Looking for negative words starting with L? You’ve landed on the right page, below I’ve put together a list of negative words that start the letter L.
I’ve included some of the more interesting, unusual, and powerful adjectives that have negative implications.
Finding the right words to describe something in the way you want can be very powerful. I hope you find the word(s) you’re looking for, good luck!
44+ Negative Words Starting With L
Lackadaisical – lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy.
Lackey – a servant, especially a liveried footman or manservant.
Lackluster – lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring.
Lagging – material providing heat insulation for a water tank, pipes, etc.
Lambast – criticize (someone or something) harshly.
Lame – (especially of an animal) unable to walk without difficulty as the result of an injury or illness affecting the leg or foot.
Lament – a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.
Languish – (of a person, animal, or plant) lose or lack vitality; grow weak.
Languorous – characterized by tiredness or inactivity, especially of a pleasurable kind.
Lapsed – no longer valid; expired.
Last-ditch – denoting a final attempt to achieve something after all else has failed.
Laughable – so ludicrous as to be amusing.
Lawbreaker – a person who breaks the law.
Layoff – a temporary or permanent discharge of a worker or workers.
Leakage – the accidental admission or escape of liquid or gas through a hole or crack.
Lecher – a lecherous man.
Leech – an aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends. Many species are bloodsucking parasites, especially of vertebrates, and others are predators.
Leery – cautious or wary due to realistic suspicions.
Less-developed – not as developed or as advanced as the ‘average’.
Lethal – sufficient to cause death.
Lethargic – affected by lethargy; sluggish and apathetic.
Liability – the state of being legally responsible for something.
Liar – a person who tells lies.
Licentious – promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters.
Lies – (of a person or animal) be in or assume a horizontal or resting position on a supporting surface.
Life-threatening – (especially of an illness or injury) potentially fatal.
Limited – restricted in size, amount, or extent; few, small, or short.
Listless – (of a person or their manner) lacking energy or enthusiasm.
Litigious – tending or too ready to take legal action to settle disputes.
Livid – furiously angry.
Loathe – feel intense dislike or disgust for.
Loneliness – sadness because one has no friends or company.
Longing – a yearning desire.
Loser – a person or thing that loses or has lost something, especially a game or contest.
Lousy – very poor or bad.
Loveless – having no feelings of love.
Lowly – low in status or importance; humble.
Ludicrous – so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing.
Lukewarm – (of liquid or food that should be hot) only moderately warm; tepid.
Lull – calm or send to sleep, typically with soothing sounds or movements.
Lunatic – a person who is mentally ill (not in technical use).
Lure – tempt (a person or animal) to do something or to go somewhere, especially by offering some form of reward.
Lurk – be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush for someone or something.
Lying – present participle of lie.
Are there any negative words beginning with the letter L you think should be on this list? Drop me a comment, I’m always open to adding more words – thanks!
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Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.