Do you dream of living in an oasis amidst the sands of Oman? If we let them, nouns that start with O can whisk us away to magical lands filled with endless wonder. They create a sense of occasion in our favorite novels while we're introduced to omnipotents with endless power.
We use nouns all day, every day. So, let's review their many capacities before we dive into an ocean of O-words.
The definition of a noun is "a person, place, thing, or idea." You'll notice many of them come after an article, like "a," "an," or "the." Nouns commonly act as the subject of a sentence. For example, "The observer saw him push her to the ground."
From oafs, to ogres, to onions, enjoy this long list of O-nouns. Perhaps one or two of them will spice up your next writing piece.
Oaf - a clumsy person
Oasis - a fertile place where there is water in the midst of a desert
Oatmeal - oats that are ground into flakes
Obedience - the willingness to obey
Obesity - the condition of being overweight
Object - anything that is visible
Obligation - something someone is required to do
Oblivion - the state of being forgotten
Oblong - a shape, like a rectangle or an ellipse, with one longer end
Observer - a person watching something
Occupant - one that resides in or uses a physical space
Occasion - a special event
Ocean - the body of salt water covering much of the Earth
Octagon - an eight-sided shape
October - the tenth month of the year
Octopus - a sea creature with eight sucker-lined limbs
Ode - a poem written in a clear, lyrical style
Odor - a distinctive and unpleasant smell
Offense - something that angers or displeases
Offer - an act of putting something forth for consideration
Officer - a person in a position of authority in a business, the police, or the military
Offshoot - something that derives its origin from a particular source
Offspring - a child, or the children of a family
Ogre - a giant monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans
Oiliness - the quality of being too slippery or smooth
Ointment - a semisolid substance used on the skin as medicine
Olive - a small yellow-green fruit, usually eaten cured
Omelet - a dish consisting of beaten eggs, seasonings, cheese, or vegetables
Omen - something believed to predict the future
Omission - the act of leaving something out
Omnipotent - one having unlimited or universal power
Omnivore - someone or something that eats meats and plants
Onion - a plant with an edible bulb
Onslaught - a situation where you're suddenly bombarded with a lot of things at once
Ooze - the liquid result of a slow leak or spill
Opal - a gemstone made of hydrated silica
Openness - an accommodating attitude receptive to new ideas
Operation - a surgical procedure
Opinion - a belief or judgment held by a person
Opportunity - a favorable situation for a positive outcome
Opposite - something that is the reverse of something else
Oppression - treating people unfairly, especially with overuse of government power
Option - the power to make a choice
Oral - an exam given and taken by speaking
Orange - a round, sweet, juicy citrus fruit
Ordinary - an official with jurisdiction in a specified area by right of their office
Original - the earliest form of something
Ostrich - a swift-running bird of Africa and SW Asia
Outcast - a person who doesn't fit in with the majority and isn't accepted by the crowd
Outlook - how things are looking for the future
Nouns starting with O are far from ordinary, right? Since nouns can pop up all over a sentence, you probably won't be surprised to learn there are over 10 different types of nouns. If they're referring to a person or place, they're likely acting as a proper noun (e.g. Shrek, Oman, California, France, and The Oriental Hotel). An example of that would be, "Shrek is a kind-hearted ogre."
The opposite of a proper noun is a common noun. These nouns refer to general, unspecified things. In the example above, Shrek is a proper noun. But, if that line simply read, "The ogre was kind-hearted," you'd know the subject was a common noun. Common nouns are neither capitalized nor specific.
Then, there are compound nouns (e.g., sunglasses and doorframes), countable nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns. It's common to see both nouns and pronouns in a single sentence: "Jennifer ran down the boardwalk to greet her."
Are you ready to see the letter O hard at work? You'll be able to see these nouns function as subjects and objects. Notice that many of the nouns are preceded by an article.
Here are 10 sample sentences. Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that O-noun:
She eats oatmeal every morning for breakfast.
We all have an obligation to be nice.
If you sit by the ocean, it'll wash all your worries away.
This is an ode to the loss of love.
She inherited a grove full of olives in Tuscany.
That omission makes you a liar.
Let's cook that steak in garlic and onion.
Her engagement ring features a giant opal.
We will ban any type of oppression.
She is far from ordinary.
The more we read, the more we open our minds to magic. With one flip of the page, we can venture off to unknown worlds filled with mythical dragons, fairy princesses, and ugly ogres.
Thanks to literature and poetry, a passport isn't required to enter new realms. The further you escape into fantasy, the more your vocabulary will grow.
Ready to dabble in a little writing yourself? Scan through these nouns that start with N to see if you can fancify your next tale with any of these nuanced nouns.