List of Action Words That Start With J (Positive Verbs)

Need some action words that start with J to describe an action, state, or occurrence exactly how you want to?

In this article, I’ve put together a list of action words – or verbs – to help you do exactly that.

Finding the right word can be extremely powerful when describing or explaining something. It’s always worth the time looking for the correct word.

Verbs are action words, you should be able to find the word you’re looking for from the list below:

Action Words That Start With J

Jab – poke roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed.

Jabber – talk in a rapid, excited, and often incomprehensible way.

Jail – put (someone) in jail.

Jam – squeeze or pack tightly into a specified space.

Jangle – make or cause to make a ringing metallic sound, typically a discordant one.

Jar – send a painful or damaging shock through (something, especially a part of the body).

Jaw – talk at length; chatter.

Jaywalk – cross or walk in the street or road unlawfully or without regard for approaching traffic.

Jazz – play or dance to jazz music.

Jeer – make rude and mocking remarks, typically in a loud voice.

Jeopardize – put (someone or something) into a situation in which there is a danger of loss, harm, or failure.

Jerk – move or cause to move with a jerk.

Jest – speak in a joking way.

Jet – spurt out in jets.

Jettison – throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.

Jetwash – rapidly moving gases expelled from a jet engine; it is extremely turbulent but of short duration.

Jibe – make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer.

Jig – dance a jig.

Jiggle – move about quickly from side to side or up and down.

Jilt – suddenly reject or abandon (a lover).

Jimmy – force open (a window or door) with a jemmy.

Jingle – make or cause to make a light metallic ringing sound.

Jinx – bring bad luck to; cast an evil spell on.

Jitter – act nervously.

Jive – perform the jive or a similar dance to popular music.

Jockey – struggle by every available means to gain or achieve something.

Jog – run at a steady gentle pace, especially on a regular basis as a form of physical exercise.

Join – link; connect.

Joint – provide or fasten (something) with joints.

Joke – make jokes; talk humorously or flippantly.

Jolt – push or shake (someone or something) abruptly and roughly.

Josh – tease (someone) in a playful way.

Jostle – push, elbow, or bump against (someone) roughly, typically in a crowd.

Jot – write (something) quickly.

Jounce – jolt or bounce.

Journal – write in a journal or diary.

Journey – travel somewhere.

Joust – (of a medieval knight) engage in a sporting contest in which two opponents on horseback fight with lances.

Joyride – to go on a joyride.

Jubilate – show great happiness; rejoice.

Judder – (especially of something mechanical) shake and vibrate rapidly and with force.

Judge – form an opinion or conclusion about.

Juggle – continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others.

Juice – extract the juice from (fruit or vegetables).

Jumble – mix up in a confused or untidy way.

Jump – push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in one’s legs and feet.

Jumpstart – start (a car with a flat battery) with jump leads or by a sudden release of the clutch while the car is being pushed.

Junk – discard or abandon unceremoniously.

Justify – show or prove to be right or reasonable.

Jut – extend out, over, or beyond the main body or line of something.

Juxtapose – place or deal with close together for contrasting effect.

If there are any action words beginning with J that you think are missing from the list, please drop me a comment below and I’ll add them to help others.

Additionally, if you want more action words or verbs starting with other letters of the alphabet, just click one of the letters of the alphabet from the grid below:

Lists of Action Words and Verbs From Other Letters of the Alphabet:


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