Verbs That Start With S

The letter "s" is one of the most popular letters in the alphabet, so it’s likely to find its way into your next short story or poem. One of the best ways to strengthen your vocabulary is to build out a list of interesting words that you'd like to use in your work. Then, the next time you feel stuck, you can glance down at your list and see which words pop off the page and onto your computer screen. Find some super words for your list by exploring 50 verbs that start with "s."

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What Is a Verb?

In the English language, each word has a specific place it needs to be and a specific role it needs to play in a sentence. Verbs express action or states of being. With verbs, you'll find they typically (but not always) come after the subject of the sentence and before the object of the sentence. For example, "Sandra screamed at the ghost." In this sentence, "Sandra" is the subject, "screamed" is the verb showing action and "ghost" is the object receiving the action of the verb.

50 Verbs Starting With S

The more verbs you know, the more action-oriented your writing can be. Will your next character scrabble or scramble to the finish line? As you scribble down the outline for your next plot twist, see if any of these 50 verbs that start with "s" will make the cut.

VerbDefinition

sabotage

to intentionally destroy something

sag

to droop or hang unevenly

sail

to move, float or glide smoothly through water or air

salute

to place your right hand to your forehead in a gesture of respect

saunter

to stroll or walk slowly

save

to keep or put away for later use

savor

to appreciate the smell, taste or feeling of something

scamper

to move quickly and lightly

scare

to frighten or alarm someone

scold

to criticize, chastise or rebuke

scoop

to dig or hollow out

score

to earn points, especially in a game or sport

scowl

to wrinkle the eyebrows in a show of anger or disapproval

scrabble

to quickly move one's fingers or feet along a service

scramble

to mix, stir or otherwise move around in a random way

scrap

to get rid of something that is no longer useful

scrape

to pull and or/push a hard tool across a surface

scratch

to lightly scrape or dig at with nails or claws

scrawl

to write, draw or mark carelessly or hastily

scream

to shout very loudly

screech

to make a high-pitched yelling sound

screw

to twist or rotate something in order to attach or tighten it

scribble

to write carelessly or illegibly

scrub

to clean by rubbing hard

search

to try to locate something

seek

to attempt to find something

seize

to take something aggressively or by force

select

to choose something

sell

to exchange something for money or act as a salesperson

sense

to perceive or be aware of something

serve

to present something over to someone

shake

to move with short, quick motions

share

to give a portion of what you have to someone else

sharpen

to make or become sharp or sharper; to hone something

shatter

to smash or break into many pieces

shave

to remove hair from the surface of the skin

shift

to move or change

shiver

to shake or tremble

shout

to utter a sudden and loud outcry; to yell

shove

to quickly or roughly push

show

to bring into view, teach or demonstrate

shred

to tear or cut something into small pieces

shrink

to become less, reduce or make smaller

shrug

to raise the shoulders in an expression of doubt, rejection or indifference

shudder

to shake or tremble due to fear

shuffle

to mix up the order of things

sing

to make musical sounds with the voice

skate

to glide over a surface wearing roller or ice skates

slam

to shut very hard and loudly

squint

to squeeze your eyes shut a bit to try and get a better view

Types of Action Verbs: Regular and Irregular

The words above are action verbs, as is the case with the majority of verbs. Also known as dynamic verbs, action verbs express the action of the sentence. For instance, in "She had to shatter the glass to get into her house," shatter is an action verb. There are many action verb examples. Action verbs can be regular or irregular.

  • Regular verbs change from present tense to past tense by adding -ed at the end. For example, "She didn’t scold me; she scolded him."
  • Irregular verbs, on the other hand, are conjugated into past tense differently. For example, the verb sing doesn't become "singed" in the past tense. Instead, it would be correct to say, "I didn’t sing the solo; we sang a duet instead."

The best way to familiarize yourself with irregular verbs is to memorize them. Take some time to look over this list of irregular verbs and review it regularly.

10 Example Sentences of S-Verbs

Are you ready to put your new super-sized vocabulary of verbs that start with "s" to work? Don't get ahead of yourself! First, explore a few example sentences that contain "s" verbs. Getting a sense of how these verbs can be used in real-world sentences can help prepare you to use them in your own conversations or writing.

  • In the fall, let’s sail to Europe.
  • I love to savor a nice pot of tea in the evenings.
  • Can you scoop me another bowl of ice cream?
  • She loves to scrawl notes in her travel journal.
  • Every Saturday morning, we scrub the bathrooms.
  • Be sure to sharpen your pencils before today’s lesson.
  • He managed to shatter her heart with his sharp words.
  • I do not like to shiver in the cold.
  • Don’t shove me out the door!
  • She loves to skate in the rink at Central Park.
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A Scrabble Sabotage and Beyond

The next time you and your friends sit down to a game of Scrabble, see if you can sabotage their search for greatness. If you’re lucky enough to pluck the letter "s" from the pile, you just might saunter away with a victory. See if any of these "s" adjectives will help you engage in a scintillating showdown. Then, seek even more selections on WordFinder by YourDictionary, where you can find a super list of even more words that start with "s." Or, stay focused on verbs but turn your attention to the next letter of the alphabet, where you can investigate verbs that start with "t."