It would be impossible to live in a world without nouns. Many nouns like to be dressed up, or modified, and that's where adjectives come in. They're a fascinating and colorful bunch. We have the obvious descriptors like "nice" and "smart."
Adjectives That Start with A
But, what about words like "any" and "every"? "Any" is a distributive adjective, used to single out the particular noun or pronoun they're about to modify. Let's take a look at this fascinating group of words, beginning with all the popular adjectives that start with A.
What Is an Adjective?
Adjectives have a very important role. They modify one of the most commonly used parts of speech: nouns. They provide further information, indicating characteristics like size, shape, color, and more. They answer questions like, "Which one?" "How many?" "Whose?" and "What kind?" So, with an adjective, the "friend" becomes the "acrimonious" friend.
50 Adjectives Starting With A
There are hundreds of adjectives that begin with the letter A, so they won't all appear here. Try thinking up some of your own to add to this list. It can be fun to sit somewhere you can watch the world go by and think of as many new adjectives as you can. It refreshes your vocabulary, makes you more of a crossword pro, and helps you master off-the-cuff puns.
For some reason, alliteration, or the repetition of consonant sounds, is interesting to the ear. Assonance, or the repetition of vowel sounds, is also catchy. In order to help you implement these literary devices - and more - into your writing, let's begin a study of A adjectives.
Here are our top 50, chosen because they are used so commonly in everyday speech:
to have the skills or strength to do a task
adept, apt, proficient
something that is 100 percent complete with no exceptions
definite, assured, certain
relating to schooling, learning
collegiate, learned, scholastic
of a satisfactory or agreeable level
adequate, average, decent
something that is easily reached or entered
convenient, handy, nearby
correct, without error
errorless, correct, unquestionable
when someone or something is bitter or harsh in manner or speech
sharp, rancorous, caustic
having or engaging in movement
agile, mobile, dynamic
existing at the present time
authentic, bona fide, real
a refusal to change; hard and unyielding
inflexible, resolute, fixed
extra or supplementary to what is already there
extra, more, supplemental
involved in carrying out of duties and responsibilities
executive, managerial, official
ahead in position, time, manner
ahead, foremost, progressive
creating favorable circumstances that increase the likelihood of success
beneficial, favorable, profitable
relating to the science or understanding of flight
something you're financially capable of purchasing
economical, cheap, frugal
to be filled with fear or regret
apprehensive, cowardly, fearful
of or relating to Africa or its people, languages, or cultures
Afro, Nigerian, Zulu
prone to being competitive and makes strong attempts to win
ambitious, assertive, contentious
relating to the fear of open or public places
fearful, afraid, anxious
being active, full of life
active, animate, zestful
relating to or found in alluvium, sediment left by flowing water
earthy, geotic, temporal
full of wonder or excitement
astonishing, astounding, marvelous
being able to use both hands with aptitude
mixed or contradictory ideas about someone or something
uncertain, irresolute, conflicted
a person or thing from the United States
patriot, Yankee, Yank
uncivilized, unethical, corrupt
old, often very old
aged, archaic, old
possessing both male and female qualities
bisexual, cross-sexual, trans-sexual
someone exceptionally kind or beautiful
otherworldly, heavenly, ethereal
yearly, seasonal, yearlong
unknown, usually by choice
incognito, nameless, unidentified
something appropriate or relevant
appropriate, apt, befitting
something that is suitable and proper
applicable, apropos, well-chosen
a deep level of enthusiasm or passion
fervent, passionate, zealous
derived from astronomy, this denotes something really large
celestial, heavenly, planetary
appealing, drawing attention
alluring, appealing, beautiful
anything relating to sound
phonic, aural, auditory
relating to the ear or sense of hearing
audible, phonic, otic
of or relating to Australia
done by habit
habitual, instinctive, natural
grasping, covetous, mercenary
ready for use
accessible, attainable, obtainable
common, fair, median
relating to your uncle
counseling, helping, advising
to know, see or realize something
alert, alive, apprised, knowing
impressive, inspiring admiration
wonderful, remarkable, impressive
something bright blue in color, resembling a cloudless sky
cerulean, sky blue, deep blue
There are many adjectives that start with A. After all, A is the first letter in the alphabet and one of the most commonly used letters in the English language.
In America, you want to get straight "A's" on your report card. In England, you have to finish your "A" levels before completing your secondary education. The top dog is always the "alpha."
When playing cards, the card everyone wants to have in their hand is the one conspicuously marked with the letter A, the ace.
All sentient creatures are capable of experiencing a moment of understanding, also known as an "aha moment." In these moments, the brain lights up with activity, creating a positively euphoric moment. Coincidence? Indeed not, an A is always good.
Types of Adjectives
Since adjectives are so colorful and common, there are many different types.
- The most recognizable type is the descriptive adjective. These express common ideals such as, "His house has a pretty front porch."
- Have you ever heard of predicate adjectives? These are adjectives that arise after the linking verb in the sentence. For example: "He is kind." In this example, "kind" is still an adjective, even though it doesn't come before the noun it's modifying. "Kind" is still modifying "he," keeping it in the adjective category.
- Coordinate adjectives are small groups of adjectives that come together to modify the same noun. For example, "It was a bright and sunny day."
Adjectives are far more multifaceted than we realize. They're not just words like "pretty" and "nice." Check out this extensive article, Types of Adjectives, to learn more.
10 Example Sentences
Ready to see these words modify noun after noun? Here are ten of the above adjectives in action:
- This red dress is an absolute must.
- Just ignore her acrimonious speech.
- What an advantageous position to be in.
- Why is he so ambivalent toward his own sister?
- It's time to stop living in such an amoral manner.
- His little four-year-old is absolutely angelic .
- This is an anonymous headstone.
- She's an automatic worrier.
- Let's forgo an avaricious lifestyle focused on material possessions.
- Your dad's taken on an avuncular role in my life.
Awesome Additional Adjectives
Wasn't that fun? Were you able to pick up any new terms and commit them to memory? Why not keep that pad and paper handy and see if you can jot down a few more additions with this lengthy List of Common Adjective Words? Here's to your new and expanded vocabulary