J Words in Scrabble

Using J-Words in Word Games

The letter “j” is one of the pivotal letters in Scrabble, due to its relatively high point level and its rare usage in the English language.

Because so many of our names start with “J”, you tend to think there are a lot of words you can build with the letter. But once you have a j in your rack, the unstudied Scrabble player suddenly realizes how few words you can spell with the darned thing.

Scrabble J WordsTo help with that particular problem, here are several lists of j-words that are most likely to help you: 2/3 letter j-words, 4-letter j-words, and 5-letter j-words.

2 and 3 Letter Scrabble J Words

  • jo, haj, jab, jag, jam, jar, jaw, jay, jee, jet, jeu, jew, jib, jig, jin, job, joe, jog, jot, jow, joy, jug, jun, jus, jut, raj, taj

4 Letter Scrabble J Words

  • A-H – ajar, ajee, djin, dojo, fuji, hadj, haji, hajj
  • JA – jabs, jack, jade, jagg, jags, jail, jake, jamb, jams, jane, jape, jarl, jars, jato, jauk, jaup, java, jaws, jays, jazz
  • JE – jean, jeed, jeep, jeer, jees, jeez, jefe, jehu, jell, jeon, jerk, jess, jest, jete, jets, jeux, jews
  • JI – jiao, jibb, jibe, jibs, jiff, jigs, jill, jilt, jimp, jink, jinn, jins, jinx, jism, jive, jivy
  • JO – jobs, jock, joes, joey, jogs, john, join, joke, joky, jole, jolt, josh, joss, jota, jots, jouk, jowl, jows, joys
  • JU – juba, jube, juco, judo, juga, jugs, juju, juke, juku, jump, junk, jupe, jura, jury, just, jute, juts
  • K-S – koji, mojo, puja, raja, soja

5-Letter J-Words – Scrabble Word Lists

  • A – ajiva, ajuga
  • B – banjo, bijou
  • C – cajon
  • D – djinn, djins, dojos
  • E – eject, enjoy
  • F – fjeld, fjord, fujis
  • G – gadje, gadjo, ganja
  • H – hadji, hajes, hajis, hajji, hijab, hijra
  • JAB-JAM – jabot, jacal, jacks, jacky, jaded, jades, jager, jaggs, jaggy, jagra, jails, jakes, jalap, jalop, jambe, jambs, jammy
  • JAN-JAZ – janes, janty, japan, japed, japer, japes, jarls, jatos, jauks, jaunt, jaups, javas, jawan, jawed, jazzy
  • JEA-JEM – jeans, jebel, jeeps, jeers, jefes, jehad, jehus, jello, jells, jelly, jemmy
  • JEN-JEW – jenny, jerid, jerks, jerky, jerry, jesse, jests, jetes, jeton, jetty, jewel
  • JIB-JIM – jibbs, jibed, jiber, jibes, jiffs, jiffy, jiggy, jihad, jills, jilts, jimmy, jimpy
  • JIN-JIV – jingo, jinks, jinni, jinns, jisms, jived, jiver, jives, jivey
  • JN – jnana
  • JOC-JOM – jocko, jocks, joeys, johns, joins, joint, joist, joked, joker, jokes, jokey, joles, jolly, jolts, jolty, jomon
  • JON-JOY – jones, joram, jorum, jotas, jotty, joual, jouks, joule, joust, jowar, jowed, jowls, jowly, joyed
  • JUB-JUM – jubas, jubes, jucos, judas, judge, judos, jugal, jugum, juice, juicy, jujus, juked, jukes, jukus, julep, jumbo, jumps, jumpy
  • JUN-JUT – junco, junks, junky, junta, junto, jupes, jupon, jural, jurat, jurel, juror, justs, jutes, jutty
  • K – kanji, kojis, kopje
  • M – major, mojos, mujik
  • N – ninja, objet
  • P – pujah, pujas, punji
  • R – rajah, rajas, rajes, rejig, rioja
  • S – sajou, shoji, slojd, sojas
  • T – tajes, thuja, unjam

More About J-Words

Every time I post a list like this, I get stray comment such as “‘jinn’ and ‘hajj’ are Arabic words”. But words like that have been used enough by English-speakers that they have entered the language, just like many English words and American slang terms have entered other language. With the era of the Internet, languages are evolving quicker than ever, and some foreign words become proper Scrabble plays.

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