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.
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
|jounce||to move in an up and down manner||bounce, jolt, bump, knock|
to write observations or thoughts in a journal
document, report, record
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
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.
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.
- Her favorite character in the book really loves to jabber.
- We know she’s coming in when we hear the keys jangle in the door.
- He’ll never jeopardize the company's relationship with a customer.
- Let’s jet off to San Tropez together.
- That color really doesn’t jibe with the theme in our apartment.
- He knows how to jimmy open a door with a credit card.
- Don’t jostle the baby!
- They love to journal about their travels.
- He doesn’t like to judge school contests.
- She loves to juxtapose two contrasting pieces of art.
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."