Adjectives That Start with H

The letter H is a pretty interesting letter of the alphabet. It takes on its usual "huh" sound in adjectives such as happy or heroic. When placed beside certain letters, it changes to a softer sound, as in "chew" or "share." In some cases, H is entirely silent, as in honored or honest. Pretty powerful for one little letter, right?

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So, for adjectives that start with "h," we hope you're ready to discover some new highlights. You'd never guess there were so many but, once you've learned them, you'll never look back. Our list of adjectives that start with "h" will launch you into a whole new stratosphere way beyond such commoners as hot and high.


50 Adjectives That Start with H

Here follow 50 adjectives, complete with definitions from our dictionary and a list of synonyms courtesy of our thesaurus. We picked all 50 because they're commonly used and relevant to everyday conversation and writing.





something overused or trite

cliche, meme, overdone, stale


peaceful or restful, especially of weather

calm, idyllic, soothing, soporific


considered holy or sacred

blessed, consecrated, sacrosanct, sanctified


taking an active role, being involved in a situation

active, involved, proactive, tangible


capable or skilled at a given task

able, dextrous, skillful, useful


in high spirits; satisfied

cheerful, delighted, glad, pleased


something firm in texture; by extension, demanding or unforgiving

arduous, laborious, onerous, rigid


something that does damage or injury

adverse, hazardous, hurtful, pernicious


caustic or unpleasant to experience

acrimonious, coarse, disagreeable, severe


creating a dangerous or undesirable circumstance

dicey, perilous, risky, unsafe


having good health; possessing wellness

hale, hearty, sound, trim


having to do with paradise; by extension, something pleasant or joyful

celestial, divine, lovely, sublime


of great weight; by extension, difficult or depressed

arduous, cumbersome, ponderous, weighty


occurring every seven days

heptad, septad, septal, weekly


(obsolete) schizophrenic or having schizophrenic symptoms

delusional, hallucinatory, mad, insane,


the state of being dull

dozy, dreamy, lethargic, sleepy


characterized by pleasure-seeking, being self- indulgent

epicurean, sybaritic, voluptuary, voluptuous


wielding power, in charge

controlling, despotic, dominant, ruling


something frightening or disturbing

cruel, dreadful, terrifying, warped


something beneficial, characterized by improving a situation

advantageous, constructive, supportive, useful


having to do with herbs, leafy plants with various culinary and medicinal applications

herbaceous, grassy, verdant, vegetal


outside normal behavior

abnormal, eccentric, peculiar, unusual


of answering questions, to use both empirical and non-empirical methods

interrogative, intuitive, investigative, speculative


raised vertically

elevated, lofty, soaring, towering


having good characteristics, desirable

excellent, impressive, valuable, valued


characterized by being funny, causing laughter

comical, humorous, jocular, ludicrous


resembling a goat



momentous, having to do with an important moment in history

meaningful, powerful, relevant, significant


something of significance that actually happened

actual, ancient, chronicled, past


something theatrical or overdramatic

dramatic, melodramatic, pantomime, stagy


having to do with the whole system, rather than any one part

aggregate, comprehensive, entire, integrated


something considered sacred by one or more religions

blessed, hallowed, revered, sacrosanct


displaced, without a home

drifting, indigent, mendicant, needy


made at home, not purchased

handcrafted, handmade, homegrown, homespun


of or relating to only one color

monochrome, monocolor


speaking truthfully, being sincere

candid, forthright, frank, genuine


extending from side to side rather than up and down

decumbent, endwise, flat, recumbent


evoking horror or disgust

abhorrent, harrowing, loathsome, vile


causing horror, disturbing

chilling, dreadful, frightening, terrifying


relating to speech that encourages action

declamatory, encouraging, exhorting, urging


something violently opposed to something else

antagonistic, averse, inimical, truculent


high in temperature, aroused in emotion

ardent, fiery, heated, warm


extremely large

colossal, enormous, giant, humongous


of or relating to a person or people

anthropic, anthropogenic, anthropomorphic, anthropomorphous


not arrogant or overconfident, meek

lowly, respectful, self-effacing, unassuming


desiring food

craving, famished, starving, unfed


composite or mixture of two or more things

blend, cross, crossbred, mixture


overstated, presented in an excessively dramatic manner

enthusiastic, excessive, hammy, overdramatic


greater than the speed of sound by five or more times


inducing sleep or lowering mental awareness

anodyne, lenitive, mesmeric, somnolent

What Is an Adjective?

Adjectives are words that modify nouns. They are one of two kinds of modifiers in English: adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs, while adjectives only modify nouns. Adjectives can modify any noun, as long as it meets the "noun" definition of representing a person, place, thing or idea.


Types of Adjectives

All adjectives modify nouns. Adjectives can be further defined into three categories, depending on the way in which they modify their subject.

  • Demonstrative adjectives are some of the most important and widely used words in English. The answer the grammatical question "which one?" as applied to a noun. When you put words like "that" or "those" into a phrase, such as "that person" or "those cauliflowers," you are using a demonstrative adjective to answer that question.
  • Descriptive adjectives are the most common type of adjective. They define the specific qualities of the noun they modify. In the phrase "the herbal tea," the word "herbal" is a descriptive adjective for the type of "tea."
  • Quantitative adjectives are another category with only a few members but a whole lot of importance. Quantitative adjectives answer the question "how many?" By applying words like "some," "most" or "all" to nouns, as in "some voters," "most squirrels" or "all my friends" you define the amount, or quantity, of the noun is being described.

10 Example Sentences

Here we've presented 10 sentences that use our adjectives in a common setting. For more help with sentence structure, check out our sentence variety examples and articles on compound and declarative sentences.

  1. Debbie took on some harsh new workouts to improve her conditioning.
  2. On her run home, Debbie she stopped for some herbal tea and a scone.
  3. Debbie got through her work week and settled in for her hebdomadal cheat day.
  4. She enjoyed her day off dieting, enjoying homemade brownies and some wine.
  5. Starting from that natural high, she felt mentally and physically healthy going into the next week.
  6. Monday arrived with its usual troubles, including a frustrating conversation with a hostile customer.
  7. She went home happy, however, thanks to some hilarious jokes from a coworker.
  8. She limbered up with some horizontal stretches before going on her evening run.
  9. The rhythm of the air conditioner was almost hypnotic as she returned home.
  10. Settling into bed, Debbie drifted into a halcyon night's sleep.

H Is Handy to Have

The letter H provides a fascinating study, given its ability to affect other letters of the alphabet, stand strongly alone, or be totally silent. Whenever it's the first letter of a word, it's almost always going to take on its classic sound (save for a few silences). Are you ready to get even more interesting? Let's move on to Adjectives That Start with I. Will your impeccable memory lead to an even more incredible vocabulary?