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Sense Words

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Sense words are words that relate to one or more of the five senses: hearing, touching, tasting, smelling, and seeing. Many of them can be
adjectives, but they can also act as verbs, adverbs, and other parts of speech, depending on how they are used in a sentence.
Words are the tools of a writer. The more words he or she is able to command, the better the writing can be. Some of the most important
tools for the writer are sense words that help to focus images and actions. For example, the following description of a lake shore is from a
book by Marilynne Robinson titled Housekeeping. Notice how the writer uses a combination of sound, touch, smell and sight words to help
the reader imagine the scene.
Some of these stones were a mossy and vegetable green, and some were as white as bits of tooth, and some of them were hazel,
and some of them looked like rock candy. Farther up the beach were tufts of grasses from the year before and leafless vines,
and sodden leaves and broken ferns, and the black, dull, musky, dormant woods. The lake was full of quiet waves, and smelled
cold, and smelled of fish.@
Sound Words: Sound words appeal mainly to the sense of hearing. Notice that many of the sound words in the following list are verb
forms that end in ing. In such a form, words usually function as adjectives, adverbs, or parts of verbs.

banging
barking
bawling
belching
blaring
booming
burping
buzzing
chattering
chiming
chirping
clanging
clapping
clicking
clinking
cooing
coughing

cracking
crashing
croaking
crunching
crying
dripping
exploding
fizzing
gagging
gasping
giggling
grating
growling
grunting
gurgling
hissing
honking

hushing
jangling
jingling
laughing
moaning
mooing
mumbling
murmuring
muttering
noisy
peeping
piercing
pinging
plopping
popping
quacking
quiet

rapping
rasping
rattling
ringing
ripping
rumbling
rustling
scratching
screaming
screeching
singing
slamming
shouting
silent
splashing
squawking
snapping

snarling
snoring
stuttering
tapping
tearing
tinkling
thudding
thumping
ticking
twittering
warbling
wheezing
whimpering
whining
whispering
whizzing
whooping

Taste and Smell Words are words relating to taste and smell. Often, they can apply to both senses. For this reason, they are
combined here. Read over the list, noting the words that you dont know.

Acid
acidic
acrid
alkaline
aromatic
biting
bitter
bland
burnt
buttery
cold
crisp
crusty

doughy
earthy
fishy
floury
flowery
fresh
fruity
gamey
garlicky
hearty
hot
lemony
medicinal

mellow
mildewed
minty
moist
moldy
musky
musty
oily
perfumed
pickled
piney
plastic

pungent spicy
putrid
rancid
rank
raw
rich
rotten
rubbery
salty
scented
sharp
sour

spoiled
stagnant
stale
sugary
sweaty
sweet
tangy
tasteless
tough
vile
vinegary

Touch Words:
Touch words suggest the sense of touch or texture. Read over the list of touch words, noting the ones you dont know.

Abrasive
biting
boiling
bubbly
bulky
bumpy
burning
bushy
clammy
coarse
cool
cottony
crisp
cushioned
damp
downy
drenched
dripping
dry
dusty

feathery
fine
fluffy
foamy
freezing
furry
fuzzy
glassy
gluey
grainy
greasy
gritty
gushy
hairy
hard
heavy
hot
humid
icy
keen

knobbed
lacy
leathery
light
lukewarm
matted
metallic
moist
mushy
numbing
oily
piercing
plastic
pocked
pointed
prickly
pulpy
rocky
rough
rubbery

sandy
scalding
scorching
scratchy
scummy
shaggy
sharp
silky
slick
slimy
slippery
sloppy
smooth
smothering
soapy
soft
sopping
soupy
spiky
splintered

spongy
steamy
steely
sticky
stifled
stinging
stony
stubby
tangled
tender
tepid
thick
tickling
tough
velvety
warm
waxy
wet
wiry
woolly

Sight Words

Relate mainly to seeing. Read over the list of sight words, noting the words with which you are unfamiliar.
Angular
ashen
attractive
beautiful
boiling
bright
brilliant
bubbling
bulky
bumpy
burning
bushy
clean
clear
cluttered
coarse
colorless
curved
dark
dazzling
dim
dotted
downy
drenched
dripping

dull
dusty
elegant
feathery
fiery
fine
flat
fluffy
flushed
foamy
foggy
fragile
furry
fuzzy
gigantic
glassy
glimmering
gorgeous
grainy
graceful
greasy
hairy
handsome
hard
hazy

hideous
huge
immense
jutting
keen
knobbed
lacy
large
lean
leathery
light
lit
long
lopsided
lovely
matted
messy
metallic
muddy
muscular
mushy
narrow
neat
nondescript
oily

pale
pocked
pointed
powdered
prickly
pulpy
rocky
rough
round
ruffled
sandy
scummy
shaggy
sharp
shimmering
shiny
short
silky
slick
slimy
small
smooth
sooty
sparking
spiky

splintered
spongy
spotted
square
steamy
stubbly
stunning
swollen
tall
tangled
thick
thin
tidy
translucent
transparent
twinkling
ugly
wavy
waxy
wet
wide
wiry
wrinkled
woolly
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