145 Adjectives that Start with J (J Adjectives in English)

There are actually very few adjectives that start with J, including jubilant, jaded, jovial, jumpy, jittery, jealous, judgmental, jocose, jolly, and jagged. It’s important to note that while these J adjectives may not be as common as those that start with other letters, they can still be useful in adding variety and nuance to your writing.

Adjectives that Start with J

What Are Adjectives that Start with J?

In English, the letter J did not appear until near the end of the Middle Ages. It was the last letter added to the alphabet, and began “life” as the letter I. It was initially used in Roman Numerals to show the last letter i. For example, you may have seen “xij” for the number 12.

In 1524, Gian Giorgio Trissino (an Italian poet and studier of language) identified a distinction between the sounds made by and J. He is sometimes known as “the father of the letter J”). His contribution is important because he traced the word lineage for the word “Jesus.” In Greek, the word was spelled “lesus.” This was a translation of the Hebrew “Yeshua.”

Even still, the first English language book to include words with the letter J did not appear until 1634. The letter J has roughly 400 years of use, so while the letter Q is the most infrequently used letter, J runs a close second.

Descriptive Adjectives that Start with J

Below are 44 descriptive adjectives that start with J.

Adjective Examples
Jacketed The jacketed book was well-preserved.
Jacobean The Jacobean furniture was ornate and grand.
Jaded The jaded traveler was unimpressed by the view.
Jadish The jadish gemstone glimmered in the light.
Jaggy The jaggy rocks made for a difficult climb.
Jamaican Jamaican cuisine was spicy and flavorful.
Jammed The jammed elevator was stuck between floors.
Jangling The jangling keys were a distraction.
Jarring The jarring color scheme clashed with the decor.
Jaunty The jaunty music put everyone in a good mood.
Jawed The alligator had a powerful jawed bite that could easily crush its prey.
Jealous The jealous ex-boyfriend was always watching.
Jeering The jeering crowd heckled the performer.
Jerky The jerky car ride made her nauseous.
Jestful The jestful banter between friends was amusing.
Jesting The jesting comedian had the audience in stitches.
Jewish The Jewish community celebrated Hanukkah.
Jiggish The jiggish dance had everyone on their feet.
Jocular The jocular host kept the party lively.
Jointed The jointed toy robot could move its limbs.
Jolly The jolly Santa Claus brought cheer to the kids.
Journalistic The journalist wrote a compelling and journalistic article about the current political climate.
Jovial The host of a party with a jovial demeanor.
Joyful A child’s joyful expression on Christmas morning.
Joyless His joyless attitude towards his job.
Jubilant The jubilant celebration after winning a championship.
Judaic The Judaic tradition emphasizes the importance of studying the Torah.
Judaistic The Judaistic traditions were evident in the family’s Passover celebration.
Judge The judge presiding over a court case.
Judgmental A judgmental attitude towards people with tattoos.
Judicial The judicial branch of government is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the law
Jugular The doctor’s examination of the patient’s jugular vein.
Juiceless The orange I just peeled was completely juiceless.
Junior The junior team member was eager to learn and contribute to the project.
Jurassic A Jurassic fossil discovered by a paleontologist.
Jurist The jurist analyzed the case thoroughly before making a decision.
Just A just decision made by a judge.
Justifiable The punishment given to the criminal was justifiable based on the severity of the crime.
Justified The criticism of the company’s decision to lay off employees was not justified, as it was necessary for the company’s survival.
Jutting The jutting rock formation made it difficult for the hikers to pass through.
Juvenile The juvenile delinquent was caught stealing from a convenience store.

Positive Adjectives that Start with J

Below are 26 adjectives that start with J that indicate something positive.

Adjective Examples
Jaculable The javelin is a jaculable weapon.
Jake That’s a jake idea for the project.
Jaunty She wore a jaunty hat to the party.
Jazzy The band played a jazzy tune that got everyone dancing.
Jessant The coat of arms had a lion depicted in a jessant position.
Jeweled She wore a jeweled necklace to the ball.
Jiggish The children were jiggish as they played in the park.
Jim-dandy That’s a jim-dandy performance by the team.
Jocose He was always jocose in the office, making everyone laugh.
Jocoserious The keynote speech was jocoserious, blending humor and important information.
Jocular The comedian’s jocular style had the audience in stitches.
Jocund The jocund atmosphere at the party lifted everyone’s spirits.
Jokey He had a jokey manner that put everyone at ease.
Jolif The jolif music made the celebration even more festive.
Jolly The jolly Santa Claus brought smiles to all the children’s faces.
Jovial The jovial mood of the party was contagious.
Joyful She was filled with a joyful sense of accomplishment.
Joyous The joyous occasion brought together family and friends.
Joysome The joysome news was a relief to all who heard it.
Jubilant The jubilant fans cheered wildly as their team won the championship.
Judicious His judicious decision saved the company from financial ruin.
Juicy The juicy gossip about the celebrity spread quickly.
Junoesque The model’s junoesque figure made her stand out on the runway.
Just The judge made a just decision in the case.
Justifiable His actions were justifiable given the circumstances.
Justified Her anger was justified after she was treated unfairly.

Negative Adjectives that Start with J

Below are 20 adjectives that start J that indicate something negative.

Adjective Definition
Jabber Talk rapidly and incoherently
Jaded Lacking enthusiasm or energy due to overexposure or overindulgence
Jagged Having a rough or uneven edge or surface
Jam A difficult or tight situation
Jammed Squeezed tightly or stuck
Jarring Incongruous in a striking or unpleasant way
Jaundiced Having a biased or prejudiced view
Jealous Feeling or showing envy or suspicion of someone’s achievements, advantages, or possessions
Jeering Making rude and mocking remarks or gestures
Jeopardizing Putting in danger or at risk
Jittering Moving or shaking with quick, jerky movements
Jittery Nervous or anxious
Job-killing Having a negative effect on employment opportunities
Jobless Without work or employment
Jolted Given a sudden shock or surprise
Jumpy Nervous and easily startled
Junky Of poor quality or cheaply made

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Personality Adjectives that Start with J

Below are 27 adjectives that start with J that describe a personality.

Adjective Definition
Jaded Tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm due to overexposure or excessive indulgence
Jake Relaxed and confident
Jaunty Lively, cheerful, and self-confident in manner or appearance
Jazzy Flashy, showy, or lively
Jealous Fearful of losing something or someone to a rival, envious
Jestful Fond of joking, playful, humorous
Jesting Joking, humorous, or playful in nature
Jim-dandy Excellent, first-rate, outstanding
Jimp Slender, delicate, or trim
Jittery Nervous, anxious, or uneasy
Jocose Given to joking or jesting, playful, humorous
Jocoserious Partly humorous and partly serious
Jocular Characterized by joking or jesting
Joculatory Of or relating to jokes or jests
Jocund Cheerful and lighthearted
Jokey Given to joking or making jokes
Jolly Full of good humor and cheerfulness
Jovial Full of happiness and joy
Joyful Feeling or expressing great happiness
Joyless Lacking joy or happiness
Joyous Full of joy and happiness
Jubilant Feeling or expressing great joy and triumph
Judgmental Critical and fault-finding
Judicious Having or showing good judgment
Juicy Full of flavor, interesting, or scandalous
Jumpy Nervous, easily startled, or jumpy
Junoesque Having the physical qualities of a goddess, specifically Juno

Adjectives that Start with J to Describe a Person (not Personality)

Below are 30 adjectives that start with J that describe a person.

Adjective Definition
Jabbering Talking rapidly and incoherently
Jacketed Wearing a jacket or having a jacket-like covering
Jamaican Of or relating to Jamaica or its people
Jammed Packed or crowded tightly together
Jangling Making a harsh, discordant, metallic sound
Japanese Of or relating to Japan or its people
Jaundiced Having a yellowish or sickly appearance; also, cynical or pessimistic
Jawed Having a particular type of jaw, or using one’s jaw in a certain way
Jazzed Excited, enthusiastic, or stimulated
Jeering Mocking or insulting in a contemptuous manner
Jerky Characterized by abrupt stops and starts; also, nervous or jumpy
Jewish Of or relating to Jews or their culture
Jinx Bringing bad luck or misfortune
Jinxed Unlucky or cursed
Jobless Without a job or unemployed
Jogging Running at a steady, gentle pace
Joined Connected or attached to something else
Jointed Having joints or sections that can move independently
Judas Betraying someone’s trust, like the biblical figure
Judge Making judgments or evaluating something
Judiciary Relating to the judicial branch of government or the system of courts
Juicy Full of flavor or interest
Jumbled Mixed up or disordered
Jumbo Very large or oversized
Jumping Moving quickly and energetically by jumping or leaping
Junior Of lower rank or status; also, a younger person or someone of a lower grade or level
Just Fair or impartial
Justifiable Able to be justified or defended
Justified Having been shown to be right or reasonable
Juvenile Immature or childish

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Adjectives that Start with J

List of  100+ Adjectives that Start with J

Adjectives that Start with Ja

  • Jabber
  • Jabbering
  • Jacketed
  • Jacksonian
  • Jacobean
  • Jacobinic
  • Jacobinical
  • Jaculable
  • Jade
  • Jaded
  • Jadish
  • Jagged
  • Jaggy
  • Jailed
  • Jain
  • Jainist
  • Jake
  • Jam
  • Jamaican
  • Jamesian
  • Jammed
  • Jam-packed
  • Jangling
  • Jangly
  • Janus-faced
  • Japanese
  • Jarred
  • Jarring
  • Jaundiced
  • Jaunty
  • Javan
  • Javanese
  • Jaw-dropping
  • Jawed
  • Jawless
  • Jazzed
  • Jazzy

Adjectives that Start with Je

  • Jealous
  • Jeering
  • Jeffersonian
  • Jejune
  • Jelled
  • Jellied
  • Jellylike
  • Jeopardizing
  • Jerking
  • Jerkwater
  • Jerky
  • Jerry-built
  • Jessant
  • Jestful
  • Jesting
  • Jesuit
  • Jesuitic
  • Jesuitical
  • Jet
  • Jet-black
  • Jetting
  • Jeweled
  • Jewelled
  • Jewish

Adjectives that Start with Ji, Jo

  • Jiggered
  • Jiggish
  • Jiggling
  • Jihadi
  • Jilted
  • Jim-dandy
  • Jimp
  • Jingling
  • Jingly
  • Jingoistic
  • Jinx
  • Jinxed
  • Jittering
  • Jittery
  • Job-killing
  • Jobless
  • Jocose
  • Jocoserious
  • Jocular
  • Joculatory
  • Jocund
  • Jogging
  • Joined
  • Joint
  • Jointed
  • Joker
  • Jokey
  • Joking
  • Jolif
  • Jolly
  • Jolted
  • Jolting
  • Jolty
  • Jordanian
  • Journalistic
  • Jovial
  • Jovian
  • Jowly
  • Joyful
  • Joyless
  • Joyous
  • Joysome

Adjectives that Start with Ju

  • Jubilant
  • Judaic
  • Judaical
  • Judaistic
  • Judas
  • Judge
  • Judgmental
  • Judicable
  • Judicial
  • Judiciary
  • Judicious
  • Jugular
  • Juiceless
  • Juicy
  • Julian
  • Jumbled
  • Jumbo
  • Jumentous
  • Jumping
  • Jumpy
  • Jungian
  • Jungly
  • Junior
  • Junky
  • Junoesque
  • Jural
  • Jurassic
  • Juridic
  • Juridical
  • Jurisdictional
  • Jurisprudential
  • Jurist
  • Juristic
  • Jury-rigged
  • Just
  • Justifiable
  • Justificative
  • Justificatory
  • Justified
  • Jutting
  • Juvenile
  • Juxtaposed

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