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Words that Start with Y

This section will provide you with more information on the words that start with Y.

Interesting notes about the letter Y:

  • The letter Y is the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet.
  • It is a consonant that also acts as a vowel at times, such as in rhythm and byte.
  • It makes a long \e\ sound as in pretty and a long \i\ sound as in by.
  • It is another letter taken from the Phoenicians’ letter Waw that the Greeks used before the Romans converted it to various letters such as f, u, v, w, and now Y.

The following are a couple of examples of words starting with Y.

 

Animals that start with Y

  • Yak: large long-haired wild ox of Tibet often domesticated
    • Tibetan farmers use a yak to pull the plow on the field.
  • Yellowtail: game fish of southern California and Mexico having a yellow tail fin
    • The yellowtail sushi was delicious. 

Places that start with Y

  • Yacht: an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
    • We celebrated the Fourth of July on the lake on my uncle’s yacht.
  •  Yard:the enclosed land around a house or other building
    • Our neighbor’s yard is always full of toys and bikes from all his kids, but the grass is very green and cut nicely.

Words that describe people

  • Youthful: suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
    • When my grandmother dances with my grandfather, she gets a youthful look on her face.
  • Yokelish: (of persons) lacking in refinement or grace
    • His yokelish behavior embarrassed his elegant parents. 
  • Yeomanly: Like a yeoman: stout and true
    • The yeomanly sidekick was also the funny character in the movie.

Words that describe an idea

  • Yeatsian: in the manner of William Butler Yeats
    • His poems are rather Yeatsian in that they reflect his political opinions of his country’s hardships.

Words that describe a place/event

  • Yonder: distant but within sight (`yon’ is dialectal)
    • The party is in that building yonder, not here.
  • Yuletide: Related to Christmas.
    • She was happy to be celebrating the yuletide holidays with her gradchildren.
  • Yuman: of or relating to the language or culture of the Yuma people
    • The yuman desert was part of the Sonoran Desert in the US.

Longest words that start with Y

Long words - Y

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