Nice Words Starting with I

Hello and welcome to our list of nice words starting with I!

We already know that nice generally refers to things that are positive, pleasant and constructive in definition, and can describe not only objects and environments, but also ideas, actions, concepts and people. Since it’s such a versatile word with a broad range of appropriate applications, each meaning and context of use has its own subtle shade of definition. Since we already have lists of nice adjectives, synonyms, rhymes and meanings, I thought it would be nice to categorise some lists a different way – by letter. I’ve tried to fill these lists with words that fulfil three criteria – sounds nice, has a nice meaning, and starts with I. I hope you find this list handy and maybe even brighten someone’s day with these nice words starting with I:

Before we get started, why would someone choose to spend their time reading up on a list of nice words starting with I?If you’re playing an online word game, you might find certain letters harder to work with than others. It may also help with your creative pursuits – whether you’re writing poetry, lyrics, stories, or articles, you might find yourself needing a specific vowel or letter.

As I is a vowel, it is much more commonly used than most letters and can be worth less points. This makes it worthwhile to think of more creative or unusual words. I is the ninth letter in the basic Latin alphabet, and is considered the third vowel. I is used to represent various sounds – “ai”, as in kite, “ih”, as in bill, and “ee”, as in machine. With such a variety of sounds, i is the fifth most common letter in English.

If this list has got you interested in other nice words starting with I and you’d like to have a deeper look at what our language has to offer, Dictionary.Com has plenty of categorised words to choose from. Aside from being generally helpful in everyday speech and use, these nice words can be great to use in creative expressions like stories and poems, or competitive endeavours like group games or spelling bees.

  • ink (n.) a liquid medium composed of pigment and either a water or oil base.
  • iris (n.) 1. a type of flower, usually with purple and yellow petals 2. the coloured ring around the pupil of the eye.
  • idea (n.) a mental thought or impression
  • ingenious (adj.) amazingly clever; particularly inventive
  • inspire (v.) to motivate or give mental or emotional energy to someone
  • indigo (n.) a dark purplish blue.
  • impish (adj.) cheeky, mischievous
  • imbue (v.) to give to or permeate with, give something the quality of something else
  • impress (v.) to press down so that a mark is left behind
  • inca berry (n.) a small red berry, quite sweet and sour.
  • ilex (n.) a shrub related to the holly plant.
  • indulgent (adj.) generosity; leniency
  • inclusion (n.) 1. to be welcomed within a group or place 2. a mark within a clear substance, usually used to refer to rocks or crystals.
  • intertwine (v.) to weave or lace together
  • intently (adj.) with a focused purpose.
  • integrity (n.) having a strong moral code.
  • infant (n.) a baby.
  • intimacy (n.) shared, reciprocal closeness.
  • infinite (n.) with no limits; forever
  • intrepid (adj.) brave
  • innocent (adj.) 1. not guilty. 2. lacking in experience or knowledge 3. free from corruption 4. simple and 5. without intent to cause harm or suffering, non-malicious.
  • invigorating (adj.) giving a strong, energetic feeling.
  • insufflate (v.) to breathe on something
  • inkling (n.) the beginning of an understanding.
  • intrigue (n.) mystery.
  • iridescent (adj.) colours that shimmer and change with the viewing angle.
  • ianthine (adj.) of a violet colour.
  • iiwi (n.) a Hawaiian bird, coloured a bright red.
  • iberis (n.) a small flowering shrub.
  • ibex (n.) a type of mountain goat with large, curving horns.
  • indubitable (adj.) unquestionable; indisputable.
  • idolum (n.) a mental image
  • idyllic (adj.) peaceful, calm.
  • intaglio (n.) an ornamental engraving of a figure
  • insouciant (adj.) to be lighthearted or indifferent
  • impedimenta (n.) things or objects that obstruct and get in the way
  • ikigai (n.) motivation; a reason for being and doing.
  • intricate (adj.) detailed and complex.
  • intuitive (adj.) using instinct and gut feeling
  • inventive (adj.) creative, an original thinker.
  • invaluable (adj.) extremely valuable or useful.
  • illuminated (adj.) lit up, glowing with light.
  • illustrious (adj.) well-known and held in high esteem.
  • imaginative (adj.) able to think creatively.
  • icaco (n.) a small, tropical tree that bears fruit.
  • innocuous (adj.) innocent, not meaning harm or offence.
  • ivy (n.) a type of climbing plant, usually used decoratively on walls and frames.
  • inquisitive (adj.) questioning, curious.
  • insightful (adj.) displaying and expressing an acute and accurate understanding
  • instinct (n.) an innate way of behaving or reacting.
  • impeccable (adj.) of a very high standard.
  • inviting (adj.) welcoming.
  • ivory (n.) 1. the substance that tusks of elephants, walruses and narwhals are made of. 2. a slightly off-white colour.

These nice words were inspired by and collected from my travels through different forms of media throughout my day – articles, books, song lyrics and websites (and sometimes lying around, forcing myself to think of words I like). In particular, websites like Dictionary.com, Quora, Tumblr, Pinterest, Positive Words Research, Adjectives Starting and The Phrontistery were all very helpful. If you’ve got any other word sources that you’d like to share, or have suggestions for other nice words, leave a comment or send an email.

While I do collect words, I am always careful to write the meanings myself, so if you find a definition here that looks a little too similar to another that you’ve seen, please let me know asap and I’ll work on updating my wording as quick as I can. Likewise, if you find any mistakes – meanings that require updating, definitions that need better punctuation or words that are incorrectly spelled, get in contact.

I hope you found this list of nice words beginning with I a useful read. Compiling this list was interesting and educational, and of course there were plenty of nice words that unfortunately couldn’t quite make the cut – so if reading this list of nice words starting with H has got you interested in reading more about other nice words, you can find other great collections at
Oxford Dictionary or at Merriam-Webster. Also, since I was the only one curating and editing this list of nice words, I had to depend on my personal sense of judgement and aesthetics. I have still not been appointed the title of Master of All Letter-Related Aesthetics, so if you disagree with any of my choices in this list of nice words, please get in contact and let me know!

Thanks again for visiting our site, and as always, our very best wishes to you on your internet travels – eat some fruit and look at some wholesome memes. <3

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