Although adjectives that start with K are not all that common, there are some very good ones that should not be overlooked. If you’re in the market for a K adjective to use in the name of a business or an advertising campaign, and you don’t want to resort to cute misspellings like “krazy,” “krispy” or (spare us, please) “kwik,” look no further.
Here are 20 top adjectives that start with K. They might not all be suitable for an ad campaign, but they can add a kick to your writing and at least they’re real words.
20 Adjectives That Start With K
- Keen - There are at least three ways to use keen:
- It can mean sharp-witted, mentally acute or shrewd, as in, “My 90-year-old grandmother’s mind is still keen.”
- It can mean eager, enthusiastic or very interested. In this meaning, keen is often paired with a preposition (on or about) followed by a noun or activity. It’s more of a British expression, but it’s a good one: "I’m not very keen on bowling."
- Finally, keen can mean strongly felt or intense, as in “a keen sense of smell.”
- Kempt - neat; tidy; well-groomed - You may be more familiar with its antonym, unkempt, especially if you have teenagers with bedrooms.
- Killer - Literally, this means having the potential for killing. As a slang term, it can mean very difficult or hard to cope with, as well as successful, impressive or exciting. So it's entirely possible to attend a killer (difficult) spin class, after which you feel as though you’re going to die, and also write a killer (impressive) essay for which you receive an excellent grade.
- Kind - sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tenderhearted, generous, etc. You can also say kind-hearted, which has the same meaning but carries a more personal sentiment, as though you are very close to the person you are describing.
- Kindly - The less popular sibling of “kind” with the same meaning, generally reserved for describing elderly people, like your grandparents.
- Kindred - of like nature; similar (as in “kindred spirits”).
- Kinesthetic - of or related to bodily movement. For example, "I’m a kinesthetic learner; I learn by doing."
- Kinetic - of or caused by motion; energetic or dynamic.
- King-sized - really big, like a king-sized bed or a king-sized ice cream cone.
- Kinky - Again, we have a literal definition and a slang one. Literally, kinky means full of kinks or tightly curled. As a slang word, it means weird, bizarre, eccentric or peculiar, expecially sexually abnormal or perverse.
- Kissable - having the potential to be kissed. (You know it when you see it.)
- Kitschy - describing art, decor, etc. of a gaudy, shallow kind, designed to appeal to popular or uncultured tastes.
- Kleptomaniacal - having a compulsion to steal, the characteristics of a kleptomaniac.
- Klutzy - clumsy, awkward, etc.
- Knitted - made by knitting.
- Knobby - covered with knobs; like a knob.
- Knotted - tangled, tied into knots.
- Knowledgeable - having or showing knowledge or intelligence.
- Kooky - silly, eccentric, crazy, etc. (The top choice for replacing “krazy” in all your advertising from here on out.).
- Kosher - This word originally described food clean or fit to eat according to Jewish dietary laws, but it has expanded to include a more general definition of all right, proper or correct. If you own a barbecue restaurant, however, naming it Kyle’s Kosher Kitchen is probably not the best way to go even if it is the most properly pulled pork in town.
It's all Kosher
So you see, there are lots of good adjectives that start with K, and now that you know them, inventing new ones is just unnecessary. Why use “klean/kleen” when there’s “kempt?” What good is “krazy” when you’ve got both “kooky” and “killer?” Take your pick. There’s something here for everyone.
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