and movement and muscular tensions etc
kinesthesis noun the ability to feel movements of the limbs and body
kinetic adjective relating to the motion of material bodies and the forces associated therewith
king noun a male sovereign; ruler of a kingdom
kingbird noun large American flycatcher
kingdom noun a domain in which something is dominant
kingfish noun the lean flesh of any of several fish caught off the Atlantic coast of the United States
kingfisher noun nonpasserine large-headed bird with a short tail and long sharp bill; usually crested and bright-colored; feed mostly on fish
kinglet noun small birds resembling warblers but having some of the habits of titmice
kingly adjective having the rank of or resembling or befitting a king
kingpin noun the most important person in a group or undertaking
kingship noun the dignity or rank or position of a king
kingwood noun handsome violet-streaked wood of the kingwood tree; used especially in cabinetwork
kinin noun any of a class of plant hormones that promote cell division and delay the senescence of leaves
kinkajou noun arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
kinky adjective (used of sexual behavior) showing or appealing to bizarre or deviant tastes
kino noun a gum obtained from various tropical plants; used as an astringent and in tanning
kinsman noun a male relative
kinswoman noun a female relative
kip noun sleep
kipper noun salted and smoked herring
kirk noun a Scottish church
kirtle noun a garment resembling a tunic that was worn by men in the Middle Ages
kismet noun (Islam) the will of Allah
kiss noun the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
kisser noun someone who kisses
kit noun a case for containing a set of articles
kitchen noun a room equipped for preparing meals
kitchenette noun small kitchen
kitchenware noun hardware utensils for use in a kitchen
kite noun a bank check that has been fraudulently altered to increase its face value
kith noun your friends and acquaintances
kitsch noun excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste
kitten noun young domestic cat
kittenish adjective playful like a lively kitten
kittiwake noun small pearl-grey gull of northern regions; nests on cliffs and has a rudimentary hind toe
klaxon noun a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
klebsiella noun a genus of nonmotile rod-shaped Gram-negative enterobacteria; some cause respiratory and other infections
kleptomania noun an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
klutz noun (Yiddish) a clumsy dolt
klystron noun an electron tube used to generate or amplify electromagnetic radiation in the microwave region by velocity modulation
knacker noun someone who buys old buildings or ships and breaks them up to recover the materials in them
knackered adjective very tired
knapweed noun any of various plants of the genus Centaurea having purple thistlelike flowers
knead verb make uniform
knee noun hinge joint in the human leg connecting the tibia and fibula with the femur and protected in front by the patella
kneel noun supporting yourself on your knees
knell noun the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
knickknack noun a small inexpensive mass-produced article
knife noun edge tool used as a cutting instrument; has a pointed blade with a sharp edge and a handle
knight noun originally a person of noble birth trained to arms and chivalry; today in Great Britain a person honored by the sovereign for personal merit
knighthood noun aristocrats holding the rank of knight
knish noun (Yiddish) a baked or fried turnover filled with potato or meat or cheese; often eaten as a snack
knit noun a fabric made by knitting
knitwear noun knitted clothing
knob noun a circular rounded projection or protuberance
knobby adjective having knobs
knobkerrie noun a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa
knock noun the sound of knocking (as on a door or in an engine or bearing)
knockabout noun a sloop with a simplified rig and no bowsprit
knocker noun (Yiddish) a big shot who knows it and acts that way; a boastful immoderate person
knoll noun a small natural hill
knot noun a tight cluster of people or things
knotgrass noun low-growing weedy grass with spikelets along the leaf stems
knothole noun a hole in a board where a knot came out
knout noun a whip with a lash of leather thongs twisted with wire; used for flogging prisoners
know noun the fact of being aware of information that is known to few people
knowable adjective capable of being known
knowing noun a clear and certain mental apprehension
knuckle noun a joint of a finger when the fist is closed
koala noun sluggish tailless Australian arboreal marsupial with grey furry ears and coat; feeds on eucalyptus leaves and bark
koan noun a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
kob noun an orange-brown antelope of southeast Africa
kohl noun a cosmetic preparation used by women in Egypt and Arabia to darken the edges of their eyelids
kohlrabi noun plant cultivated for its enlarged fleshy turnip-shaped edible stem
kola noun tree bearing large brown nuts containing e.g. caffeine; source of cola extract
kolkhoz noun a collective farm owned by the communist state
kook noun someone regarded as eccentric or crazy and standing out from a group
kookaburra noun Australian kingfisher having a loud cackling cry
kopje noun a small hill rising up from the African veld
koruna noun the basic unit of money in Slovakia
kos noun (in India) a unit of length having different values in different localities
kosher noun food that fulfills the requirements of Jewish dietary law
koto noun Japanese stringed instrument that resembles a zither; has a rectangular wooden sounding board and usually 13 silk strings that are plucked with the fingers
kowtow noun a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
kraal noun a village of huts for native Africans in southern Africa; usually surrounded by a stockade
kraft noun strong wrapping paper made from pulp processed with a sulfur solution
krait noun brightly colored venomous but nonaggressive snake of southeastern Asia and Malay peninsula
krill noun shrimp-like planktonic crustaceans; major source of food for e.g. baleen whales
kris noun a Malayan dagger with a wavy blade
kroon noun the basic unit of money in Estonia
krypton noun a colorless element that is one of the six inert gasses; occurs in trace amounts in air
kudu noun either of two spiral-horned antelopes of the African bush
kumquat noun any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella bearing small orange-colored edible fruits with thick sweet-flavored skin and sour pulp
kurrajong noun widely distributed tree of eastern Australia yielding a tough durable fiber and soft light attractively grained wood; foliage is an important emergency food for cattle
kurus noun 100 kurus equal 1 lira in Turkey
kvass noun fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
kwanza noun the basic unit of money in Angola
kyanite noun a grey or greenish-blue mineral consisting of aluminum silicate in crystalline form; occurs in metaphoric rock, used as a refractory
kyat noun the basic unit of money in Myanmar
kylix noun a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece
kymograph noun scientific instrument consisting of a rotating drum holding paper on which a stylus traces a continuous record (as of breathing or blood pressure)
kyphosis noun an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the longest K word and how many letters does it have in it?
A: The word knowledgeablenesses is 19 letters long.

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

Q: What countries start with the letter K?
A: Kazakstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan.

Q: What are some household items / things / objects that start with K?
A: keys, Kilz paint primer, knife, knife sharpener

K words by number of letters:

More complete list, by word length:

2 letter words beginning with k:


3 letter words beginning with k:

kab kae kat kay kea ked kef keg ken kep kex key khu kid kif kin kip kit koa kob kop kor kos kra

4 letter words beginning with k:

kadi kafs kago kagu kaif kaik kail kain kaka kaki kale kali kame kami kana kaon kaph kara kasm kath kava kayo kcal keat keck keef keek keel keen keep kelp kelt keno kepi kept kerb kerf kern kero kers kesh keys khan khat khot kibe kick kief kiel kier kike

kild kill kiln kilo kilt kind kine king kink kino kins kirk kish kiss kist kite kith kiva kiwi kmet knap knar knee knet knew knez knit knob knop knot know knur knut koan koel kohl kola kolo kond kong kook koph kops koto kris krna kroo kudu kunk kyat kyle kyus

5 letter words beginning with k:

kabob kaiak kaies kaifs kaing kalif kalon kalpa kamao kamas kamik kanji kanzu kapok kappa kaput karat karch karen karma karns karst kasha kauri kaury kayak kazoo kebab kedge keeks keleh kelia kelly kenaf kendo kerch kerel kesar ketch keten ketol kette kevel kexes khaki kheda khmer kiang kibei kiddy kimbo

kinin kinky kiosk kitar kitty klong kloof klutz kmole knack knave knead kneel knell knelt knife knish knock knoll knots knout known knurl knuth koala koine kooky kopje korma kotal kotos kraal kraft krait krans krebs kreil krill kriss krona krone kroon kubba kudos kukri kulak kumys kurus kvass kyats kylix kyloe kyoto

6 letter words beginning with k:

kabuki kaftan kaiaks kaikai kairin kaiser kakapo kalian kalmia kalong kalpak kamala kameel kamiks kanagi kanehs kangas kannen kanses kantar kaolin kaputt karate kareau kaross karris kasher katana kathal kauris kayoed keavie kebbie keckle keddah kedged keened keeper kegler keight keleps kelleg kellet keloid kelpie kelson kelter keltie kembos kennel kentes

kenyte keraci kermes kermis kerned kernel kersey ketene ketone ketose kettle kewpie keyage keying keypal keyway khadis khalal khalif kharif khedah khulda kibbeh kibble kibitz kiblah kibosh kicker kidang kiddie kidnap kidney killer kilter kimono kinase kinbot kindle kindly kingly kinker kinura kipage kippen kipper kirbeh kirmew kirtle kishke kismat kismet kissar kisser kitman kitsch kitten kittle klaxon klepht

kluged knaurs knawel knight knives knobby knotty knouts knowes knurly knutty kobang kobold kohens kolsun koodoo kookri kopeck korona koruna kosher kotuku koumis kowtow kraken kuchen kudize kukang kulaki kumiss kuvasz kwanza kyanol kyloes

7 letter words beginning with k:

kacchas kachina kaddish kainite kairine kaitaka kalasie kalends kampong kamseen kanaima kanakas kantars karagan karakul karstic karters kashmir katydid kayward keckled kedlock keelson keening keeping keffels kegeler kegling keister keitloa kembing kennell kenning kenosis kentish kenyans keramic keratin kerbing kernite kerseys kerygma kestrel ketchup ketoses ketosis kettrin keyhole keyline keynote kgotlas

khaddar khahoon khamsin khanate khankah khedive khotbah kibbitz kibbles kibbutz kibitka kickoff kidcote kidding kidlets kidskin killcow killeen killese killick killing killjoy kiloton kimonos kinboot kindles kindred kinemas kinepox kinetic kinetin kinfolk kingcob kingcup kingdom kinglet kingpin kinkled kinship kinsman kirbies kirkman kirmess kismats kisting kitchen kithara kittled klipdas klismos kludged knacker knapped knapper knavery knavish kneecap kneepad

kneepan knifers knifing knishes knitted knocker knolled knopite knotted knowing knubbly knuckle knurled kodaker kokanee kolkhoz komatik konking konning kowtows kraaled kranzes kreteks kreuzer krimmer kruller krypton kumquat kunzite kurbash kurgans kursaal kwatuma kwazoku kyanite kyanize kylices

8 letter words beginning with k:

kadishim kaffiyeh kailyard kakemono kaleyard kamacite kameezes kamikaze kangaroo kantians kaoliang karyotin katakana katalyst katcinas kazachok kecksies kedgeree keelboat keelhaul keelings keepsake keeshond keffiyeh keglings keitloas kekotene kentucky keramics keratoid keratoma keratose kerchief kernelly kerosene kerplunk kestrels ketapang ketuboth keyboard keystone khamseen kibitkas kibitzer kiboshed kickback kickseys kickshaw killdeer killocks killweed

kilobase kilodyne kilogram kilovolt kilowatt kimonoed kinakina kindlers kindless kindling kindness kinesics kinetics kinetins kingbird kingbolt kingcups kingfish kinghood kinglets kingship kingston kingwood kinkajou kinsfolk kissable kitchens kitcheny kithogue kitsches kivikivi klaxoned kleinite klooches klystron knackery knapsack knapscap knapweed knarring kneehole knickers knifings knightly knitting knitwear knobbing knoblike knockout knothole knotting knotweed knowable

kodakked kohlrabi kolinsky kolkhosy kolkhozy korrigum kreasote kreplach kreutzer kromesky kryolite krytrons kulakism kullaite kurtosis kyanizes kyphosis

9 letter words beginning with k:

kaiserdom kaiserism kakawahie kalsomine kaltemail kanephore kaolinite kaolinize karabiner karyogamy karyosome karyotype katabasis katabatic katharsis kazatskes kefuffles kentledge keratitis keratocni keratosis kerbstone kerchiefs kerystics ketonuria keyboards keybugles keystroke khilafats kibbutzes kickshaws kickstand kieserite kilderkin killifish kilobytes kilocycle kilohertz kiloliter kilometer kilomoles kilopound kilostere kilovolts kindliest kinescope kingcraft kinghoods kingmaker kinswoman kirkyaird

kissogram kitchener kitmudgar kittenish kittiwake klondyker knackered kneadable knotgrass knottiest knowledge koenenite koltunnor komissars koniology kottigite krummholz krummhorn kryoliths kurdistan kurrajong kurveying kwarterka kyanising kymograph kynurenic

10 letter words beginning with k:

kabaragoya kabeljouws kaisership kakidrosis kallikrein kalsomines kanephoros kaolinised karyolitic karyolymph karyolyses karyolysis karyoplasm karyotypic katabolism katabothra katacrotic kataplasia kenspeckle keratinize kerseymere kettledrum khidmutgar kibbutznik kickboards kicksorter kickstarts kieselguhr kimberlite kindliness kinematics kineticist kingfisher kingsnakes kintledges kirkinhead kitcheners klebsiella kleptistic klondiking klondykers klondyking knackwurst knapsacked knickknack knighthead knighthood knobkerrie knockabout knockwurst knottiness

knowingest komondoroc kookaburra krageroite kriegspiel kummerbund kymatology

11 letter words beginning with k:

kakortokite kamanichile kammererite kantikoying karyolymphs katacrotism keelboatman kenogenesis keratectomy keratolysis keratonosus kernicterus kerseymeres kilocalorie kinderspiel kindhearted kindredship kinesiology kinesthesia kinesthesis kinetochore kinetograph kitchenette kitchenmaid kitchenware klangfarbes klebsiellas kleptomania knickknacky knightswort knowledging knucklebone knucklehead kwashiorkor

12 letter words beginning with k:

kaleidoscope kalokagathia karmadharaya karyokineses karyokinesis karyomitotic katzenjammer keratogenous keratoplasty keraunophone kettlemaking kiddiewinkie kinaesthesia kindergarten kindredships kinesiatrics kinesthesias kinetoscopic kinnikinnick kionectomies klipspringer klutzinesses kriegsspiels kurchatovium

13 letter words beginning with k:

kaleidophones kaleidoscopic katakinetomer keratoplastic kettledrummer kindergartner kinematograph kittenishness knowledgeable kryptocyanine

14 letter words beginning with k:

keratoplasties kettledrummers kinematography knickerbockers knightlinesses knuckleballers kremlinologies kremlinologist

15 letter words beginning with k:

kaleidoscopical kinesitherapies knickerbockered

16 letter words beginning with k:

kinaesthetically koeberliniaceous

17 letter words beginning with k:

kindheartednesses kinetogenetically

19 letter words beginning with k:


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