108 Adjectives That Start With T

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Alright, if you’ve poked around our site you’ll notice we have done similar guides for adjectives that start with N and adjectives beginning with R. So there’s no need to re-hash the spiel. But what about adjectives that start with T? you ask. Great question. Before we dive into the nuances, I’ll kick things off with the good stuff.

Just Over 100 Adjectives That Start With T

1TactfulShowing sensitivity and diplomacy in dealing with others
2TailoredMade or adapted for a particular purpose or person
3TalkativeFond of or given to talking
4TallOf greater than average height
5TameNot dangerous or frightened; domesticated
6TangiblePerceptible by touch
7Tangy*Having a sharp taste or smell
8Tardy*Delayed; slow in action
9TatteredOld and torn; in poor condition
10TastefulShowing good aesthetic judgment or appropriate behavior
11TastelessLacking flavor; lacking aesthetic judgment
12Tasty*Having a pleasant, distinct flavor
13Tatty*Worn and shabby; in poor condition
14TaxingPhysically or mentally demanding
15TeachableCapable of being taught; receptive to instruction
16TearfulFull of or inclined to tears
17TediousToo long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous
18TeenageRelating to teenagers
19TeenyVery small; tiny
20Teeny-tiny*Extremely small
21TeethingIn the process of growing teeth
22TechnicalRelating to a particular subject, art, or craft, or its techniques
23TechnologicalRelating to or using technology
24TediousToo long, slow, or dull; tiresome or monotonous
25TelepathicCapable of transmitting thoughts to others without speaking
26TemperateShowing moderation or self-restraint
27Temporary*Lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent
28TenaciousTending to keep a firm hold of something; clinging or adhering closely
29TenderShowing gentleness and concern or sympathy
30TenseUnable to relax because of nervousness, anxiety, or stimulation
31TenuousVery weak or slight
32TepidOnly slightly warm; lukewarm
33TerribleExtremely bad or serious
34TerrificOf great size, amount, or intensity
35TerritorialRelating to the ownership of an area of land or sea
36TerrorizedFilled with fear
37TestyEasily irritated; impatient and somewhat bad-tempered
38ThankfulPleased and relieved; expressing gratitude
39TheatricalExaggerated and excessively dramatic
40ThematicRelating to a particular subject or theme
41TheoreticalConcerned with or involving the theory of a subject or area of study rather than its practical application
42TherapeuticRelating to the healing of disease
43ThickWith opposite sides or surfaces that are far apart
44ThievishGiven to or characterized by stealing
45ThinHaving opposite surfaces or sides close together
46Thirsty*Feeling a need to drink something
47Thorny*Having many thorns or thorn-like projections
48ThoughtfulShowing consideration for the needs of other people
49ThreadbareBecoming thin and tattered with age
50ThreatenedFeeling a sense of danger
51ThreateningHaving a hostile or frightening quality
52Thrifty*Using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully
53ThrilledFeeling intense excitement
54ThrillingCausing excitement and pleasure
55ThrobbingBeating with a strong, regular rhythm
56ThunderousMaking a loud, rumbling noise
57TimelessNot affected by the passage of time or changes in fashion
58TimidShowing a lack of courage or confidence
59Tiny*Very small
60TiptopOf the very best kind
61TiresomeCausing one to feel bored or annoyed
62Toasty*Warm and comfortable
63ToddlersRelating to very young children who are just learning to walk
64TogetherSelf-confident, level-headed, or well-organized
65TolerantShowing willingness to allow the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with
66ToothsomeTemptingly tasty
67TopicalRelating to current events or issues
68TopmostHighest in position or rank
69TorrentialFalling rapidly and in copious quantities
70TortuousFull of twists and turns
71TotalComplete; absolute
72ToughStrong enough to withstand adverse conditions or rough handling
73ToweringExtremely tall, especially in comparison with the surroundings
75TractableEasy to control or influence
76TraditionalExisting in or as part of a tradition; long-established
77TragicCausing or characterized by extreme distress or sorrow
78TranquilFree from disturbance; calm
79TranscendentBeyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience
80TransferableCapable of being transferred or conveyed from one person or place to another
81TransformativeCausing a marked change in someone or something
82TransientLasting only for a short time; impermanent
83TransparentAllowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen
84TransversalLying or extending across or in a cross direction
85TrappedUnable to escape from a place or situation
86TreacherousGuilty of or involving betrayal or deception
87TreasuredKept carefully because of its value
88TremendousVery great in amount, scale, or intensity
89TremulousShaking or quivering slightly
90TriangularShaped like a triangle
91Tricky*Deceptive or difficult to deal with
92TriflingUnimportant or trivial
93TrimNeat and smart in appearance
94TriteOverused and consequently of little import; lacking originality
95TriumphantHaving won a battle or contest; victorious
96TropicalRelating to the tropics
97TroublesomeCausing difficulty or annoyance
98TrustingShowing or tending to have a belief in a person’s honesty or sincerity; not suspicious
99Trustworthy*Able to be relied on as honest or truthful
100TruthfulTelling or expressing the truth
101TubularHaving the shape of a tube
102TumultuousMaking a loud, confused noise; uproarious
103TunefulHaving a pleasant and melodious sound
104TurbulentCharacterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion
105TwinBeing one of two offspring produced at a birth
106TwistedForced out of its natural or proper shape; crumpled
107TypicalHaving the distinctive qualities of a particular type of person or thing
108TyrannicalExercising power in a cruel or arbitrary way

*I avoid using adjectives that end in y

What Exactly Are Adjectives?

That’s a great question and one I’ve already answered in a previous guide. But here’s a quick snippet from the dictionary:

“[adjectives are a class of words] typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else.”

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There are — from my research — 15 different types of adjectives. I’ve listed them below (simply click on each one for a brief description and example).


Give more information about the general qualities. Example: Big, noisy crowd.


Tell how much or how many. Example: Three dogs, several apples.


Point out specific items. Example: This cake, those cars.


Show ownership or belonging. Example: My book, their house.


Used in questions. Example: Which shirt do you like?


Refer to members of a group separately, not collectively. Example: Each day, every hour.


Refer to non-specific objects or people. Example: Many people, several times.


Derived from proper nouns. Example: I like Italian food.


Formed by combining two words. Example: The ice-cold water.


Define the noun as specific or unspecific. Example: A, and, and the.


Express numbers and amounts. Example: First, second, one, two, three.


Follows a linking verb and describes the subject. Example: The shoes look expensive.


Derived from a verb, used as an adjective. Example: A running horse, melted ice cream.


Compare two things. Example: She is taller than her sister.


Compare more than two things, showing the highest degree. Example: He is the fastest runner.

Good Examples of Adjectives in Writing

If you still haven’t figured out how to properly use adjectives that start with T in your writing, how about reviewing some of the great writers who managed to figure it out.

Sure! Here are five examples of good uses of adjectives beginning with the letter “T” from various fiction and non-fiction sources, including appropriate citations:

TactfulPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:

“Elizabeth tried to be tactful in her refusal, aware that her words could easily hurt Mr. Collins’ pride.”

In this quote, Austen uses “tactful” to describe Elizabeth’s careful and considerate manner in refusing Mr. Collins’ proposal, highlighting her sensitivity and social grace.

TangibleThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger:

“I started to feel a little more comfortable, because a tangible thing, like the feel of the leather seat, can make you feel more at home.”

Salinger uses “tangible” to emphasize the physical comfort provided by the leather seat, contrasting it with the abstract discomfort Holden often feels.

TumultuousThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . . I shook hands with him; it seemed silly not to, for I felt suddenly as though I were talking to a child. Then he went into the jewelry store to buy a pearl necklace—or perhaps only a pair of cuff buttons—ridiculously expensive, for Daisy. I watched him walking back to the house with his girl beside him. They had left their cars blocking the road.”

Fitzgerald uses “tumultuous” to describe the chaotic and disruptive nature of Tom and Daisy’s lives and actions, illustrating their carelessness and the resulting turmoil.

TimidTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:

“She was a timid little girl who always kept to herself, speaking so softly that you had to strain to hear her.”

Lee uses “timid” to portray the character’s shyness and lack of confidence, creating a vivid image of her reserved nature.

TremendousMoby-Dick by Herman Melville:

“There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath… A tremendous hint of the unspeakable terrors of the deep.”

Melville uses “tremendous” to convey the immense and awe-inspiring nature of the sea, emphasizing its mysterious and terrifying aspects.


Hopefully, you found the right adjective beginning with T. If not, I hope you learned something new about adjectives. Again, feel free to peruse our other guides on adjectives.

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