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The English language is not my mother tongue. I’m a French Canadian father raising his boy in South Korea. As a young boy, I remember several French-Quebec words that started with the letter N that my family used. Examples: Niaiser=to fool, or Nono=being silly. But this article is aimed at English speakers…

The Letter N with a dark background

Well learning any language is a lifetime undergoing. For multilingual families, you know that languages play a vital role in the daily lives of our kids and we, as parents, spend a lot of time correcting and putting their words in the right place. (at least when they’re young)

I’ve come up with several lists on this site of trivia questions, and nifty words that start with the ‘P’ but today we will look at something similar and different! I’ve made a list of positive words that start with the letter N. Ok well, not all positive, depending on your view. But many of these can be introduced into your daily vocabulary and depending on your children’s ages, they could also benefit from these cool words. 

You’ll notice that some basic ‘N’ words are listed here, along with some cool words such as ‘Nitrify’ and ‘Nil’. Some interesting facts are that the letter ‘N’ is the 14th letter of the alphabet which means it lies in the middle of the English alphabet. It’s one of the most frequently used letters after, R, E, T, and others.

Story of The Letter ‘N’

The letter ‘N’ is pretty special in the world of English grammar and has roots that go way back to ancient civilizations. Starting from the Phoenician alphabet and making its way through the Greek alphabet as well as the Latin alphabet, ‘N’ is used a lot in our everyday language.

It’s not just any letter; it pops up in tons of positive and nurturing words like ‘nurture’, ‘noble’, and ‘noteworthy’. Whether you’re a great teacher or just someone who loves words, the letter ‘N’ gives a natural elegance to your vocabulary making it rich and interesting. It’s a key player whether you’re diving into a passion project, sharing good news, or just exploring new words.

List of ‘N’ Words For All To Use

Exhibiting an iridescent luster akin to that of a pearl.

The lowest or most abject point; the absolute depths.

An ingenuous, unsophisticated, or artlessly simple individual.

Possessing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment; innocently unsuspecting.

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A respectful Hindu greeting expressing reverence or salutation.

Lacking a designated name or appellation.

The act of assigning or bestowing a name.

A person employed to care for children in a household.

Existing or occurring on an extremely small scale, even smaller than microscopic.

An incendiary mixture of petroleum and plastic, used in bombs and flamethrowers.

Table linen, such as tablecloths and napkins.

A volatile, flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons derived from petroleum.

A small piece of cloth or paper used for wiping the lips and fingers during or after a meal.

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A sleep disorder characterized by uncontrollable episodes of falling asleep.

Excessive admiration or self-love; an egotistical preoccupation with oneself.

An individual exhibiting narcissistic tendencies or behavior.

A state of insensibility or stupor induced by a narcotic drug.

A drug that induces drowsiness, stupor, or insensibility.

A police informer or spy; a snitch.

To recount or tell in detail; to give an account of.

The act or process of narrating; a recounting or relating of events.

A spoken or written account of connected events; a story.

One who narrates or tells a story.

Of little breadth or width; constricted or limited in scope.

In a narrow manner; by a small margin or degree.

a Narwhal

A small Arctic whale with a long, spiral tusk projecting from its head.

Relating to or associated with the nose.

Just beginning to exist or develop; emerging.

A large body of people united by common descent, history, culture, or language, inhabiting a particular territory or country.

Relating to or characteristic of a particular nation; nationwide.

A sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests.

To bring under the ownership or control of a national government.

Belonging to a particular place by birth; indigenous.

The fact or circumstances of being born or having originated in a particular place.

Neatly or smartly dressed; spruce.

Existing in or derived from nature; not artificial or manufactured.

A person who studies or is an expert in natural history, particularly in the observation of plants and animals.

To grant the rights and privileges of a native-born citizen to a foreign-born person.

The physical world and all of its inherent phenomena, including plants, animals, landscapes, and other features and products of the earth.

Nothing; zero; a state of complete negation or non-existence.

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Disobedient or mischievous; improperly behaved.

A feeling of sickness or queasiness, with an inclination to vomit.

To cause nausea or a feeling of sickness.

Causing or tending to cause nausea; sickening.

Relating to ships, sailing, or navigation on the sea.

A type of cephalopod mollusk with a spiral, chambered shell.

A member of a Native American people inhabiting the southwestern United States.

Relating to or associated with a navy or navies.

The central, elongated area of a church building between the aisles.

The depression in the center of the abdomen that marks the point of attachment of the umbilical cord.

Capable of being navigated or traversed by ships, boats, or other vessels.

To plan and direct the course of a ship, aircraft, or other form of transportation.

The process or activity of accurately ascertaining one’s position and planning and following a route.

One who navigates, especially a skilled sailor or aviator.

A manual laborer engaged in the construction of roads, railways, or canals.

To deny, refuse, or object to something.

A member of a species of extinct humans that inhabited Europe and parts of western and central Asia from about 200,000 to 30,000 years ago.

Close in space, time, or relationship; not far away.

Situated or located close by or in the immediate vicinity.

Closest in space, time, or relationship; most proximate.

Almost, but not quite; closely.

Orderly, tidy, and free from disorder or untidiness.

In a neat, orderly, or tidy manner.

Nebula on the list of Letter N words

A cloud of interstellar gas and dust in outer space, visible as a bright or dark region.

Lacking definite form or clarity; vague or obscure. Nebulous is a good example of an adjective that’s rarely heard in contemporary usage but fun to say.

Absolutely essential or indispensable; required.

To make necessary or unavoidable; to compel or require.

Essential items or requirements; basic needs.

The condition of being essential, indispensable, or absolutely requisite.

The part of the body that connects the head to the trunk or torso.

An ornamental chain or string of beads, gems, or other material worn around the neck.

A long, narrow piece of fabric worn around the neck and tied in a knot or bow.

One who practices necromancy, or the supposed communication with the dead to obtain information or to perform magical rites. One of the most interesting words on my list, but maybe not great for the young kids. 

The supposed practice of communicating with the dead to obtain information or to perform magical rites.

An extensive and elaborate burial site or cemetery, especially one from an ancient civilization.

The death of living cells or tissues, typically through injury or disease.

A sweet, pleasantly flavored liquid secreted by plants and consumed by various animals, especially pollinating insects.

A smooth-skinned variety of peach.

A requirement or essential condition; a state of necessity or want.

Necessary or essential; requisite.

A thin, elongated, and pointed instrument used for sewing, knitting, or injecting substances.

Decorative handwork done with a needle, such as embroidery or needlepoint.

Lacking the means to provide for oneself; impoverished or destitute.

Wicked, villainous, or criminally evil; flagrantly immoral.

The act of denying, nullifying, or contradicting something.

Expressing or containing a denial, refusal, or negation.

To fail to give proper attention, care, or maintenance to; to disregard or ignore.

The failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.

So small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded or ignored.

To confer with another party to reach a settlement or compromise.

The process of conferring with another party to reach a settlement or compromise.

A person or thing that is situated near or adjacent to another.

Exhibiting friendly and cooperative behavior towards neighbors.

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The characteristic sound made by a horse or other equine animal.

A newly coined word or expression that has become accepted for use.

A colorless, odorless, inert gaseous element used in advertising signs and lamps.

A beginner or novice; someone who is new to a particular field or activity.

The son of one’s brother or sister, or the son of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

The practice of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs or other advantages.

A person who is extremely interested in and knowledgeable about a particular subject or activity, often to an obsessive degree.

Exhibiting or characterized by the traits or interests associated with nerds.

The bundled fibers that transmit impulses of sensation to the brain or spinal cord, and impulses from these to the muscles and organs.

Easily agitated or disturbed; tense or apprehensive.

A structure or place constructed by a bird, animal, or insect for depositing and incubating eggs and sheltering young offspring.

To settle snugly or comfortably; to lie securely within or among.

The act or process of building or occupying a nest.

A meshed fabric or structure of cord, wire, or rope used for catching fish, birds, or other animals.

A game similar to basketball, played primarily by women, in which two teams of seven players attempt to score points by passing a ball and shooting it through a high horizontal ring.

Lower; situated below or underneath.

The mythological realm of the dead; the underworld.

A user of the Internet or a citizen of the Internet community.

Formed or constructed with a net-like pattern or structure.

A net-like fabric or material.

A plant covered with stinging hairs or bristles, often growing as a weed.

An interconnected group or system of people, things, or organizations.

Relating to the nervous system or the study of the nervous system.

A doctor who specializes in the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system.

A specialized cell that transmits nerve impulses; a nerve cell.

Characterized by or exhibiting neurosis; excessively anxious or obsessive.

Neither masculine nor feminine in gender.

Not supporting or favoring any side in a conflict or disagreement; impartial.

The state or condition of being neutral; impartiality.

To render neutral or ineffective; to counteract or counterbalance the effects of something.

An uncharged subatomic particle found in the nuclei of atoms, with a mass slightly greater than that of a proton.

Not ever; at no time.

Despite that; however; nonetheless.

Never again; no more.

Having recently come into existence or being created; not old or ancient.

Recently or newly born; a very young infant.

A person or thing that has recently arrived or become involved in a particular place or activity.

New and different from what is traditional or well-established; novel or innovative. This is one of the new words I’ve learned here on my own list. 

Newlywed couple

A person recently married.

Information or reports about recent events or happenings.

A broadcast or program featuring news reports and commentary.

A periodical publication containing news, information, or reports of interest to a particular group or organization.

A periodical publication containing news, opinions, advertisements, and other information.

A person who gathers, reports, or presents news, especially for a newspaper or broadcast news organization.

A room or office where news is gathered, edited, and disseminated.

A stall or booth for the sale of newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals.

Sufficiently interesting or important to merit reporting as news.

Abounding in or containing news; full of news.

Lizard that start with the letter N. This is a newt

A small, semi-aquatic amphibian with a slender body and tail, similar to a lizard.

The unit of force in the International System of Units, equal to the force required to accelerate a mass of one kilogram at a rate of one meter per second squared.

Nearest or immediately following in order, sequence, or position.

The pointed part of a pen or quill that makes contact with the writing surface.

To take small bites or eat in small amounts.

Pleasant, agreeable, or satisfactory; attractive or pleasing.

A fine point or subtle distinction; a precise or meticulous detail.

A distinct segment of a market or environment suitable for a particular product or service.

A small notch, cut, or groove in an edge or surface.

A hard, silvery-white metallic element used in various alloys, as well as in electroplating and in the production of coins and other items.

A familiar or humorous name given to a person or thing, often based on a distinctive characteristic or quality.

The daughter of one’s brother or sister, or the daughter of one’s brother-in-law or sister-in-law.

Extremely good, skillful, or effective; excellent or admirable. One of the best words on this list and one that’s also commonly used when speaking. This nifty word has been used for a long time in our home and we tend to overuse it too…Love it. Rolls right off your tongue.

The period of time between sunset and sunrise when it is dark outside.

A cap or headgear is worn in bed or during the night.

An entertainment venue that typically serves alcoholic beverages and provides music and space for dancing.

The onset of night; the period of twilight or dusk.

A loose, lightweight garment worn in bed or as sleepwear.

A type of nocturnal bird that hunts insects at night.

An informal or colloquial term for a nightgown. Not commonly used in modern English.

A small, migratory songbird known for its melodious and varied night song.

The entertainment, social activities, and cultural events that take place during the evening or night.

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A terrifying or disturbing dream; a frightening or unpleasant experience or situation.

A plant of the Solanaceae family, many species of which are poisonous or narcotic.

A loose, lightweight garment worn in bed or as sleepwear, typically longer than a nightgown.

A short, thick stick or baton carried by police officers or security personnel as a defensive weapon.

The period of time between sunset and sunrise when it is dark outside.

The philosophical belief that life is meaningless and that all values and beliefs are baseless.

An adherent of nihilism; one who believes that life is meaningless and that all values and beliefs are baseless.

Nothing; zero; a state of complete negation or non-existence.

Agile, quick, and light in movement; dexterous.

A luminous cloud or halo surrounding a supernatural being or object in art.

A foolish, silly, or stupid person; a simpleton.

the number 9

The cardinal number equal to 8 + 1.

The cardinal number equal to 18 + 1.

The cardinal number equal to 9 x 10.

A member of a feudal Japanese society of mercenary agents trained in the martial arts and employed for espionage, sabotage, and assassinations.

A silly, foolish, or simple-minded person; a simpleton.

The ordinal number corresponding to the cardinal number nine.

To pin ## Nipper A small or young person or animal.

Pinching or biting with the teeth.

The projecting portion of the breast or udder through which milk is drawn.

Bitingly cold; chilly.

In Buddhism, the state of perfect spiritual enlightenment and freedom from desire and suffering.

A person born in the United States or Canada whose parents were immigrants from Japan.

An effort or endeavor; a struggle or striving.

The egg or young form of a louse or other parasitic insect.

Bright, shining, or glossy.

To criticize or find fault with in a petty or overly meticulous way.

One who nitpicks; a person who is excessively critical or faultfinding over minor details.

A salt or ester of nitric acid, used in fertilizers, explosives, and as a food preservative.

Relating to or containing nitrogen, especially in its highest oxidation state.

To convert into a nitrate or nitric compound.

A salt or ester of nitrous acid, used in food preservation and as a color fixative in dyeing.

A prefix meaning “containing nitrogen,” especially in explosive or flammable compounds.

A colorless, odorless, gaseous element that constitutes about 78% of the Earth’s atmosphere.

Containing or relating to nitrogen.

Relating to or containing nitrogen, especially in a lower oxidation state than nitric compounds.

The most important or basic aspects of a matter; the crux or essence of something.

Resembling or relating to snow; snowy.

To veto, cancel, or reject something.

Canceled, vetoed, or rejected.

A small, mischievous fairy or sprite in Germanic folklore.

Something that is extremely easy or obvious and requires little or no thought. 

Prohibited or restricted from flying, as in a designated area or airspace.

Lacking luxuries or unnecessary extras; basic or essential.

Not permitted or allowed to proceed; prohibited.

In baseball, a game in which one team does not get a hit.

Without any restrictions or limitations; all-out or unrestricted.

An unoccupied or neutral area between opposing forces or territories.

Straightforward and practical; no-frills or unnecessary fuss.

A failure to appear or attend as expected or scheduled.

In the Bible, the vessel built by Noah to save his family and pairs of every kind of animal from the Great Flood.

Fashionable, stylish, or smart in appearance.

Possessing high moral principles or ideals; admirable or virtuous.

A man of noble rank or birth; a member of the aristocracy.

A woman of noble rank or birth; a female member of the aristocracy.

In a noble or admirable manner; with dignity and honor.

No person; not anyone.

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Active or occurring at night; relating to or happening during the night.

A musical composition inspired by or evocative of the night.

A brief, downward movement of the head, typically as a gesture of greeting, agreement, or acknowledgment.

Relating to or situated at a node or knot.

A knot, knob, or swelling on a stem, branch, or other plant part.

Consisting of or characterized by small knots or nodules.

A small, rounded lump or mass, especially one that is abnormal or diseased.

A Christmas carol or song.

Relating to or involving the mind or intellect.

The head or skull, especially in a humorous or informal context.

A loud, unpleasant, or unwanted sound.

A device or object that produces a loud, attention-getting sound.

Making no noise; silent or quiet.

Characterized by or producing loud, unpleasant, or unwanted sounds.

A member of a people or tribe that has no permanent home, wandering from place to place in search of food, water, and grazing land.

Leading a wandering or migratory lifestyle, with no permanent home or settlement.

A system or set of terms and names used in a particular field or discipline.

Existing in name only; merely titular or symbolic.

To propose or formally enter as a candidate for election or for an honor or award.

The act of nominating or being nominated for something.

Relating to or being the case of a noun or pronoun that serves as the subject of a sentence or clause.

A graphical representation or diagram that allows for the approximate calculation of a mathematical function or relationship.

Relating to or concerned with the study of laws or general principles, especially in science.

The study or formulation of laws or general principles, especially in science.

A prefix meaning “not” or “the absence of,” used to form words with the opposite meaning of the root word.

The period of immaturity or legal minority; the time before reaching the age of majority.

A person who is between 90 and 99 years old.

A person who is between 90 and 99 years old.

Not containing alcohol; free of alcoholic content.

Not formally associated or allied with any particular group, nation, or ideology.

Failure to appear or attend as expected or required.

The state of not existing; non-existence.

Not engaged in or involved with warfare or hostilities.

The present occasion or purpose; for the time being.

A casual lack of concern or indifference; an attitude of coolness or composure.

Calm, cool, and unfazed; displaying a lack of concern or indifference.

A person who is not a citizen of a particular country or state.

A person who is not engaged in or involved with warfare or combat.

Failure or refusal to comply with a rule, regulation, or request.

Not complying or failing to comply with a rule, regulation, or request.

A person who does not conform to established norms, beliefs, or practices.

Failure or refusal to conform to established norms, beliefs, or practices.

Not following in a consecutive or unbroken sequence.

Not able to be consumed or used up.

Having no physical contact or interaction.

The principle that contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense at the same time.

Refusal to cooperate or participate in an activity or process.

Not earning or providing academic credit.

Not crucial, essential, or vital; not involving a crisis or emergency.

Not increasing or accumulating over time.

Not involving or relating to the custody or guardianship of a child.

Not containing or derived from milk or milk products.

Not leading to or resulting in an academic degree.

A shortened form of “nondenominational,” referring to a church or organization that is not affiliated with a specific religious denomination.

Not causing damage or destruction.

Not able to be broken down or absorbed by the digestive system.

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Failure or refusal to disclose or reveal information.

The practice of treating all people equally, without prejudice or discrimination.

Not intended for disposal after a single use.

A person who does not consume alcoholic beverages.

Not able to withstand wear, decay, or destruction over an extended period.

Not related to or concerned with economics or financial matters.

Not suitable or safe for consumption as food.

Not able to stretch, bend, or be deformed without breaking or losing shape.

Not belonging to or associated with the elite or upper class.

A person who is not employed by a particular company or organization.

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A person or thing of little or no importance or significance.

Not absolutely necessary or indispensable.

Not conforming to accepted moral principles or standards of conduct.

Not exempt or excepted from a rule, regulation, or obligation.

The state or fact of not existing or having no being.

Not existing or having no being.

Containing no fat or having the fat removed.

Prose writing or narratives based on facts, real events, and real people, as opposed to fiction.

Relating to or consisting of nonfiction; factual or based on reality.

A person who does not engage in or support fighting or combat.

Not capable of burning or being set on fire.

Not able to speak or write a language smoothly or effortlessly.

Not intended for consumption as food.

Not subject to forfeiture or loss.

Not formal, official, or strictly adhering to established rules or conventions.

Not related to or controlled by a government.

Not posing a risk or danger; safe.

Not capable of being inherited or passed down from parent to offspring.

Not belonging to or characteristic of humans.

Not exactly alike or the same; different or dissimilar.

The number is represented by 1 followed by 60 zeros. I’ve included a number of noteworthy words on this list but this one isn’t one of them. Cool to know but you’ll never-ever-forever use this in any way… 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000!! That’s a Nonillon… Fun stuff.

A person who is not an immigrant or permanent resident of a country.

Not native to or originating from a particular region or environment.

Not related to or involved in industry or manufacturing.

Not capable of spreading or transmitting infection.

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Not related to or caused by influenza or the flu virus.

Not associated with or taking place within an institution or organization.

Not integrated or combined into a unified whole.

Not involving or requiring intellectual effort or ability.

A policy of not intervening or becoming involved in the affairs of others.

Not intrusive or disruptive; not causing interference or disturbance.

Not involving or requiring invasion or intrusion into the body or personal affairs.

Not involving or related to investment or the investment of money.

Not producing or involving ionizing radiation.

Not involving or expressing judgment or criticism.

Not taking an oath of allegiance, especially to a new sovereign or government.

Not involving or requiring a jury.

Not related to or governed by law.

Not a letter of the alphabet.

Not capable of causing death.

Not related to or involving language or linguistics.

Not in a liquid state or form.

Unable to read or write.

Not literal or word-for-word; metaphorical or figurative.

Not alive or exhibiting characteristics of life.

Not local or confined to a particular area or region.

Not following the principles of logic or reason.

Not emitting or producing light.

Not exhibiting or affected by magnetic properties.

Not cancerous or life-threatening.

Not composed of physical or tangible matter.

Not related to or involving mathematics.

Not able to be measured or quantified.

Not related to or involving medicine or medical treatment.

A person who is not a member of a particular group or organization.

Not composed of or containing metal.

Not based on or using the metric system of measurement.

Not migratory or involving migration.

Not related to or involving the military or armed forces.

Not a mineral or composed of mineral matter.

Not capable of self-propelled movement or locomotion.

Not related to or involving music.

Not native or indigenous to a particular place or region.

Not occurring or existing in nature; artificial or synthetic.

More ‘N’ Letter Words

Not negative or less than zero.

Not open to negotiation or compromise.

Not providing or containing nutrients or nourishment.

Not based on or influenced by objective facts or reality.

Failure to observe or comply with a rule, regulation, or requirement.

Not observing or adhering to a rule, regulation, or requirement.

Not related to or involving one’s occupation or employment.

Not officially recognized or sanctioned.

Not operational or functioning properly.

Not opposing or resisting something.

Not derived from living organisms; not organic.

Not parallel or running in the same direction without intersecting.

Not parasitic or living off another organism.

Something of unequaled excellence or superior quality.

Not biased or partisan towards any particular political party or faction.

Not belonging to the order of birds that includes songbirds and perching birds.

Failure to make a required payment or pay what is owed.

Not subject to rapid decay or deterioration.

A being or entity that is not recognized as a person or individual.

Not material or relating to the physical world; spiritual or abstract.

Confused, perplexed, or thrown into a state of bewilderment.

Not poisonous or toxic.

Not having distinct poles or oppositely charged ends.

Not related to or involving politics or political matters.

Not causing or contributing to pollution.

Not porous or permeable to liquids or gases.

Not actively engaged in a particular profession or occupation.

Not pregnant or in a state of pregnancy.

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Not requiring a prescription from a licensed medical professional.

Not related to or involving procreation or reproduction.

Not productive or failing to produce a desired result.

Last Thoughts

Being a multilingual parent can be a challenging but rewarding experience. As we raise our children in different cultures, language plays a crucial role in their daily lives. We spend a significant amount of time correcting and guiding their language skills.

Today, we explored a list of positive nouns and positive adjectives that start with the letter ‘N’, ranging from basic terms to more intriguing ones like ‘Nacreous’ and ‘Nanoscopic’. I’m sure you’ve picked out a few of your favorite words to use.

By incorporating these words, with one of the most used letters, into our vocabulary, we can not only enrich our own language but also provide our children with a broader linguistic foundation. So, let’s love the power of these words and try to decipher the best way to use them in modern-day applications.  Good Luck!

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