The origin of the letter "l" can be traced back to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Egyptian symbol for "l" was represented by the figure of a lion. Maybe that explains why the capital letter "L" has such a majestic quality. It then went through many different forms with the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, only to evolve into its present angular shape.
From labyrinthine to lyrical, the letter "l" can settle into words with a wealth of different meanings. Let's get ready to lollygag through a long list of adjectives starting with "l" and see which ones stick in your memory bank.
List of 50 Adjectives That Start With L
Here are our top 50 adjectives that start with "l":
- lackadaisical - showing absolutely no interest or enthusiasm
- lackluster - boring or without much energy; dull
- lacy - trimmed with or covered in lace; having a lace-like appearance
- ladylike - proper behavior, exhibiting manners suitable for a lady
- lame - weak or unconvincing; having an injured leg or foot
- lanky - very tall and thin
- lamentable - bad or unsatisfactory
- languid - without energy, enthusiasm, sluggish
- large - sizable, having an extensive capacity
- lascivious - expressing lust or desire
- late - after expected or allowed; just before the end of something
- latent - something present within someone or something but rarely used
- latter - the second of two; closer to the end than the beginning
- laudable - worthy of being praised
- laureled - adorned or crowned to signify victory
- lavender - light purple in color
- lavish - generous or liberal in giving; elaborate, luxurious
- lawful - legal, consistent with what is allowed under the law
- lawless - not legal, done without consideration for what the law requires
- lax - someone or something that's not strict or firm; loose, slack
- lazy - lacking effort or energy; without a drive to work or accomplish tasks
- leaden - to feel sluggish, slow, or lacking in energy
- leafless - without any leaves
- leaflike - resembling a leaf in shape or appearance
- leathery - dried out with a texture that is tough
- leafy - having quite a few leaves
- lethal - harmful, destructive, causing (or likely to cause) death
- lecherous - given to excessive, offensive desire
- leftover - surplus amount, quantity remaining after original use
- legible - text that is sufficiently clear to be read
- legitimate - something that is obtained or owned in an appropriate or legal manner
- lemonlike - having a tart and/or sour flavor similar to that of a lemon
- lengthy - taking a long time, protracted
- lenient - someone or something that's not harsh or strict
- liable - being accountable or responsible for something
- lifelong - remaining throughout the entirety of someone’s life
- lifesize - something that is as large as the person or items it depicts
- likable - having a pleasant demeanor that people find easy to like
- limber - able to move smoothly, flexible
- literate - having the ability to read and write
- loaded - filled completely; having an excessive amount or an abundance of something
- logical - conclusion derived via sound reasoning, fact-based reasoning
- loopy - slightly crazy, confused, eccentric
- loquacious - very talkative
- loutish - uncouth or aggressive
- lowly - low in status or humble
- lucid - understandable, information that is expressed clearly
- lucky - positive outcome that occurs by chance
- lugubrious - sad, dismal, gloomy, especially in an exaggerated way
- luxuriant - relating to richness and extravagance; lush, fertile
Example Sentences With L-Adjectives
Whether you’re using an L-adjective to describe someone or something, there are plenty of ways to use these descriptive words in sentences.
- I am hungry enough to eat a large pizza by myself.
- I’m hoping for a low-cost vacation rental this late in the season.
- Susie is the lawful owner of a vacation home at the beach.
- My homeroom teacher is pretty lax with the rules.
- To harvest dried beans, let the pods get leathery on the vine.
- I’m looking forward to eating leftover soup for lunch tomorrow.
- Bob’s class notes are surprisingly legible.
- I prefer sodas with a lemonlike flavor over colas.
- The commencement speech was too lengthy for my liking.
- The new student in my class seems likable enough.
- Lisa and I have a lifelong friendship.
- Tracy says that she feels very limber after completing a yoga class.
- I am not very literate with regards to medical terminology.
- My favorite menu item at that restaurant is a loaded baked potato.
- Becoming general manager seems like a logical step up from assistant manager.
- I felt a bit loopy after taking pain medication for my injury.
- I’ll be just a lowly freshman when I start college next year.
- It takes a little while for me to be lucid after waking up from a deep sleep.
- I got lucky with my first gardening experience.
- I’m looking forward to a lazy and relaxing day at the spa.
L-Adjectives Practice Test
Now that you have a lovely list of adjectives that start with "l" in your back pocket, you can practice using these adjectives in a sentence with a quick practice test. Simply select from the adjectives above to complete the sentences. Please note that it is possible for more than one word to fit.
- Since Marta broke up with her boyfriend she has been feeling very __________. She needs some cheering up!
- I'm so mad at Joe because he forgot to pick me up at the airport. When I asked him why, he made some ___________ excuse.
- Everyone loves Mr. York because he is quite ___________ when it comes to giving homework.
- The play got bad reviews in the paper, mostly because of the main actor's ___________ performance.
- Although Tim comes across as ______________, he is not always silly and is actually very smart.
- I don't go to that cafe anymore because the waiters are so ______________. It is like they do not want to be working.
- My friend spared no expense on her ______________ wedding reception.
- Michelle has a ______________ artistic side. She used to paint 10 years ago.
Answer Key: 1. languid or lugubrious; 2. lame; 3. lax or lenient; 4. lackluster; 5. loopy; 6. lackadaisical; 7. lavish; 8. Latent
You may also find these adjective worksheets to be helpful.
Expand Your Descriptive Language Skills
Of course, there are different types of adjectives. Once you practice using these adjectives that start with "l," review a list of common adjectives that start with a variety of different letters. From there, explore some positive adjectives and consider how to most effectively incorporate them into your vocabulary. You’ll be on your way to effectively using descriptive words in your writing and conversations.