List of Easy Words That Start With R (Great for Kids and Preschoolers)

In need of easy words that start with R? I’ve put together a list of easy – and some medium difficulty – words that are easy for kids to get started with.

R is a great letter for easy words. From short, common words like ‘rude’ and ‘rope’, to more challenging words like ‘refugee’ – there are plenty of fun words.

I hope you find what you’re looking for from the list below!

Easy Words That Start With R

Rabbit – a gregarious burrowing plant-eating mammal, with long ears, long hind legs, and a short tail.

Rope – a length of thick strong cord made by twisting together strands of hemp, sisal, nylon, or similar material.

Rose – a prickly bush or shrub that typically bears red, pink, yellow, or white fragrant flowers, native to north temperate regions and widely grown as an ornamental.

Rub – apply firm pressure to the surface of (something), using a repeated back and forth motion.

Rubber – a tough elastic polymeric substance made from the latex of a tropical plant or synthetically.

Rude – offensively impolite or bad-mannered.

Rule – one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure within a particular area of activity.

Rush – move with urgent haste.

Rust – a reddish- or yellowish-brown flaking coating of iron oxide that is formed on iron or steel by oxidation, especially in the presence of moisture.

Medium Difficulty Words That Start With R

Raccoon – a greyish-brown American mammal that has a foxlike face with a black mask and a ringed tail.

Regardless – despite the prevailing circumstances.

Rainbow – an arch of colors visible in the sky, caused by the refraction and dispersion of the sun’s light by rain or other water droplets in the atmosphere. The colors of the rainbow are generally said to be red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

Random – made, done, or happening without method or conscious decision.

Rattle – make or cause to make a rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds.

Ravage – cause severe and extensive damage to.

Really – in actual fact, as opposed to what is said or imagined to be true or possible.

Reason – a cause, explanation, or justification for an action or event.

Recent – having happened, begun, or been done not long ago; belonging to a past period comparatively close to the present.

Record – a thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account kept in writing or some other permanent form.

Recover – return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

Recycle – convert (waste) into reusable material.

Redeem – compensate for the faults or bad aspects of.

Reduce – make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.

Reflect – (of a surface or body) throwback (heat, light, or sound) without absorbing it.

Refugee – a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster.

Regain – obtain possession or use of (something, typically a quality or ability) again after losing it.

Regretful – feeling or showing regret.

Regular – arranged in or constituting a constant or definite pattern, especially with the same space between individual instances.

Relative – considered in relation or in proportion to something else.

Relax – make or become less tense or anxious.

Release – allow or enable to escape from confinement; set free.

Relief – a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress.

Religion – the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Replace – take the place of.

Replicate – make an exact copy of; reproduce.

Reporter – a person who reports, especially one employed to report news or conduct interviews for the press or broadcasting media.

Request – an act of asking politely or formally for something.

Require – need for a particular purpose.

Rescue – save (someone) from a dangerous or difficult situation.

Resident – a person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.

Resist – withstand the action or effect of.

Resort – a place that is frequented for holidays or recreation or for a particular purpose.

Response – a verbal or written answer.

Rest – cease work or movement in order to relax, sleep, or recover strength.

Restless – unable to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.

Restore – bring back or re-establish (a previous right, practice, or situation).

Retail – the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption rather than for resale.

Retire – leave one’s job and cease to work, typically on reaching the normal age for leaving service.

Retort – say something in answer to a remark, typically in a sharp, angry, or witty manner.

If there are any easy words beginning with R that you would like to see added to this list, please drop me a comment below and I’ll add them.

If you didn’t find what you were looking for – or maybe you just want more easy words – click any of the letters below to see a list of easy words starting with that letter of the alphabet:

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