Adjectives Starting with L

Starting with LA

Starting with LE

Starting with LI

Starting with LO

Starting with LU

Starting with LY

Interesting Categories for the Adjectives Starting with L

The Heroic Adjectives category include words which are fit to describe a hero/ heroine or heroic acts, while the Sporty Adjectives list is composed of adjectives that are used to modify a person who engages in athletic activities. For the Romantic Adjectives list, the words included are those which are commonly used to express affection and describe a romantic partner. Lastly, the Shortest/ Longest Adjectives include the adjectives with the least and the most number of characters.

All of the descriptive words included in the lists are presented with their definitions. Furthermore, an example on how each adjective is put into use is also provided.


Interesting Adjectives

lackadaisical: lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy

–          a lackadaisical defense left the Spurs adrift in the second half

laodicean: lukewarm or halfhearted, especially with respect to religion or politics

–          lamented the laodicean attitude of his fellow citizens

lexical: of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language

–          lexical analysis

lilliputian: trivial or very small.

–          America’s banks no longer look lilliputian in comparison with Japan’s.

loquacious: tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

–          a loquacious dinner guest.


  • Positive Adjectives to Describe a Person

learned: having much knowledge acquired by study

–          Evan is a learned man.

lean: thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat

–          his lean, muscular body

lenient: permissive, merciful, or tolerant

–          The judges were lenient.

 liberal: open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values

–          They have more liberal views toward marriage and divorce than some people.

 literate: able to read and write.

–          literate population


Positive Adjectives to Describe an Event

lasting: enduring or able to endure over a long period of time

–          they left a lasting impression.

leisurely: acting or done at leisure; unhurried or relaxed

–          a leisurely dinner at our hotel

lifelong: lasting or remaining in a particular state throughout a person’s life

–          lifelong journey

lively: full of activity and excitement

–          a lively discussion

 lucrative: producing a great deal of profit

–          lucrative fundraising events


Positive Adjectives to Describe a Place

large: of considerable or relatively great size, extent, or capacity

–          The bed is large enough for me, Tina and a friend to lounge on.

lavish: sumptuously rich, elaborate, or luxurious

–          a lavish kingdom

light: having a considerable or sufficient amount of natural light; not dark

–          The bedrooms are light and airy.

luxuriant: rich and profuse in growth; lush

–          The forest is luxuriant and provides home for various species.

luxurious: extremely comfortable, elegant, or enjoyable, especially in a way that involves great expense.

–          The bedrooms have luxurious marble bathrooms.


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Person

languid: weak or faint from illness or fatigue

–          She was pale, languid, and weak, as if she had delivered a child

lanky:  ungracefully thin and tall

–          A lanky boy in his late teens stood beside the bed

lazy: unwilling to work or use energy

–          I’m very lazy by nature.

lewd: crude and offensive in a sexual way

–          he is a lewd person by his look

lumpish: stupid and lethargic

–          He is a lumpish performer.


Negative Adjectives to Describe an Event

lame:  uninspiring and dull

–          It was a lame party.

lamentable:  deplorably bad or unsatisfactory

–          the lamentable car accident

lengthy:  of considerable or unusual length, especially so as to be tedious

–          lengthy delay of our flight

lethal: harmful or destructive

–          The Krakatoa eruption was the most lethal on record.

libelous: containing or constituting a libel.

–          His libelous interview against LaRouche.


Negative Adjectives to Describe a Place

lawless: not governed by or obedient to laws; characterized by a lack of civic order

–          It was a lawless, anarchic city.

leaky: having a leak or leaks

–          a leaky basement

lifeless: devoid of living things; lacking vigor, vitality, or excitement; dead or apparently dead

–          a lifeless planet

loathsome: causing hatred or disgust; repulsive

–          This town is loathsome.

loud: producing or capable of producing much noise

–          the loud bars


Heroic Adjectives

laureate: deserving or having a special recognition for achievement

–          battalion of Venice as a laureate soldier

legendary: of, described in, or based on legends; remarkable enough to be famous; very well known

–          a legendary warrior of the 4th century

lordly: of, characteristic of, or suitable for a lord

–          displayed his lordly title

long-suffering: having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people

–          the long-suffering guardian

loyal: giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person or institution

–          He remained loyal to the government.


Sporty Adjectives

leading: having great importance, influence, or success; most important

–          Who is the leading football team?

limber: characterized by ease in bending the body; supple; lithe

–          the limber gymnast in your yoga class

legendary: remarkable enough to be famous; very well know

–          the legendary baseball superstar

lithe: thin, supple, and graceful.

–          the lithe swimmer

lively: full of life and energy; active and outgoing

–          the lively shooting guard


Romantic Adjectives

ladylike: appropriate for or typical of a well-bred, decorous woman or girl

–          She looks fabulous in her ladylike dress.

leggy:  having attractively long legs

–          a leggy redhead

lighthearted: cheerful and carefree

–          excited, lighthearted chatter

likeable: pleasant, friendly, and easy to like

–          You are a very likeable person.

lovely: exquisitely beautiful

–          You have lovely eyes.

loving: feeling or showing love or great care

–          a kind and loving husband


Shortest Adjectives

lacy: made of or resembling lace

–          a lacy gown

laic: characteristic of those who are not members of the clergy

–          set his collar in laic rather than clerical position

laid: set down according to a plan

–          a carefully laid table with places set for four people

lame: uninspiring and dull

–          a lame excuse

Lao:  of or relating to a member of the Buddhist people inhabiting the Mekong river in Laos and        Thailand

–          Lao villagers

lax:  lacking in rigor or strictness

–          such lax and slipshod ways are no longer acceptable

lay: not of or from a profession

–          a lay opinion as to the cause of the disease

lee: towards the side away from the wind

–          start to turn in the lee direction

lit: provided with artificial light

–          a brightly lit room

low:  filled with melancholy and despondency

–          low at the thought of what he had to face


Longest Adjectives

lackadaisical: lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy

–          She was annoyingly lackadaisical and impractical.

lamellibranch: bivalve

–           a lamellibranch smooth muscle

laryngopharyngeal: of or relating to the larynx and pharynx

–          laryngopharyngeal reflux

latitudinarian: unwilling to accept authority or dogma (especially in religion)

–           a latitudinarian attitude

leptorrhinian: having a long narrow nose

–          A leptorrhinian woman can be attractive if her face is long enough for her nose.

leptosporangiate: (of ferns) having each sporangium formed from a single epidermal cell

–          leptosporangiate fern life cycle

lexicographic:  of or relating to lexicography

–          a lexicographic literature review

lexicographical: of or relating to lexicography

–          lexicographical order

lexicostatistic : pertaining to statistical methods used in studying the relations between languages

–          lexicostatistic techniques

Liechtensteiner: or relating to Liechtenstein or its inhabitants

–          Liechtensteiner castles

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