Luckily we are no longer in the Middle Ages, when the letter "v" was interchanged with the letter "u." Generally, the letter "v" came at the beginning of a word and the letter "u" was used within a word. For example, “up” was written “vp” and “have” was written “haue.”
It wasn’t until the mid-1500s that the letter "v" started to be used as its very own consonant. Interesting, right? Nowadays, we have a veritable vault of adjectives that start with "v." Let’s take a look, shall we?
Adjectives That Start with V
There’s a bit of a twist with the "v" adjectives listed below. You’ll notice that many of them end with the suffix -ous, which means “full of” or “having qualities of.” Keep this in mind as you continue to add to your own personal list of adjectives!
Here are our top 20 V-adjectives:
- Vainglorious - vain; boastful
- Valiant - brave; courageous; heroic
- Validatory - serving to validate or corroborate
- Valorous - having great valor
- Vaporous - giving off a vapor, i.e. fog or smog
- Vast - wide; large; of great importance
- Vaulting - overreaching; exaggerated
- Vehement - having great vigor or passion; fervent or eager
- Venerable - honorable
- Venomous - poisonous; spiteful; malicious
- Veracious - truthful; honest (not to be confused with voracious: greedy or eager)
- Vexatious - annoying
- Vicious - malicious; harmful
- Victorious - having won something, i.e. a game, competition, or legal case
- Vigorous - having a lot of strength and energy; robust; forceful
- Villainous - bad; evil
- Virtuous - pure; chaste; having high moral values
- Vivacious - lively; high spirited
- Vociferous - tendency to be loud, especially when giving one’s opinion
- Voluptuous - an attractive, full-figured woman
V Adjectives Practice Test
Now that you have a list of adjectives that start with V in your back pocket, you can practice using these adjectives with our quick test. Simply select from the adjectives above to complete the sentence or answer the question.
- Some might say that there are very few people in the world that can be described as __________ as the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, or Gandhi.
- If you are the loser in a sports competition, you most likely envy the __________ team.
- Name two words that are synonyms for spiteful: __________
- Which of these adjectives would you use to express physical characteristics?
- If you get bitten by a __________ snake you will need urgent medical attention.
- The actress Marilyn Monroe was often described as __________.
- In every class, there are one or two __________ students, who always have something to say.
- Which adjective would describe an unwillingness to tell lies?
- Which adjective would mean you are generally full of life?
- My boss loves to talk about himself and his high-flying career, he is so __________.
Answer Key: 1. virtuous; 2. victorious; 3. venomous and vicious; 4. vigorous or voluptuous; 5. venomous; 6. voluptuous; 7. vociferous; 8. veracious; 9. vivacious; 10. vainglorious.