Grammar Writing Techniques 3 min2023-06-21 00:00

Words That Start With Y: 130+ Y Words

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If you want to ensure your writing is unique and engaging to read, it’s a good idea to use a rich and varied vocabulary. Try learning some Y words to increase your vocabulary for writing.

There are many words that start with the letter Y, including verbs, nouns, and adjectives. You can also use several Y words in a sentence to create alliteration, which is when consecutive words within a sentence have the same starting letter. For example, you could write about a yodeling yeti who yearns for yogurt.

In this article, we’ll give you over 130 words that start with Y you can add to your writing.

Things That Start With Y

Nouns are words that refer to things, such as objects, places, and people. A noun often acts as the subject of a sentence, so you can create some very engaging sentences with nouns that start with Y.

Here’s a list of things that start with Y:

  • Yacht

  • Yachtsman

  • Yachtsmen

  • Yahtzee

  • Yak

  • Yakisoba

  • Yale university

  • Yam

  • Yank

  • Yap

  • Yard

  • Yardarm

  • Yarrow

  • Yawn

  • Year

  • Yearbook

  • Yearling

  • Yellowstone park

  • Yen

  • Yesteryear

  • Yew

  • Yield

  • Yip

  • Yo-yo

  • Yodel

  • Yodeler

  • Yoga

  • Yogurt

  • Yokefellow

  • Yolk

  • Young

  • Youngberry

  • Youngster

  • Ytterbium

  • Yule log

  • Yurt

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3-Letter Words Starting With Y

Most three-letter words that start with Y are not that common, and there aren’t many to choose from. However, there are some popular three letter Y words, such as “you,” “yay,” and “yen.”

Several three-letter words starting with Y are positive words. For example, words like “yes,” “yea,” and “yup” are all affirmative words you can use to respond positively to a yes or no question.

Here’s a list of three-letter words starting with Y:

  • Yag

  • Yah

  • Yak

  • Yam

  • Yao

  • Yap

  • Yar

  • Yaw

  • Yay

  • Yea

  • Yeh

  • Yep

  • Yes

  • Yet

  • Yew

  • Yin

  • Yip

  • Yob

  • Yod

  • Yon

  • You

  • Yuk

  • Yup

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4-Letter Words That Start With Y

You have a lot of choice for four-letter words starting with Y, as there are over 100. We’ve selected some of the best Y words you can add to your writing.

Here’s a list of four-letter words that start with Y:

  • Yads

  • Yaks

  • Yale

  • Yang

  • Yank

  • Yaps

  • Yard

  • Yare

  • Yarn

  • Yarr

  • Yate

  • Yawl

  • Yawn

  • Yawp

  • Yaws

  • Yean

  • Yeas

  • Yech

  • Yeet

  • Yegg

  • Yelp

  • Yerk

  • Yeti

  • Yews

  • Yipe

  • Yock

  • Yoga

  • Yogh

  • Yoke

  • Yolk

  • Yond

  • Yore

  • Your

  • Yowl

  • Yuan

  • Yule

  • Yurt

  • Yuzu

6-Letter Words That Begin With Y

Six-letter words that start with Y are great for word games and your writing. If you’re working on a crossword puzzle and the clue is a Y word with six letters, you might find the answer in our list.

Here’s a list of six letter words that start with Y:

  • Yaccas

  • Yachty

  • Yakima

  • Yamato

  • Yanked

  • Yankee

  • Yanqui

  • Yapock

  • Yapped

  • Yarned

  • Yarrow

  • Yauped

  • Yautia

  • Yearly

  • Yeasty

  • Yeeted

  • Yeller

  • Yellow

  • Yemeni

  • Yenned

  • Yentas

  • Yeomen

  • Yesses

  • Yining

  • Yippie

  • Yojans

  • Yokels

  • Yolked

  • Yonder

  • Yooper

  • Yorker

Best Y Words for Scrabble

While you’re improving your vocabulary for writing, it’s a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with some high-scoring words to use in your next game of Scrabble.

The Y tile is worth four points, so using it in a word will already give you a good foundation for scoring a decent number of points. The Q tile and Z tile are both worth 10 points, so if you can make any of the words listed below containing Q or Z, you’ll score a lot of points.

Here’s a list of the best Y words for your Scrabble games:

  • Yakuza (22)

  • Yanqui (18)

  • Yanquis (19)

  • Yaqona (18)

  • Yaqonas (19)

  • Yex (13)

  • Yexing (17)

  • Yojana (16)

  • Yojanas (17)

  • Yojans (16)

  • Yunx (14)

  • Yunxes (16)

  • Yutz (16)

  • Yutzes (18)

  • Yuzu (16)

There you have it, over 130 words that start with Y you can use in your writing and word games or puzzles.

If you want to continue developing your vocabulary, check out the ProWritingAid blog for more word articles. Remember, you can run any of the words in our lists through the ProWritingAid Word Explorer on our website to see definitions, synonyms, and more.

We hope our lists help you add more Y words to your writing. 

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