The letter "M" is the thirteenth letter in the English alphabet. Did you know that it evolved from an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph that meant "owl"? Well it did, and since everyone knows that owls are wise, the letter "M" must be a most useful letter.
In fact, M is the first letter of a lot of very positive words in the English language, such as "me," "more," "marvelous," "magical," and "miracle." If you think something tastes yummy, you can string as many Ms together as you'd like to make the sound, and onomatopoeia word, "mmmm!" How fun is that? Among this long list of M words, there are many adjectives that start with M. We've rounded up our top 20.
Adjectives That Start with M
Any word that describes a noun is considered to be an adjective, and there are hundreds of adjectives in the English language that start with the letter M. It would be impossible to name them all here - and many of them you're probably already familiar with. Instead, we've compiled a list of 20 less-common M adjectives you may not know, along with example sentences so you can see how they are used.
- Macabre: Ghastly, gruesome or horryifing
Example: I think that haunted houses are macabre.
- Machiavellian: Characterized by craftiness and duplicity
Example: Cheating to win at Scrabble is Machiavellian behavior. Let's play fair!
- Magnanimous: Big-hearted and generous, moral
Example: She was very magnanimous toward the noisy neighbors, even after they kept her awake all night.
- Maladapted: Not properly adapted to, poorly suited
Example: Maladapted species tend to die out as part of evolution.
- Malefic: Evil, malicious
Example: Lying to your parents is malefic behavior and you should not do it.
- Malleable: Capable of being changed or molded, adaptable
Example: The malleable boy was easily swayed by each new trend that came along.
- Maniacal: Excessively enthusiastic, perhaps to the point of insanity
Example: Collecting every Star Wars toy is a maniacal obsession.
- Melancholy: Sad or gloomy
Example: The melancholy girl liked to watch sad movies and cry.
- Meretricious: Using false, flashy charm
Example: Some meretricious people are good at making friends, but don't keep them for long.
- Meritorious: Deserving of praise
Example: The meritorious article won the prize at the science fair.
- Militant: Ready to fight, especially for a cause, agressive
Example: Militant people can be seen as very hostile.
- Misanthropic: Disliking people
Example: The misanthropic man yelled at the neighbors for being too loud, when they were barely whispering.
- Modish: Fashionable
Example: I like to wear modish clothing when I go out for dinner.
- Monarchical: Like a monarch (king or queen)
Example: The spoilt, monarchical girl always wanted her own way.
- Monomorphic: Having only one form
Example: People are monomorphic, while caterpillers change form.
- Mulish: Stubborn
Example: Mulish people don't change their minds easily.
- Multiparous: Having given birth more than twice, or to multiple offspring at once
Example: The multiparous woman had seven children.
- Munificent: Very generous
Example: The successful couple were munificent toward their less fortunate siblings.
- Myopic: Lacking understanding, short-sighted
Example: If he wasn't so myopic, he would understand how the changes help the business.
- Myriad: An infinitely large number
Example: There are myriad different adjectives that start with M.
Unlike some letters, which make different sounds in different words, M is an easy letter to pronounce. It always makes an "emm" sound. When M is at the beginning of a word it is usually followed by a vowel - as in magic, men, mine, more and music.
There are some exceptions, like the word mnemonic where the M is basically silent. However, no matter where the letter M is in the word, or what letter follows it, you'll always know what sound to make with M.
Now we've got you started with some magnificent adjectives that start with M, how many more can you think of? Share in the comments below.