Verbs That Start With J

Updated August 16, 2021
Verbs That Start With J
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Where would we be without verbs in our sentences? There’d be nothing to propel our sentences into action. How would Joseph jostle his little sister? And how would Josephine jangle her bracelets? Read on to enjoy a long list of verbs that start with "j," as well as a short study on verbs.

50 Verbs Starting With J

Ready to explore "j" verbs? Below, you’ll find 50 of the most common verbs that start with "j," along with one of their definitions and a small selection of synonyms.





to poke or thrust

nudge, prod, stick


to talk quickly and babble nonsense

prattle, blather, chatter


to put someone in a place they can’t get out of

imprison, detain, incarcerate


to shove something in so it gets stuck

force, ram, cram


to crowd or pack to capacity

load, fill, at capacity


to make a harsh, inharmonious sound

chime, clang, clatter


to shock, shake, vibrate, or quarrel

disturb, rattle, take by surprise


to talk quickly or to jabber

chatter, gab, chit-chat


to walk across a street in the middle of a block rather than at a crosswalk

crossing illegally, cutting across


to dress something up; make it fancy

embellish, deck out, spruce up


to make fun of in a mean or mocking way

heckle, ridicule, tease


to put someone or something in a dangerous situation

imperil, endanger, expose to risk


to pull, push, or throw in a sharp, sudden motion

lurch, wrench, thrust


to travel by aircraft

zoom, fly, travel


to cast something aside or abandon it

abandon, discard, dump


to remove something by spraying it with high-pressure water

pressure wash, spray, clean


to be in harmony, agreement, or accord

agree, square with, in sync


to dance quickly by moving up and down in a lively way

jounce, bounce, hop


to move in quick, slight jerks

agitate, bounce, shake


to treat someone badly, or reject a lover

abandon, betray, discard


to pry open with a tool

prise, force, open


to create a sound by shaking small bells

clang, clatter, clink


to bring someone bad luck

curse, hex, bewitch


to be unsteady with small, rapid movements

quiver, tremble, agitate


to talk in a way that is insincere or exaggerated to try to fool people

josh, jest, tease


to change position to get an advantage

maneuver, direct, guide


to give a shake, shove or hint, as in to jog a person’s memory

activate, nudge, prompt


to bring or connect together

accompany, bind, yoke


to combine or attach

fasten, connect, adhere


to do or say something for fun

kid, tease, quip


an abrupt movement, or a shock

surprise, startle, upset


to tease in a good-natured way

jest, jive, joke


to push and shove your way through a crowd

bulldoze, elbow, forge ahead


to write something quickly

record, scribble, write

jounceto move in an up and down mannerbounce, jolt, bump, knock


to write observations or thoughts in a journal

document, report, record


to travel

ramble, roam, wander


to be in sport against another knight on horseback

tourney, spar, clash


to take a motor vehicle on an enjoyable ride

drive, cruise, travel


to shake, wobble or vibrate

fluctuate, oscillate, pulse


to decide on or form an opinion about

decide, deduce, assess


to manage various tasks at the same time

multitask, shuffle, deal with multiple tasks


to get the liquid out of something

squeeze, extract, remove moisture


to confuse something, or mix something up

disorganize, confound, get out of order


to bounce or spring from one surface to another

hop, leap, pounce


to start a car with a dead battery with jumper cables

boost, jump, kickstart


to throw away or discard

abandon, dispose of, divest oneself of


to provide an explanation for something to make it seem okay

explain, account for, rationalize


to stick out

bulge, extend, protrude


to put two things close to each other in order to highlight the differences between them

pair, line up, place in proximity


Types of Verbs

Since verbs are such an important part of speech, it shouldn't be surprising to learn that there are several types of verbs. Three types, in particular, are true heavy lifters in spoken communication and writing.

  • action verb - Verbs that highlight things you can do are action verbs. If something scares you and causes you to jitter, that is a specific action. If you tell someone you are going to jinx them, this also describes a specific action. There are more action verbs in the English language than any other kind of verb.
  • linking verb - Linking verbs don’t describe any action. Rather, they connect the subject of the sentence to additional information, which does not have to be a verb. Linking verbs are often “to be” verbs, including “am,” “is,” “are,” and “were.” An example would be, “The juice was just delicious.” Here, “was” is a linking verb.
  • helping verb - Verbs that assist the main verb by extending its meaning are helping verbs. The word "is" is a helping verb. Consider the following sentence: “Jennifer is justifying spending money on a juicer." The word “is” can also function as a helping verb to the main (action) verb “justifying,” which just happens to be a "j" verb.

10 Example Sentences Featuring J-Verbs

Sentences typically follow a basic pattern: subject + verb + direct object, with action verbs indicating the sentence’s action. As such, they put the subject of the sentence into motion. In the sentence, “Jordan juxtaposed two contrasting petals in her recent painting,” “Jordan” is the subject, “juxtaposed” is the verb, and “petals” is the direct object. Take a look at how how "j" verbs can join with other words to form sentences.

  1. Her favorite character in the book really loves to jabber.
  2. We know she’s coming in when we hear the keys jangle in the door.
  3. He’ll never jeopardize the company's relationship with a customer.
  4. Let’s jet off to San Tropez together.
  5. That color really doesn’t jibe with the theme in our apartment.
  6. He knows how to jimmy open a door with a credit card.
  7. Don’t jostle the baby!
  8. They love to journal about their travels.
  9. He doesn’t like to judge school contests.
  10. She loves to juxtapose two contrasting pieces of art.

Jump for J, But Keep Moving Forward

Now that you've explored verbs that start with "j," consider how powerful words that start with "j" can really be. They can activate sentences as a verb; indicate people, places, and things as a noun and even modify nouns as part of an adjective phrase. For more on that, explore 50 nouns that start with "j." Then, check out some "j" adjectives, too. Next, refocus on verbs and move on to the next letter in the alphabet by exploring verbs that begin with "k."