There are many adjectives that start with A. After all, A is the first letter in the alphabet and one of the most commonly used letters in the English language.
In America, you want to get straight "A's" on your report card. In England, you have to finish your "A" levels before completing your secondary education. The top dog is always the "alpha."
When playing cards, the card everyone wants to have in their hand is the one conspicuously marked with the letter A, the ace.
All sentient creatures are capable of experiencing a moment of understanding, also known as an "aha moment." In these moments, the brain lights up with activity, creating a positively euphoric moment. Coincidence? Indeed not, an A is always good.
In English, A can make a few different sounds. In fact, it can have many nuances depending on the dialect. In general, “A” can sound like “uh”, especially where it is an unstressed letter called a schwa, like the "A" in “amazing.”
It can also sound like Fonzie's greeting, "Aayyy," from the old TV show Happy Days, as it does in “alien.” In some regions, it can even sound like the noise you make when you get into a perfectly heated bath, that longer “Ah" sound.
All in all, A, being one of the most commonly used letters in the alphabet, is also one of the most versatile.
There are hundreds of adjectives that begin with the letter A, so they won't all appear here. Think up some of your own. It can be fun to sit somewhere you can watch the world go by and try to think of as many new adjectives as you can. It refreshes your vocabulary, makes you more of a crossword pro, and helps you master off-the-cuff puns.
For some reason, alliteration, or the repetition of consonant sounds, is interesting to the ear. Assonance, or the repetition of vowel sounds, is also catchy. In order to help you implement these literary devices - and more - into your writing, let’s begin a study of A adjectives.
Here are our top 20:
Accessible - something that is easily reached or entered
Acrimonious - bitter and caustic
Adamant - a refusal to change; hard and unyielding
Advantageous - creating favorable circumstances that increase the likelihood of success
Aeronautical - relating to the science or understanding of flight
Agoraphobic- relating to the fear of open or public places
Alluvial - relating to or found in alluvium, sediment left by flowing water
Ambidextrous - being able to use both hands with aptitude
Ambivalent - mixed or contradictory ideas about someone or something
Amoral - someone without morals
Androgynous - possessing both male and female qualities
Angelic - someone exceptionally kind or beautiful
Appropriate - suitable and proper
Ardent - a strong or intense feeling
Astronomical - derived from astronomy, this denotes something really large
Auricular - relating to the ear or sense of hearing
Avaricious - extremely greedy
Avuncular- relating to your uncle
Awesome - something impressive, inspiring admiration
Azure - something bright blue in color, resembling a cloudless sky
Wasn’t that fun? Were you able to pick up any new terms and commit them to memory? Why not keep that pad and paper handy and see if you can jot down a few more additions with this lengthy List of Common Adjective Words? Here’s to your new and expanded vocabulary!