Verbs That Start With J

Where would we be without verbs in our sentences? There’d be nothing to propel our sentences into action. How would Joseph jostle his little sister? And how would Josephine jangle her bracelets? Read on to enjoy a long list of verbs that start with "j," as well as a short study on verbs.

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50 Verbs Starting With J

Ready to explore "j" verbs? Below, you’ll find 50 of the most common verbs that start with "j," along with one of their definitions and a small selection of synonyms.

Verb

Definition

Synonym

jab

to poke or thrust

nudge, prod, stick

jabber

to talk quickly and babble nonsense

prattle, blather, chatter

jail

to put someone in a place they can’t get out of

imprison, detain, incarcerate

jam

to shove something in so it gets stuck

force, ram, cram

jam-pack

to crowd or pack to capacity

load, fill, at capacity

jangle

to make a harsh, inharmonious sound

chime, clang, clatter

jar

to shock, shake, vibrate, or quarrel

disturb, rattle, take by surprise

jaw

to talk quickly or to jabber

chatter, gab, chit-chat

jaywalk

to walk across a street in the middle of a block rather than at a crosswalk

crossing illegally, cutting across

jazz

to dress something up; make it fancy

embellish, deck out, spruce up

jeer

to make fun of in a mean or mocking way

heckle, ridicule, tease

jeopardize

to put someone or something in a dangerous situation

imperil, endanger, expose to risk

jerk

to pull, push, or throw in a sharp, sudden motion

lurch, wrench, thrust

jet

to travel by aircraft

zoom, fly, travel

jettison

to cast something aside or abandon it

abandon, discard, dump

jetwash

to remove something by spraying it with high-pressure water

pressure wash, spray, clean

jibe

to be in harmony, agreement, or accord

agree, square with, in sync

jig

to dance quickly by moving up and down in a lively way

jounce, bounce, hop

jiggle

to move in quick, slight jerks

agitate, bounce, shake

jilt

to treat someone badly, or reject a lover

abandon, betray, discard

jimmy

to pry open with a tool

prise, force, open

jingle

to create a sound by shaking small bells

clang, clatter, clink

jinx

to bring someone bad luck

curse, hex, bewitch

jitter

to be unsteady with small, rapid movements

quiver, tremble, agitate

jive

to talk in a way that is insincere or exaggerated to try to fool people

josh, jest, tease

jockey

to change position to get an advantage

maneuver, direct, guide

jog

to give a shake, shove or hint, as in to jog a person’s memory

activate, nudge, prompt

join

to bring or connect together

accompany, bind, yoke

joint

to combine or attach

fasten, connect, adhere

joke

to do or say something for fun

kid, tease, quip

jolt

an abrupt movement, or a shock

surprise, startle, upset

josh

to tease in a good-natured way

jest, jive, joke

jostle

to push and shove your way through a crowd

bulldoze, elbow, forge ahead

jot

to write something quickly

record, scribble, write

jounceto move in an up and down mannerbounce, jolt, bump, knock

journal

to write observations or thoughts in a journal

document, report, record

journey

to travel

ramble, roam, wander

joust

to be in sport against another knight on horseback

tourney, spar, clash

joyride

to take a motor vehicle on an enjoyable ride

drive, cruise, travel

judder

to shake, wobble or vibrate

fluctuate, oscillate, pulse

judge

to decide on or form an opinion about

decide, deduce, assess

juggle

to manage various tasks at the same time

multitask, shuffle, deal with multiple tasks

juice

to get the liquid out of something

squeeze, extract, remove moisture

jumble

to confuse something, or mix something up

disorganize, confound, get out of order

jump

to bounce or spring from one surface to another

hop, leap, pounce

jumpstart

to start a car with a dead battery with jumper cables

boost, jump, kickstart

junk

to throw away or discard

abandon, dispose of, divest oneself of

justify

to provide an explanation for something to make it seem okay

explain, account for, rationalize

jut

to stick out

bulge, extend, protrude

juxtapose

to put two things close to each other in order to highlight the differences between them

pair, line up, place in proximity

Types of Verbs

Since verbs are such an important part of speech, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that there are several types of verbs. Three types, in particular, are true heavy lifters in spoken communication and writing.

  • action verb - Verbs that highlight things you can do are action verbs. If something scares you and causes you to jitter, that is a specific action. If you tell someone you are going to jinx them, this also describes a specific action. There are more action verbs in the English language than any other kind of verb.
  • linking verb - Linking verbs don’t describe any action. Rather, they connect the subject of the sentence to additional information, which does not have to be a verb. Linking verbs are often “to be” verbs, including “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were.” An example would be, “The juice was just delicious.” Here, “was” is a linking verb.
  • helping verb - Verbs that assist the main verb by extending its meaning are helping verbs. The word "is" is a helping verb. Consider the following sentence: “Jennifer is justifying spending money on a juicer." The word “is” can also function as a helping verb to the main (action) verb “justifying,” which just happens to be a "j" verb.
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10 Example Sentences Featuring J-Verbs

Sentences typically follow a basic pattern: subject + verb + direct object, with action verbs indicating the sentence’s action. As such, they put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence, “Jordan juxtaposed two contrasting petals in her recent painting,” “Jordan” is the subject, “juxtaposed” is the verb, and “petals” is the direct object. Take a look at how how "j" verbs can join with other words to form sentences.

  1. Her favorite character in the book really loves to jabber.
  2. We know she’s coming in when we hear the keys jangle in the door.
  3. He’ll never jeopardize the company's relationship with a customer.
  4. Let’s jet off to San Tropez together.
  5. That color really doesn’t jibe with the theme in our apartment.
  6. He knows how to jimmy open a door with a credit card.
  7. Don’t jostle the baby!
  8. They love to journal about their travels.
  9. He doesn’t like to judge school contests.
  10. She loves to juxtapose two contrasting pieces of art.

Jump for J, But Keep Moving Forward

Now that you've explored verbs that start with "j," consider how powerful words that start with "j" can really be. They can activate sentences as a verb; indicate people, places, and things as a noun and even modify nouns as part of an adjective phrase. For more on that, explore 50 nouns that start with "j." Then, check out some "j" adjectives, too. Next, refocus on verbs and move on to the next letter in the alphabet by exploring verbs that begin with "k."