72 Negative Words Starting With K (With Meaning)

  • By: Phil Taylor
  • Time to read: 5 min.

Below is a list of 72 negative words starting with K, along with their meanings, to help spice up your conversations. These words can be used to express disapproval or to describe unwanted situations and much much more.

For example, if someone tells a joke that falls flat, you could say, “that was a kooky joke.”  If you’re feeling exhausted after a long day, you could say “I feel absolutely knackered.” These words can help you express your emotions and add color and variety to your conversation.

They can be used in written communication such as emails or text messages to convey tone or attitude. So go ahead and explore the list below and add these negative words to your vocabulary to make your conversations more interesting and captivating.

72 Negative Words Starting With The Letter K

Kaboom – A loud, explosive sound or impact.
Karmic – Relating to the idea of karma, or the belief in fate and consequences.
Kibosh – To put a stop to something; to prevent or halt progress.
Killjoy – A person who ruins the fun or enjoyment of others; a wet blanket.
Kindless – Lacking in kindness or compassion; cruel or harsh.
Kinked – Bent or twisted out of shape; not straight or smooth.
Klutzy – Clumsy or awkward in movement or action; lacking in coordination.
Knackered – Exhausted, worn out, or fatigued.
Knavish – Dishonest or deceitful; unscrupulous or untrustworthy.
Knotty – Complicated, difficult, or challenging; tangled or twisted.
Knocked – Struck or hit forcefully; defeated or beaten.
Know-nothing – A person who is ignorant or uninformed about a particular subject or topic.
Kraken – A legendary sea monster of enormous size and strength.
Kryptonite – A fictional mineral that weakens the superhero Superman.
Kudzu – A fast-growing, invasive vine that can overtake and destroy other plants.
Kafkaesque – Characterized by a sense of confusion, anxiety, and paranoia; reminiscent of the writing of Franz Kafka.
Kooky – Eccentric or unconventional in behavior or appearance; strange or odd.
Kneadless – Not able to be kneaded; stiff or unyielding.
Kafuffle – A commotion or fuss; a disorderly situation.
Kibble – Dry, crunchy pet food for dogs or cats.
Kinless – Without family or kin; alone or isolated.
Kinky – Sexually deviant or unconventional; involving unusual or non-traditional practices.
Kitschy – Tacky, garish, or excessively sentimental; lacking in good taste.
Knickknack – A small, decorative object; a trinket or bauble.
Knitpick – To nitpick or quibble over small or insignificant details.
Knockoff – A cheap or imitation version of a more expensive or high-quality product.
Kookaburra – A species of Australian bird known for its distinctive laugh-like call.
Krypton – A fictional planet and home of Superman.
Kickback – A secret or illegal payment made in exchange for a favor or service.
Kidnapper – A person who forcibly takes someone and holds them against their will.
Kinky-coifed – Having hair that is tightly curled or kinky in texture.
Knifepoint – The sharp point of a knife; used in the context of threatening or attacking someone.
Knobbly – Rough, bumpy, or lumpy in texture; not smooth.
Knuckleduster – A small, metal weapon worn over the knuckles; used for punching or striking.
Koochie – Slang term for female genitalia; considered vulgar or offensive.
Kookiness – The state or quality of being eccentric or unconventional; strange or odd behavior.
Kowtow – To show excessive respect or subservience; to grovel or fawn over someone.
Krampus – A mythical creature in Central European folklore who punishes misbehaving children during the Christmas season.
Kriegspiel – A type of chess game played by military officers; characterized by secrecy and deception.
Krokodil – A dangerous and addictive drug made from codeine
Keelhaul – To punish or rebuke severely; to drag someone underwater from one side of a ship to the other.
Kettle of fish – A confusing or problematic situation; a mess.
Kick in the teeth – An unexpected and unpleasant setback; a betrayal.
Killshot – A decisive or fatal blow; the final act that leads to the end of something.
Kimchee – A traditional Korean dish made of fermented vegetables; used as a slang term for bad body odor.
Kinetic – Unstable or unpredictable; characterized by rapid or erratic movement.
Kipper – A smoked fish; used as a slang term for a weak or ineffective person.
Kiting – A fraudulent financial practice; writing bad checks or overdrawn accounts in order to obtain money.
Kleptomaniac – A person who compulsively steals things; a thief.
Knock-on effect – The unintended and negative consequences of a particular action or event.
Knotweed – A type of invasive plant that can damage buildings and infrastructure.
Know-it-all – A person who is overly confident in their knowledge or expertise; someone who is obnoxiously opinionated.
Kowtower – A person who is excessively submissive or obedient; a sycophant.
Kryptonite factor – A weakness or vulnerability that undermines a person’s strength or ability.
Kudzu bug – A type of insect that can cause damage to crops and gardens.
Kvelertak – A Norwegian word meaning “chokehold”; used to describe a situation where one is trapped or suffocated.
Karaoke – A form of entertainment where people sing along to pre-recorded music; used as a slang term for a cheesy or embarrassing situation.
Katzenjammer – A state of confusion or bewilderment; used to describe a hangover or a noisy uproar.
Keeper – A person or thing that is difficult to give up; an addiction or obsession.
Keyless – Lacking in importance or value; unremarkable or forgettable.
Kibitzer – A person who offers unsolicited advice or comments; a busybody.
Kidult – An adult who continues to behave like a child; someone who refuses to grow up.
Killer app – A software application that is so popular and useful that it drives adoption of a particular platform or technology.
Kingmaker – A person who has the power to influence the outcome of a situation or election; a power broker.
Kiss of death – Something that is guaranteed to fail or lead to ruin; a fatal mistake or error.
Knave – A dishonest or unscrupulous person; a rogue or scoundrel.
Knockout – Something or someone that is stunningly attractive or impressive; used as a slang term for a powerful punch or hit.
Know-nothingism – A belief in anti-intellectualism or ignorance; a rejection of knowledge or expertise.
Kraut – A derogatory term for a German person; used as a slur.
Kudurru – An ancient Babylonian stone monument; used as a metaphor for something that is archaic or outdated.
Kvell – To express pride or joy in someone’s accomplishments; used sarcastically to criticize excessive boasting.
Kyriarchy – A social system that privileges certain groups over others.


 Final Thoughts

When it comes to negative words that start with a K there are many more you can use from the English dictionary we have listed the most frequently used here and their definitions. We hope you have found the right descriptive word from our list. Until next thank you for reading.