As you knuckle through life and refuse to kowtow to writer's block, there's one thing you can always do - maintain a robust vocabulary list. If you keep a list of fascinating words by your side, it'll help you battle through those moments when the words refuse to come.
Verbs that start with K might not be the most popular verbs on the block, which is precisely why they may make your next piece of creative writing a king-sized accomplishment. Read on to enjoy 25 K-verbs for your literary arsenal.
Verbs express action or a state of being. In English, every word has a specific place and plays a specific role within a sentence. As such, verbs usually come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence.
For example, "Kaylee kayaked to the pier." In this sentence, "Kaylee" is the subject, "kayaked" is the verb showing action, and "pier" is the object receiving the action of the verb.
Have some fun exploring this list below. You'll notice we use several of these words as nouns, including "knife" and "knuckle." However, they can also be turned into action words.
1. Kayak - to travel on a body of water by a light, slender boat with pointed ends
2. Keel - to fall or collapse
3. Keen - to sharpen or make cold
4. Keep - to hold or retain something
5. Ken - to know something
6. Key - to fasten or lock with a key or wedge
7. Kick - to strike or hit with a foot or feet
8. Kid - to tease or deceive in a fun way
9. Kidnap - to seize a person against their will
10. Kill - to cause to die
11. Kindle - to start a fire, flame, or light
12. Kink - to make bends in something that's usually straight
13. Kip - to sleep
14. Kiss - to lightly touch with the lips
15. Kit - to provide what is needed for a given task or situation
16. Knead - to work or massage something with your hands, especially dough to make bread
17. Kneel - to rest on one or both knees
18. Knife - to stab someone using a tool with a handle and a sharp, metal blade
19. Knight - to give honor from the monarch of England for their achievements
20. Knit - to join together interconnecting loops of yarn in rows or stitches
21. Knock - to rap on a door
22. Knot - to securely tie a rope or ribbon
23. Know - to be familiar with someone or something
24. Knuckle - to strike with the knuckles
25. Kowtow - to be subservient to someone
The largest category of verbs is action verbs. Action verbs, also known as dynamic verbs, express the action of the sentence, whether physical or mental. For example, "She knocked on the door." Here's a more thorough list of action verb examples.
Another category of verbs is linking verbs. Linking verbs are typically "to be" verbs, as in "am," "is," "are," "was," and "were." They link the subject with more information. For example, "She knows him."
Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense with the simple addition of -ed at the end. For example, "She didn't know how to knit a sweater so she knitted a scarf."
Irregular verbs, however, do not follow the same -ed rule as their regular verb counterparts. To conjugate an irregular verb from present tense to past tense, you simply have to memorize them. Here's an example: "They couldn't keep the puppy, but they kept the kitten." Be sure to review this list of irregular verbs to commit some of the most popular ones to memory.
Click on the link in each sentence to see more example sentences containing that K-verb:
1. The badger simply keeled over and died.
2. He told her to keep the engagement ring after she called off the marriage.
3. You have to kick the A/C unit to get it started.
4. Don't kid with her in that way.
5. Unfortunately, all I do is kill houseplants.
6. Let's kindle the campfire flames.
7. To make her laugh, he'd always kiss the dog on its nose.
8. Can you knead the dough while I marinate the chicken?
9. I'd like to knit a new wool sweater.
10. Somehow, we must find a way to knuckle through it.
A robust vocabulary is kindling for your literary fire. The more you can pull interesting words from your memory bank, the more you'll be able to spruce up your writing. While we're on the K-train, how about a couple of adjectives that start with the letter K? They just might make you keen to pick up the pen and start writing again.