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Alphabetical List of Entries

~ I/J ~

I, Is in English considered both as a vowel and consonant; though, since the vowel and consonant differ in their form as well as sound, they may be more properly accounted two letters.

I vowel has a long sound, as fine, thine, which is usually marked by an e final; and a short sound, as fin, thin. Prefixed to e it makes a diphthong of the same sound with the soft i, or double e, ee: thus field, yield, are spoken as feeld, yeeld; except friend, which is spoken frend. Subjoined to a or e it makes them long, as fail, neigh; and to o makes a mingled sound, which approaches more nearly to the true notion of a diphthong, or sound composed of the sounds of two vowels, than any other combination of vowels in the English tongue, as oil, coin. The sound of i before another i, and at the end of a word, is always expressed by y.

J consonant has invariably the same sound with that of g in giant; as jade, jet, jilt, jolt, just.

I
I (personal pronoun)
I'd
Iambick
Iatroleptick
Ice (noun)
Ice (verb)
Icehouse
Ichneumon
Ichneumonfly
Ichnography
Ichor
Ichorous
Ichthyology
Ichthyophagy
Icicle
Iciness
Icon
Iconoclast
Iconology
Icterical
Icy
Idea
Ideal
Ideally
Identical
Identick
Identity
Ides
Idiocrasy
Idiocratical
Idiocy
Idiom
Idiomatical
Idiomatick
Idiopathy
Idiosyncrasy
Idiot
Idiotism
Idle (adjective)
Illaqueate
Illaqueation
Illation
Illative
Illaudable
Illaudably
Illegal
Illegality
Illegally
Illegible
Illegitimacy
Illegitimate
Illegitimately
Illegitimation
Illeviable
Illfavoured
Illfavouredly
Illfavouredness
Illiberal
Illiberality
Illiberally
Illicit
Illighten
Illimitable
Illimitably
Illimited
Illimitedness
Illiterate
 Illiterateness
Illiterature
Illnature
Illnatured
Illnaturedly
Illnaturedness
Illness
Illogical
Illogically
Imbibe
Imbiber
Imbibition
Immusical
Immutability
Immutable
Immutably
Imp (noun)
Imp (verb)
Impact
Impaint
Impair (noun)
Impair (verb active)
Impair (verb neuter)
Impairment
Impalpable
Imparadise
Imparity
Impark
Impart
Improbable
In (composition)
Inactive
Inchoate
Indubitable
Ingeny
Inspissate
Integument
Intellectual
Internecine
Internecion
Internuncio
Interview
Intestine (adjective)
Inustion
Inutile
Inutility
Invader
Invent
Inventer
Invention
Inventive
Inventor
Inventress
Invoice
Irregular
Jabber
Jabberer
Jacent
Jacinth
Jack
Jack Boots
Jack by the Hedge
Jack Pudding
Jack with a Lantern
Jackal
Jackalent
Jackanapes
Jackdaw
 Jacket
Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's Staff
Jacobine
Jactitation
Jaculation
Jade (noun 1)
Jade (noun 2)
Jade (verb active)
Jade (verb neuter)
Jadish
Jagg (noun)
Jagg (verb)
Jaggedness
Jaggy
Jail
Jailbird
Jailer
Jakes
Jalap
Jam
Jamb
Jangle (verb active)
Jangle (verb neuter)
Jangler
Janizary
Jannock
Janty
January
Japan (noun)
Japan (verb)
Japanner
Jar (noun)
Jar (verb)
Jardes
Jargon
Jargonelle
Jashawk
Jasmine
Jasmine Persian
Jasper
Jaundice
Jaundiced
Jaunt (noun)
Jaunt (verb)
Jauntiness
Javel (noun)
Javel (verb)
Javelin
Jaw
Jay
Jazel
Jealous
Jealousy
Jocose
Joke (noun)
Joke (verb)
Joker
Journal (adjective)
Journal (noun)
Justifiable
Justifiableness
Justifiably
Justification
Justificator
Justifier
Justify

Cite this page: "Alphabetical List of Entries." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 6, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?page_id=50.


  1. Wonderful, keep up the good work!

  2. Mike Nightingale on November 18th, 2011 at 11:24 am
  3. Can I help?

  4. Julian Talamantez Brolaski on January 19th, 2012 at 9:33 pm
  5. Proofreading is a big help. If you notice a transcription error, please contact me.

  6. Brandi on January 20th, 2012 at 6:20 am
  7. If time permits, can the words regulate, rule and commerce be added soon? It would be most helpful. Those that discuss the Constitution often reference Johnsons. Thank you.

  8. EE Johnson on February 7th, 2012 at 7:27 am
  9. Brandi on February 7th, 2012 at 8:31 am
  10. I am researching the life of George Ord (1781-1886) of Philadelphia, who is said to have contributed many entries to Johnson’s expanded dictionary (as well as Noah Webster’s first dictionary).

    How may I find out which and how many entries he provided to Johnson’s dictionary.

    Thanks in advance for any help you might provide.

  11. Al Dorof on March 10th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  12. Al,

    Johnson died in 1784, when Ord was only 3 years old. Any entries linked to Ord which appeared in “Johnson” dictionaries would have been added by later lexicographers (many of whom linked the title of their dictionary to Johnson merely for marketing purposes). I focus on the original dictionary Johnson produced, so I do not know much about post-Johnson additions.

    I was going to suggest looking at the online OED, but I tried searching for George Ord there myself and was unable to find any contributions or sources linked to Ord.

    Sorry that I’m unable to provide any further assistance.

  13. Brandi on March 10th, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  14. Would you be able to transcribe “Indubitable”?

  15. Amanda Patchin on April 18th, 2012 at 10:34 am
  16. There is a transcription error in the second sentence under the letter “h”. It should read: ‘the h in English is scarcely “ever” mute’; not “every”
    Thanks.

  17. Felicia Agyepong on July 12th, 2012 at 4:39 pm
  18. Thanks for catching that. It has been fixed both on the “H” entry page and on the alphabet page.

  19. Brandi on July 13th, 2012 at 6:27 am
  20. trouble is it takes half an hour to find a word if not yet transcribed, since if you want ‘time’ you go to ‘T’ and then have to turn some 50 pages, one at a time, to get to to ‘time’. Why not allow one to select a page by number?

  21. Mark on October 25th, 2012 at 1:44 am
  22. Mark,

    go to “Page View.” Under the title “Page View” and above the image and page number are two drop-down boxes – “Select Section” and “Select Page”. If you wanted to find “time,” for instance, you would select “T” from the first box. This causes the “Select Page” box to be filled in with the pages from the “T” section, enabling you to select “Tillyfally – Time.” Press the “Go” button and that page is loaded.

  23. Brandi on October 25th, 2012 at 8:23 am
  24. Do you have a definition of “arms” as in weaponry? This also is significant in interpreting the constitution.

  25. Misha Dennis on November 23rd, 2012 at 1:07 am
  26. Here it is, newly transcribed from page 159: Arms

  27. Brandi on November 23rd, 2012 at 5:42 pm
  28. I wonder is there was a definition for ‘people’ as in The People…did Johnson define that?

  29. Marco Dz on January 17th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
  30. The first of the five definitions under “People (noun)” is “A nation; these who compose a community,” which includes an illustrative quotation from Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “What is the city but the people? / True the people are the city.” The entry can be found here.

  31. Brandi on January 17th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
  32. Hi, I was searching for one of the most used words in the 18th century: Nature, but it isn’t here. Can it be added?

  33. Deepali on March 20th, 2013 at 8:53 am
  34. Brandi on March 20th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

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