Words that start with Y | Definitions, examples, and more

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

Common / frequently used written words:

Most commonly used Y words, ordered by frequency (top 10 list):
you, your, year, yet, young, yes, yourself, youth, yellow, yield.

Top ten most frequently used, in alphabetic order:
year, yellow, yes, yet, yield, you, young, your, yourself, youth.

Common / frequently used spoken words:

Ordered by frequency:
you yeah your you’re years year yes you’ve you’ll york yet you’d young yesterday yep yourself yours yellow yard y’all younger

Glossary with part of speech, definition, and usage example sentence for the top 50 or so most frequently used Y words:

yacht noun an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing The hull of the yacht needed to be repainted.
yachtsman noun a person who owns or sails a yacht He prided himself on being a responsible and skilled yachtsman.
yak noun a type of ox On a trek to the mountainous region of central Asia Yvonne was fortunate enough to see a huge yak.
yam noun edible tuber of any of several yams Yam is not my favorite vegetable but many like it.
yard noun a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride A yardstick is an important tool which helps one to measure one yard.
yardage noun distance measured in the aggregate number of yards
yardarm noun either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship Connecting the sail to the yardarm proved more difficult than expected.
yardman noun worker in a railway yard
yardmaster noun a railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard The yardmaster kept his rail team working through the downturn.
yardstick noun a measure or standard used for comparison When building a table for a new miter saw my yardstick came in handly for measuring and as a straight edge.
yarrow noun ubiquitous strong-scented mat-forming Eurasian herb of wasteland, hedgerow or pasture having narrow serrate leaves and small usually white florets; widely naturalized in North America
yashmak noun the face veil worn by Muslim women
yataghan noun a long Turkish knife with a curved blade having a single edge
yautia noun tropical American aroid having edible tubers that are cooked and eaten like yams or potatoes
yaw noun an erratic deflection from an intended course Roll, pitch, and yaw are common aviation terms with yaw mostly controlled by the rudder.
yawl noun a two masted sailing ship.* I had never sailed a yawl before but was eager to do so.
yawn noun an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom
yawp verb make a raucous noise To yawp all day may not be the most productive use of time.
yaws noun an infectious tropical disease resembling syphilis in its early stages; marked by red skin eruptions and ulcerating lesions
yea noun an affirmative
year noun a period of time containing 365 (or 366) days The circumstances differed quite a lot from one year ago.
yearbook noun a book published annually by the graduating class of a high school or college usually containing photographs of faculty and graduating students Reviewing a yearbook many years later in life can be beneficial.
yearlong adjective lasting through a year
yeast noun a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey With so much baking going on yeast was in short supply and difficult to find.
yeasty adjective of or resembling or containing yeast The freshly baked bread was a bit too yeasty for my taste.
yellow noun yellow color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of sunflowers or ripe lemons Yolanda liked to eat bananas before they were fully yellow.
yellowlegs noun either of two North American shorebird with yellow legs
yellowtail noun superior food fish of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean with broad yellow stripe along the sides and on the tail The restaurant’s seafood special of the evening was yellowtail.
yellowthroat noun small olive-colored American warblers with yellow breast and throat
yellowwood noun the yellow wood of any of various yellowwood trees
yenta noun (Yiddish) a vulgar shrew; a shallow coarse termagant
yeoman noun officer in the (ceremonial) bodyguard of the British monarch
yeomanry noun class of small freeholders who cultivated their own land
yes noun an affirmative By saying yes more often Yosef opened himself up to may new opportunities.
yeshiva noun an academy for the advanced study of Jewish texts (primarily the Talmud)
yesterday noun the day immediately before today
yet adverb up to the present time
yew noun wood of a yew; especially the durable fine-grained light brown or red wood of the English yew valued for cabinetwork and archery bows
yip noun a sharp high-pitched cry (especially by a dog)
ylem noun (cosmology) the original matter that (according to the big bang theory) existed before the formation of the chemical elements
yodel noun a songlike cry in which the voice fluctuates rapidly between the normal voice and falsetto
yoga noun Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion
yogurt noun a custard-like food made from curdled milk
yoke noun fabric comprising a fitted part at the top of a garment
yokel noun a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture
yonder adjective distant but within sight (`yon’ is dialectal) Beyond those yonder mountains lies wide open fertile plains.
yore noun time long past In days of yore, much more time was spend outdoors.
young noun any immature animal The young tiger had much to learn about hunting.
youngness noun the opposite of oldness A happy feeling of youngness swept over her as she thought back to her childhood.
youthful adjective suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh Yasir excercised often to help maintain a youthful physique.
youthfully adverb in a youthful manner His youthfully good-natured outlook was a breath of fresh air.
ytterbium noun a soft silvery metallic element; a rare earth of the lanthanide series; it occurs in gadolinite and monazite and xenotime The atomic number for Ytterbium is 70.
yttrium noun a silvery metallic element that is common in rare-earth minerals; used in magnesium and aluminum alloys Yan worked in a laboratory and his latest project involved yttrium additives.
yuan noun the basic unit of money in China The item in the storefront was 100 yuan but when bought in bulk was available at a lower price.
yucca noun any of several evergreen plants of the genus Yucca having usually tall stout stems and a terminal cluster of white flowers; warmer regions of North America Yasu tried to grow a yucca plant from seed but was unsuccessful at the endevour.
yurt noun a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing Glamping in a yurt can be a fun experience.

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the longest Y word?
A: Yesterdayness is one of the longest words starting with the letter Y, and it is 13 letters long.

Q: What is the shortest words beginning with Y?
A: Ye is a very short Y word at 2 letters long, though it isn’t commonly used nowadays.

Q: What country names start with Y?
A: Yemen

Q: What are some household items and kitchen things (including some brand names) starting with the letter Y?
A: yams, yardstick, yarn for knitting, yearbook from school, yeast, Yes laundry detergent, yolk from an egg.

Q: What are some Easy / Simple Y words?
A: year, yellow, yes, you.

Y words by number of letters:

More complete list, by word length:

2 letter words beginning with y:

ye yo

3 letter words beginning with y:

yak yam yap yaw yea yen yep yes yet yew yid yin yip yob yon you yow

4 letter words beginning with y:

yack yank yard yare yarn yawl yawn yawp yaws yeah yean year yegg yeld yell yelp yens yern yeti ylem ympt yoga yogh yogi yoke yoky yolk yoni yore your yowl yuan yuch yuft yuko yule yurt ywis

5 letter words beginning with y:

yacht yahoo yakka yamen yapok yapon yarry yarto yawns yeard yearn yeast yecch yedes yenta ygapo yield yirrs yodel yodle yokel yomim young youre yours youth yowls ysame yucca yulan

6 letter words beginning with y:

yabber yachty yakows yallow yammer yarest yarned yarrow yauper yaupon yautia yawney ybound yclept yearly yeasty yeelin yellow yenned yeoman yester yezidi yicker yippee yippie yochel yogini yogurt yoicks yolden yomped yonder yonker youpon yttria yucker

7 letter words beginning with y:

yajeine yangtao yankees yardage yardarm yardman yashmak yawning yawnups yawroot yearend yeguita yellows yengees yenning yeshiva yiddish yikkers yippers yirding yobbish yobboes yoghurt yogurts yohimbe yokelry younker youthen yttrium

8 letter words beginning with y:

yachting yakimona yardangs yardbird yardsman yardwand yarmulka yarovize yashmacs yataghan yawmeter yawpings yealings yeanling yearbook yearling yearlong yearning yellochs yeomanly yeomanry yeorling yestreen yielding yirmilik yodelled yogasana yoghurts yokelism yoncopin yotacism yourself youthful ytterbia yuckiest yuletide yummiest

9 letter words beginning with y:

yachtings yachtsman yappiness yardstick yarmulkah yataghans yawnproof yearlings yellowish yersinias yesterday yobberies youngling youngness youngster ytterbias ytterbite ytterbium yuletides yuppiedom

10 letter words beginning with y:

yagourundi yardmaster yellowbird yellowlegs yellowroot yellowrump yellowtail yellowweed yellowwood yellowwort yesternoon yesteryear yokefellow youthfully yuppiedoms

11 letter words beginning with y:

yellowbirds yttriferous yugoslavian

12 letter words beginning with y:

yachtmanship yellowhammer yellowthroat youngberries

13 letter words beginning with y:

yellowhammers yesterdayness youthlikeness

Additional definitions / word meanings / usage:

yo – a slang word, often used to get someone’s attention.

Summary / wrap-up / next steps:

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