The origin of the letter L can be traced back to an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph symbol. The Egyptians' symbol for L was represented by the figure of a lion. Maybe that explains why the capital letter "L" has such a majestic quality. It then took on many different forms by the Phoenicians, Greeks and the Romans to evolve into its present angular shape.
Adjectives that Start With “L”
Here is a list of adjectives that begin with L. There is a common theme that connects them. Do you know what it is?
- Lackadaisical – showing absolutely no interest or enthusiasm. Some teenagers exhibit this behavior when told to do chores around the house.
- Lax – refers to someone or something that is not very strict or firm. A college student that is lax about deadlines will most likely not get very good grades.
- Leaden – when you think of the word lead, heavy comes to mind. To be leaden is to feel sluggish, slow, or lacking energy—as if you were carrying around a sack of lead!
- Latent – something that is present within someone or something, but is rarely used. For example, a person can have a latent creative side that they never use.
- Languid – without energy, enthusiasm, sluggish. After a long day at work you feel a bit languid.
- Lame – one meaning for lame is a weak or unconvincing excuse. Teachers often get a number of lame excuses from students about why their assignments are late.
- Loopy – when you call someone loopy, you think they are a bit crazy. It can also mean to feel confused. People often feel a bit loopy if they have not got enough sleep.
- Lenient - refers to someone or something that is not very strict. A lenient parent may let their teenagers come home after midnight.
- Low – there are many meanings for low, but fitting within this theme of adjectives to feel low is another way of saying you are lacking energy or feeling a bit depressed.
- Lackluster - when describing a performance or a speech, lackluster means boring or without much energy. If you give a lackluster speech, you will quickly put your audience to sleep.
All of the L adjectives above have a negative connotation to them. Some of them can be used interchangeably, such as lax and lenient, and languid and leaden.
L Adjectives - Test
Complete the sentences below with one of the above words. Please note that sometimes more than one word can be used.
- Since Marta broke up with her boyfriend she has been feeling very __________. She needs some cheering up!
- I'm so mad at Joe because he forgot to pick me up at the airport. When I asked him, he made some ___________ excuse.
- Everyone loves Mr. York because he is quite ___________ when it comes to giving homework.
- The play got bad reviews in the paper, mostly because of the main actor's ___________ performance.
- Although Tim comes across as ______________. He is not always silly and is actually very smart.
- I don't go to that cafe anymore because the waiters are so ______________. It is like they do not want to be working.
- Our boss is very understanding and is ______________ when sometimes we are late.
- Michelle has a ______________ artistic side. She used to paint 10 years ago.
1. low; 2. lame; 3. lax or lenient; 4. lackluster; 5. loopy; 6. lackadaisical; 7. lenient; 8. latent