The letter "j" has an interesting history. It is actually a pretty new addition to the English alphabet. Prior to medieval times, if the letter "i" was followed by another vowel it and was pronounced as "y." In the Middle Ages, the letter "j" was assigned to this sound, so a word like "iest" transformed into "jest."
Who knew, right? It’s such a common letter, to our knowledge. But, sure enough, it didn’t enter the English language until later in history. That makes the letter "j" just a little bit more unique and mysterious, doesn’t it?
From a non-existent letter to one that lets us make jovial jaunts through the English language, let’s take a look at some juicy adjectives that start with the letter "j."
Here are our top 20:
As you can see, a lot of "j" adjectives are very positive, relating to humor, playfulness and joking, and will really liven up your writing. Can you think of any more joyous "j" adjectives to add to the list?
Now that you know a few fun adjectives that start with "j,", you can practice using these adjectives in a sentence with our quick practice test. Simply select from the adjectives above to complete the sentences.
Please note that sometimes a sentence can use more than one adjective.
After working for five years as a teacher, Jim got ______________ and left teaching.
After two cups of coffee I often feel __________________. So, I have switched to drinking herbal tea.
My next door neighbor is quite a ______________ dresser. Every day I see her in a great outfit.
Michael usually makes ________________ decisions, but he recently quit his job just because he was bored.
Monica is always so __________________. I don’t think there has been a day when I have seen her in a bad mood.
After having her car and bike stolen within a week, Ann began to think that she was __________________.
I don’t like going to July 4 parades. It feels too ________________ with all those people madly waving American flags.
The main requirements for playing Santa Claus is that you have to at least be _______________ and like children.
The dinner party was quite _______________. We were laughing and telling jokes for most of the evening.
Answer Key: 1. Jaded; 2. Jittery; 3. Jaunty or Jazzy; 4. Judicious; 5. Jocund; 6. Jinxed; 7. Jingoistic; 8. Jovial; 9. Jocose or Jocular