39 Adjectives Starting with Y Commonly Used in Formal Letters and Everyday Conversation

Let us discuss proper adjectives in the English language. This type of adjective always begins with a capital letter, because it describes a proper noun: the name of a place, the name of a person, or the name of a thing.

It is the principle of the English language that proper nouns always start with a capital letter; this is why proper adjectives also begin with a capital letter. They are formed by adding an ending to the naming word they are derived from. Each of the following words is added at their end; ic, ian, an, i, n, or ese.

For example, Indian, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Pakistani, Iraqi, Victorian, Elizabethan, Yeastian, etc.

Scroll down to read 43 simple descriptive words starting with the letter Y to understand the adjectives of the English language more comprehensively.

1. Yeasty

Definition: a person who is exceptionally creative, a person who is characterized by spirited enjoyment

Synonyms: barmy, zesty, zestful, pleasant

Example: Everyone enjoys the company of a yeasty person.

2. Young

Definition: a person who has lived for a very brief period of time

Synonyms: adolescent, teenager, immature, child-like

Example: He is a young man

or the young one of the cow was killed in the fire.

3. Youthful

Definition: a person who is young or seems younger than his/her real age

Synonyms: sprightly, vigorous, active, juvenile

Example: She appeared youthful in the black dress.

4. Yankee

Definition: a person who belongs to the northern states of the USA, especially New England

Synonyms: American, yank

Example: He is Yankee, so he travels towards the warm Southern States for the snowbird season.

5. Yogic

Definition: someone who is interested in yoga

Synonyms: yogistic

Example: Her yogic routine helped her lose a lot of weight.

6. Yellowish

Definition: a person who has a deeply colorless or pale skin

Synonyms: faint, fair

Example: They have yellowish complexions, which means they belong to a European country.

7. Yearnful

Definition: someone who has a strong desire to get something

Synonyms: distressing, mournful

Example: He is a yearnful person.

8. Young-at-heart

Definition: someone who has a youthful appearance in spite of his/her biological age.

Synonyms: youthful, beautiful,

Example: Even after retirement, she is a young-at-heart woman.

9. Yellow-bellied

Definition: someone who has no courage

Synonyms: cowardly, timid

Example: The traitor was yellow-bellied who sold our country’s confidential information for a few bucks.

10. Yiddish

Definition: someone who speaks the language of Jewish people

Synonyms: the language of Jews

Example: It is difficult to understand a Yiddish person

11. Yodeling

Definition: someone who sings in a special manner

Synonyms: melodious, sweet-sounding

Example: He is a yodeling boy.

12. Youngling

Definition: someone who has appears young or resembles a young man or woman, the junior of an animal

Synonyms: immature, juvenile

Example: There are special caretakers at the youngling nursery.

13. Yemeni

Definition: someone or a group of people who belong to an Arabic country, Yemen

Synonyms: from Yemen

Example: Many Yemeni children were orphaned and many Yemeni women were widowed during the war.

14. Yugoslavian

Definition: someone or a group of people who belong to a European country, Yugoslavia

Synonyms: from Yugoslavia

Example: Yugoslavian people find good jobs in London.

15. Yance

Definition: an event that happens only once (old English)

Synonym: yan, former

Example: A person’s 25th birthday comes yance a lifetime.

16. Yearlong

Definition: an event that happens throughout a year or lasts for a year

Synonyms: long-lasting

Example: The patient finally won a year-long battle against breast cancer.

17. Yearly

Definition: an event that is happening or a crop that is grown annually or after every 12 months

Synonyms: seasonal, yearlong

Example: They held a yearly parent-teacher meeting.

18. Yeastian

Definition: an event that resembles the works of the great poet William Butler Yeats, or an event that is organized to celebrate the memory of the great poet William Butler Yeats

Synonyms: poetic, dramatic

Example: We all enjoy reading Yeastian works.

19. Yummy

Definition: something eatable which is very tasty, delicious, sweet-smelling, and mouth-watering

Synonyms: fragrant, appetizing, inviting, tempting

Example: I cannot control myself from over-eating when I see yummy food.

20. Year-round

Definition: something or an event that happens throughout a year or lasts for a year

Synonyms: year long

Example: You can swim in an indoor swimming pool year-round.

21. Yawling

Definition: something or the event of cruising in a ship’s small boat.

Synonyms: boating, kayaking

Example: When the Titanic sank, people were saved by yawling rescuer teams.

22. Youthward

Definition: a period of a lifetime which is leading towards youth

Synonyms: pre-planned, orderly

Example: 15 years is a youthward age.

23. Ylike

Definition: something that is similar to the other thing

Synonyms: alike

Example: This anniversary was ylike the previous one.

24. Yearward

Definition: toward the remainder of the year or in the direction of the year as a whole.

Synonyms: forward, ahead

Example: In looking yearward at this time, it is impossible to predict the end of the pandemic.

25. Yore

Definition: something or an event the took place in a time long past

Synonyms: gone, done, over, dead, buried, past

Example: There were dinosaurs living on the earth in yore ages.

26. Yon

Definition: that or those (used to refer to something situated at a distance)

Synonyms: there

Example:  Yon side of the hill, there is a valley.

27. Yonder

Definition: at some distance in the direction indicated

Synonyms: over there

Example: Light through yonder lighthouse breaks.

28. Yawning

Definition: (of an opening or space) very large and wide

Synonyms: broad, extensive, spacious,

Example: This is a yawning apartment.

29. Yeomanly

Definition: a petty officer concerned with signaling; a member of the yeomanry force

Synonyms: employee, worker

Example: He was respectful in a yeomanly way.

30. Yearn

Definition: have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from

Synonyms: desire, want, wish, lust

Example: The yearning passengers returned home.

31. Yokelish

Definition: a person badly lacking grace and refinement

Synonyms: dishonor, shame, discredit, degradation, disrepute

Example: He is a yokelish person, so no one wants to spend time with him.

32. Yucky

Definition: a person who is disgusting and messy

Synonyms: repellent, repulsive, revolting, sickening, uninviting

Example: He is a yucky person which is obvious from his dirty clothes and unshaven face.

33. Yapping

Definition: a person who shouts or shrills sharply

Synonyms: yell, cry, call, roar, bawl, clamor, bellow, cheer, squawk, screech, caterwaul, whoop, holler, wail, yelp

Example: It is difficult to toilet train the yapping children.

34. Yielding

Definition: giving a product or generating a financial return of a specified amount; (of a substance or object) giving way under pressure; not hard or rigid

Synonyms: productive

Example: The companies should hire only higher-yielding employees.

35. Yawped

Definition: an event that is full of noise

Synonyms: noisy, clamorous

Example: It is difficult to understand each other in a yawped environment.

36. Yellowing

Definition: a place that becomes yellow with the passage of time

Synonyms: fading, discoloration

Example: I have decided to whitewash my yellowing bedroom this weekend.

37. Yowling

Definition: a place haunted by screams, cries, shrieks, and shouts

Synonyms: noisy, unsilent, rowdy, clamorous, turbulent, brash

Example: No one can sleep in a yowling place.

38. Yellowed

Definition: a place that has lost its original color and complexion because of old age

Synonyms: bleached, sun-beaten, weather-beaten

Example: The yellowed walls of the resort look uninviting to the tourists,  so I need to fix them as soon as possible.

39. Yobbish

Definition: (especially of a young person) rude, noisy, and aggressive

Synonyms: hostile, violent, quarrelsome, argumentative, war-like

Example: The teachers must never tolerate yobbish behavior in the classrooms and strictly punish such students.


The above descriptive words starting with Y, which is the second last alphabet of the English language, are commonly used in our daily communication.

Sometimes we make mistakes of using the same adjective in the wrong sense, which makes the reader and the listener face difficulty in understanding what we are trying to convey. This article will be helpful to improve your vocabulary and communication skills to a great extent.

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