Verbs That Start With S

Verbs That Start With S
    Verbs That Start With S
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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."

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.



to intentionally destroy something


to droop or hang unevenly


to move, float or glide smoothly through water or air


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


to stroll or walk slowly


to keep or put away for later use


to appreciate the smell, taste or feeling of something


to move quickly and lightly


to frighten or alarm someone


to criticize, chastise or rebuke


to dig or hollow out


to earn points, especially in a game or sport


to wrinkle the eyebrows in a show of anger or disapproval


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


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


to get rid of something that is no longer useful


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


to lightly scrape or dig at with nails or claws


to write, draw or mark carelessly or hastily


to shout very loudly


to make a high-pitched yelling sound


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


to write carelessly or illegibly


to clean by rubbing hard


to try to locate something


to attempt to find something


to take something aggressively or by force


to choose something


to exchange something for money or act as a salesperson


to perceive or be aware of something


to present something over to someone


to move with short, quick motions


to give a portion of what you have to someone else


to make or become sharp or sharper; to hone something


to smash or break into many pieces


to remove hair from the surface of the skin


to move or change


to shake or tremble


to utter a sudden and loud outcry; to yell


to quickly or roughly push


to bring into view, teach or demonstrate


to tear or cut something into small pieces


to become less, reduce or make smaller


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


to shake or tremble due to fear


to mix up the order of things


to make musical sounds with the voice


to glide over a surface wearing roller or ice skates


to shut very hard and loudly


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.

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."