Words that start with Z

Lists of words starting with Z including those most commonly written / spoken, definitions, part of speech, a printable infographic, and a long list arranged by word length. This Z words reference page contains several lists of words beginning with the letter z, the last letter of the alphabet. We first start with the most commonly used words. Then a much more complete Z word list is presented, organized by word length. Additional lists are presented such as household items that start with Z, as well as a questions and answers section which includes countries that start with the letter Z. Skip to the section you’re interested in by using the Table Of Contents, or scroll down to see more z words.

Common Z words (written):

These are the top 10 most commonly used words starting with the letter Z when used in writing, starting from the most frequently used Z word which is zero:

zero, zone, zeal, zinc, zealous, zoning, zest, zoo, zenith, zoom.

And here are those same common Top 10 Z words arranged alphabetically:

zeal, zealous, zenith, zero, zest, zinc, zone, zoning, zoo, zoom.

Common / frequently used spoken words:

Ordered by frequency:
zone zero zones zoo zi zooms zoom zeus zen zealand zoning zip zilch zeke zealand’s zach

Printable / Infographic Z words:

Most common Words Beginning With Z

Here is an infographic of the most common Z words, in jpg format / click on image to see full size. And here is a pdf of the same image: z-words-common.pdf, and here in grayscale: z-words-common-gray.pdf

Glossary with part of speech and definition for the top 50 or so most frequently used Z words:

zabaglione noun light foamy custard-like dessert served hot or chilled
zamia noun any of various cycads of the genus Zamia; among the smallest and most verdant cycads
zany noun a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect
zap noun a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact
zarf noun an ornamental metal cup-shaped holder for a hot coffee cup
zayin noun the 7th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
zebra noun any of several fleet black-and-white striped African equines
zebrawood noun handsomely striped or mottled wood of the zebrawood tree; used especially for cabinetwork
zebu noun domesticated ox having a humped back and long horns and a large dewlap; used chiefly as a draft animal in India and east Asia
zenith noun the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
zenithal adjective relating to or located at or near the zenith
zeolite noun any of a family of glassy minerals analogous to feldspar containing hydrated aluminum silicates of calcium or sodium or potassium; formed in cavities in lava flows and in plutonic rocks
zestful adjective marked by spirited enjoyment
zeta noun the 6th letter of the Greek alphabet
zeugma noun use of a word to govern two or more words though appropriate to only one
ziggurat noun a rectangular tiered temple or terraced mound erected by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians
zigzag noun an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
zinc noun a bluish-white lustrous metallic element; brittle at ordinary temperatures but malleable when heated; used in a wide variety of alloys and in galvanizing iron; it occurs naturally as zinc sulphide in zinc blende
zing noun a brief high-pitched buzzing or humming sound
zinkenite noun a steel grey metallic mineral (a sulphide of lead and antimony)
zinnia noun any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
zinnwaldite noun a mica containing iron and lithium
zircon noun a common mineral occurring in small crystals; chief source of zirconium; used as a refractory when opaque and as a gem when transparent
zirconium noun a lustrous grey strong metallic element resembling titanium; it is used in nuclear reactors as a neutron absorber; it occurs in baddeleyite but is obtained chiefly from zircon
zither noun a musical stringed instrument with strings stretched over a flat sounding board; it is laid flat and played with a plectrum and with fingers
zloty noun the basic unit of money in Poland
zodiac noun a belt-shaped region in the heavens on either side to the ecliptic; divided into 12 constellations or signs for astrological purposes
zonal adjective relating to or of the nature of a zone
zone noun a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
zoning noun dividing an area into zones or sections reserved for different purposes such as residence and business and manufacturing etc
zooid noun one of the distinct individuals forming a colonial animal such as a bryozoan or hydrozoan
zoolatry noun the worship of animals
zoologist noun a specialist in the branch of biology dealing with animals
zoomorphism noun the attribution of animal forms or qualities to a god
zoonosis noun an animal disease that can be transmitted to humans
zoonotic adjective of or relating to or constituting zoonosis
zoophilia noun a sexual attraction to animals
zoophobia noun a morbid fear of animals
zoophyte noun any of various invertebrate animals resembling a plant such as a sea anemone or coral or sponge
zooplankton noun animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae
zoospore noun an asexual spore of some algae and fungi that moves by means of flagella
zoril noun muishond of northern Africa
zucchini noun marrow squash plant whose fruit are eaten when small
zwieback noun slice of sweet raised bread baked again until it is brown and hard and crisp
zygodactyl adjective (of bird feet) having the first and fourth toes directed backward the second and third forward
zygoma noun the slender arch formed by the temporal process of the cheekbone that bridges to the zygomatic process of the temporal bone
zygospore noun a plant spore formed by two similar sexual cells
zygote noun (genetics) the diploid cell resulting from the union of a haploid spermatozoon and ovum (including the organism that develops from that cell)
zygotene noun the second stage of the prophase of meiosis
zygotic adjective of or relating to a zygote
zymase noun a complex of enzymes that cause glycolysis; originally found in yeast but also present in higher organisms
zymosis noun a process in which an agent causes an organic substance to break down into simpler substances; especially, the anaerobic breakdown of sugar into alcohol
zymotic adjective of or relating to or causing fermentation

Questions and Answers:

Q: What is the longest Z word and how many letters does it have in it?
A: zygomaticosphenoid is one of the longest words starting with the letter Z, it is 18 letters long.

Q: What is the shortest word that starts with Z?
A: There are several 3 letter Z words, such as zap. There do not appear to be any non-slang 2 letter Z words.

Q: What countries start with the letter Z?
A: Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Q: What are some household items and kitchen things (including some brand names) starting in Z?
A: Zebra print clothing or rugs, Zen garden, Zest soap, Zicam cold remedy, zippers, zucchini.

Q: What are some Easy / Simple Z words?
A: zebra, zipper, zoo.

By word length

Here is the longer Z list organized by word length. From it we can see that one of the shortest Z words is zap, and that one of the longest words starting Z is zygomaticosphenoid:

3 letter words beginning with z:

zag zap zax zed zee zek zig zip zoa zod zoo

4 letter words beginning with z:

zany zarf zeal zebu zenu zero zest zeta zinc zing zobu zone zoom zoon zouk

5 letter words beginning with z:

zabra zabti zaman zamia zanze zayin zebec zebra zebus zeins zeism zests zesty zibet ziega zings zippy zirai zizit zloty zonal zooid zoril zouks

6 letter words beginning with z:

zabtie zaffer zanied zareba zealot zenana zenith zephyr zeugma zhomos zigzag zimmis zinnia zipper zircon zither zizith zizzle zodiac zombie zonate zoning zonked zooids zoomed zoster zounds zygoma zygote zymase

7 letter words beginning with z:

zaffars zairian zamarra zanjero zarebas zareeba zealous zeatins zebrass zedoary zemstvo zenanas zeolite zestful zillion zimocca zincate zincite zingara zingari zingaro zinsang zittern zoisite zonings zonules zoocyst zoology zoonite zootier zootomy zostera zygosis zygotic zymogen zymoses zymosis zymotic

8 letter words beginning with z:

zaibatsu zamindar zampogna zaratite zarzuela zealotry zealousy zebrulas zecchino zenithal zeppelin zibeline ziggurat zillions zippered zipppier zirconia zitherns zoanthid zoetrope zonation zoochore zooecium zoogloea zoolatry zoomancy zoometry zoonosis zoonotic zoophyte zoosperm zoospore zootoxic zootoxin zorrillo zucchini zugzwang zwieback zygomata zygotene zylonite zymotize

9 letter words beginning with z:

zabaiones zapateado zealander zebralike zebrawood zemindari zendician zephaniah ziffiuses ziggurats zigzagger zinkenite zippering zirconium zoehemera zoiatrics zonetimes zoobiotic zoocytium zoogamies zoogloeas zoography zoologist zoomorphs zoonomias zoophilia zoophobia zooplasty zucchetti zucchetto zuchettos zygaenoid zygophyte zygospore zymogenic zymolysis zymometer

10 letter words beginning with z:

zabaglione zanthoxyls zeolitized zibellines zinckified zincograph zinkenites zoomorphic zoophagies zoophilous zoosterols zumbooruck zygodactyl zygosperms zygotomere zymologies

11 letter words beginning with z:

zanthoxylum zelophobics zeptosecond zinciferous zincographs zincography zingiberone zinnwaldite zoanthodeme zooerythrin zoomorphies zoomorphism zooplankter zooplankton zoosporange zootechnics zootechnies zootsuiters zygogenetic zymogenesis zymological

12 letter words beginning with z:

zalamboodont zoochemistry zoogeography zoographists zoologically zoomorphisms zooparasitic zooplanktons zygapophysis

13 letter words beginning with z:

zeolitization zincographers zinjanthropus zoomagnetisms zoosporangium zooxanthellae zygomorphisms zymochemistry zymophosphate

14 letter words beginning with z:

zepharovichite zoochemistries zooidiophilous

15 letter words beginning with z:

zoopaleontology zoophysiologies zoopsychologies zoopsychologist zygophyllaceous

17 letter words beginning with z:


18 letter words beginning with z:


Some more definitions and usage examples for some words beginning with the character Z:

Zap: Noun or a verb. To send energy into something. For example, the alien zapped the moon rock using its raygun.

Zebra: Noun. An four footed animal from Africa with white and black stripes on its coat. The zebra returned to its herd after escaping the lion.

Zinc: Noun. A type of metal. The towel bar was made of zinc, with a polished nickel finish.

Zoo: Noun. A place where animals are kept and put on display. Example sentence: The zoo in Honolulu has many different habitats for the animals there.

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