Did you know that the last letter added to the alphabet was the letter J? Thanks to the Italian Renaissance grammarian named Gian Giorgio Trissino (aka father of the letter J) words with J started to exist. The letter J was originally not a letter at all. It was used simply as a finishing letter to Roman numerals ending in “I”. It was not until 1524 when both I and J were distinguished from each other.
Funny words with J
The word is actually from a nonsensical poem “Jaberwocky” which is a sequel of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Based on the literary piece from which it was derived, jabberwocky means nonsense, babble, or gibberish. Its meaning comes from the way it was used in the poem itself. Over time, jabberwocky gained several meanings and has been widely used in famous literary pieces and adapted in various media and entertainment forms.
No factual or scientific data is available to describe a jackalope since it is a mythical creature from North American folklore. It is described as a mammal that resembles a jackrabbit but with horns. It was claimed to have existed during the 1800 and became extinct a decade or so before the year 1900.
Derived from the German language, katzenjammer is one of the words with J that refers to an animal sound, specifically the sound produced by a wailing cat. It may also mean a depressing state of emotion or may be associated with a hangover as result of alcohol.
In the world of word games, the letter J is one of the valuable and scarce letters. For instance, the value of the letter J in Hasbro’s Scrabble is 8 (2nd highest value) while it is 10 (highest score) in Bertheussen IT’s Wordfeud and Zynga’s Words with Friends. A comprehensive list of non-proper noun words with J is clearly very useful to Scrabble, Wordfeud, and Words with Friends players.
List of Words with J
Two-Letter words with J
JA and JO are the only valid 2-letter words with j.
JA is the German form of yes. Although ja is a valid word in the international tournament play, it is not found in Merriam-Webster’s Official SCRABBLE® Players Dictionary, 4th Edition.
JO is another word for sweetheart, darling or beloved one. Its plural form is “joes” and it traces its origin back to the Scots.
Add “Y” to JA and JO and you will form “jay” and “joy.” These two high-scoring words can become more high-scoring when you use them to make parallel plays (forming words parallel to each other).
Three-Letter words with J
HAJ, RAJ and TAJ are the only valid 3-letter words ending with j.
HAJ is an Arabic word which means “pilgrimage.” HAJ is a variant of hadj and hajj.
RAJ is a Hindi word. Among its synonyms are rule, govern, and sovereignty.
TAJ is of Persian and Arabic origins. It means “crown” or “crest”. In Muslim countries, it is the term used to refer to the tall, canonical (sometimes curved) caps distinctively worn by male and female Muslims. The Taj Mahal in India is the most well-known and photographed mausoleum in the world.
There are 22 more valid 3-letter J words, these are JAB, JAG, JAM, JAR, JAW, JAY, JEE, JET, JEU, JIB, JIG, JIN, JOB, JOE, JOG, JOT, JOW, JOY, JUG, JUN, JUS, and JUT.
Four-Letter words with J
JINX, JOKY and JEUX are J words that would assure you of at least 18 points each time you play them (provided you are using no blanks).
JINX may mean “to bring bad luck” but playing the word “jinx” definitely means good fortune to the player.
JOKY is an adjective used to describe something or someone funny. Its variant is jokey.
JEUX is the plural form of the French word jeu – “game”.
Five-Letter words with J
Ten of the highest-scoring 5-letter words with J are JACKY, JIFFY, JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY.
JACKY and JIFFY, without blank tiles; these two words are worth at least 21 points each. JACKY, written in lowercase, is another word for sailor. Native Australians are collectively called Jacky or Jackie (with letter J written in uppercase). JIFFY, the origin of this word is uncertain. Its synonyms include instant, second, and flash.
The following words are worth at least 19 points each: JIMMY, JEMMY, JUMPY, JOKEY, JUNKY, JIMPY, JAMMY and JERKY. JIMMY (US) and JEMMY (British) both refer to a crowbar used to forcibly open doors.
Six-Letter words with J
MUZJIK, BANJAX and HIJACK are the top 3 highest scoring 6-letter J words. MUZJIK is worth at least 28 points, while the remaining two are each worth 22 points.
MUZJIK or muzhik is a Russian word for “peasant”. Muzjiks, JOUSTED, JUKEBOX and FLAPJACK are words with J which are in HowStuffWorks.com’s list of 20 words a scrabble player must know.