Words That Start With Y: Complete List for A-Z Vocabulary Expansion

Discover a variety of words that start with the letter Y and enrich your vocabulary with some lesser-known gems!

  1. Yacht- A medium-sized sailboat equipped for cruising or racing.
  2. Yak- A large domesticated wild ox with shaggy hair, humped shoulders, and large horns.
  3. Yam- A starchy tuber of a tropical vine, eaten as a staple food in many tropical countries.
  4. Yank- To pull something with a sharp, sudden movement.
  5. Yap- To bark sharply, shrilly, or incessantly.
  6. Yard- A unit of length equal to three feet.
  7. Yarn- Fibers spun and used for knitting, weaving, or sewing.
  8. Yaw- To veer off course temporarily when moving forward.
  9. Year- A period of 365 days (366 in a leap year) used for reckoning time.
  10. Yearn- To have an intense feeling of longing for something.
  11. Yeast- A microscopic fungus used in brewing and baking.
  12. Yell- To shout something or make a loud noise with the voice.
  13. Yellow- A color between green and orange in the spectrum.
  14. Yelp- A short, sharp cry, especially of pain or alarm.
  15. Yeti- A large, hairy, humanoid creature said to live in the Himalayas.
  16. Yield- To produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product).
  17. Yoga- A Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that includes breath control, meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures.
  18. Yoke- A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.
  19. Yolk- The yellow internal part of a bird’s egg, which feeds the developing embryo.
  20. Young- Having lived or existed for only a short time; not old.
  21. Youth- The period between childhood and adult age.
  22. Yucca- A plant with stiff, sword-like leaves, native to the hot and arid parts of the Americas.
  23. Yummy- Highly attractive or pleasing, especially to the taste.
  24. Yurt- A circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads.
  25. Yachtie- A person who owns or sails a yacht.
  26. Yahoo- A rude, noisy, or violent person.
  27. Yardage- Measurement or length in yards.
  28. Yawning- An involuntary action of opening the mouth widely and inhaling deeply due to tiredness or boredom.
  29. Yearbook- An annual publication with details of events and achievements.
  30. Yearling- An animal (especially a horse) that is between one and two years old.
  31. Yeastie- Containing or resembling yeast.
  32. Yellowness- The quality or state of being yellow.
  33. Yellowtail- A type of fish known for its distinctive yellow tail.
  34. Yen- The basic monetary unit of Japan; also, a strong desire or craving.
  35. Yeoman- A servant in a royal or noble household.
  36. Yeastily- With yeast-like characteristics.
  37. Yearly- Occurring or done once each year.
  38. Yes- Used to give an affirmative response.
  39. Yew- A coniferous tree with bright red berry-like fruits.
  40. Yippee- An expression of joy or excitement.
  41. Yodel- To sing with rapid changes of pitch between the normal voice and falsetto.
  42. Yielder- One who, or that which, yields.
  43. Yielding- Giving way under pressure; not stiff or rigid.
  44. Yikes- An expression of surprise or alarm.
  45. Yob- A rude or noisy young man.
  46. Yock- Slang for joke or jest.
  47. Yoghurt- A semi-solid sourish food made from milk fermented by added bacteria.
  48. Yokel- An uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside.
  49. Yonder- At some distance in the direction indicated; over there.
  50. Yore- Of long ago or former times; used in literary context.
  51. You- Used to refer to the person or people that the speaker is addressing.
  52. Youngster- A young person, especially a child or teenager.
  53. Yourself- Used to refer to the person being spoken to, as the object of a verb or preposition when they are also the subject.
  54. Youthful- Remaining young or looking young.
  55. Yowling- Emitting a long, mournful cry, as a cat might.
  56. Yuan- The basic monetary unit of China.
  57. Yucca moths- Moths that pollinate yucca plants.
  58. Yuk- Expressing disgust or strong disapproval.
  59. Yule- Relating to Christmas or the Christmas season.
  60. Yuca- Another term for cassava, a starchy tuber.
  61. Yuppie- A young urban professional.
  62. Yurtmaking- The process of making yurts.
  63. Yuppify- To make or become attractive to yuppies, often causing gentrification.
  64. Yutter- To utter rapidly or indistinctly.
  65. Yautia- A tropical American plant of the arum family, the tubers of which are edible.
  66. Yardstick- A measuring rod a yard long, typically used for measuring.
  67. Yawp- A harsh or hoarse cry or yelp.
  68. Yaws- A tropical infection of the skin, bones, and joints caused by a spirochete.
  69. Yearnful- Full of yearning or longing.
  70. Yearth- A hypothetical earth year.
  71. Year dot- A long time ago; from time immemorial.
  72. Yegg- A burglar or safecracker.
  73. Yeasty- Frothy, bubbly, or resembling yeast.
  74. Yecch- Expressing disgust.
  75. Yelk- Another term for the yolk of an egg.
  76. Yellowhammer- A bird with a yellow head and underparts.
  77. Yellowjack- A yellow flag signaling infectious disease onboard a ship or a tropical fever.
  78. Yelm- A bundle of straw used as a roofing material.
  79. Yenning- Having a strong desire or craving.
  80. Yep- A colloquial way of saying ‘yes.’
  81. Yerba- Used as part of names for various South American plants.
  82. Yester- Occurring on the day preceding today; as in ‘yesterday.’
  83. Yet- Up until now or by the time mentioned; still.
  84. Yets- Challenges or difficulties.
  85. Yex- A hiccup or belch.
  86. Yieldable- Capable of yielding.
  87. Yirr- To snarl or growl.
  88. Ylem- A hypothetical initial substance of the universe from which all matter is derived.
  89. Yobbery- Behavior typical of a yob; hooliganism.
  90. Yodeler- A person who yodels.
  91. Yogini- A female practitioner of yoga.
  92. Yohimbe- An African tree, the bark of which is used as a traditional remedy and dietary supplement.
  93. Yokefellow- A close companion or colleague.
  94. Yond- Distant but within sight.
  95. Yorker- A type of delivery in cricket aimed at the batsman’s feet.
  96. You- all** – Informal term for ‘all of you.’
  97. Youngberry- A complex hybrid berry similar to the blackberry.
  98. Youngling- A young animal or child.
  99. Youpon- A variant of yaupon, a holly native to southeastern North America.
  100. Yutz- A foolish or inept person.

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