Association of British Scrabble Players

Adjectives that don't Compare

Adjectives that do not compare

a) 2-syllable adjectives in -Y

blabby Tending to blab.
bleaky Bleak.
blooey (Sl.) out of order.
busky (Shakesp.) bushy.
cheerly Gay; cheerful.
clutchy Tending to clutch.
crudy (Shakesp.) crude, raw.
deawy (Spenser) dewy.
deely As in deely boppers, a hairband with two bobbing antennae-like projections.
dreadly Dreadful.
flooey Awry.
frory Frozen.
globy (Milton) round.
goary (Milton) gory.
gooky Gook-like.
griesy (Spenser) grisly.
grisy (Spenser) grey.
gryesy (Spenser) grey.
guly (Obs.) of colour gules (heraldic red).
heedy (Spenser) heedful, careful.
hubbly Having an uneven surface.
hugy (Arch.) huge, vast.
laidly (Scots) loathsome.
laithly (Scots)loathsome.
leany (Spenser) lean.
lionly Like a lion; fierce.
loathy (Arch.) loathsome.
mifty (Obs.) quick to take offence.
nitry Containing nitre.
nowy Having a convex curvature near the middle.
only ONLIEST but no ONLIER*.
oundy (Obs.) wavy.
paty Having expanded crossed arms.
pily Divided into wedge shapes.
plurry (Coll.) bloody.
primy (Shakesp.) in one's prime, blooming.
prismy Pertaining to a PRISM.
purfly (Carlyle) short-winded.
rickly (Scots) loose, rickety.
rogue Mischievous; diverging from accepted norms.
roguy Roguish.
saughy Full of saughs, willows.
sleepry (Scots) sleepy.
smalmy (Obs.) smarmy.
sonly Pertaining to a SON.
spoffy (Arch.) officious.
spurry Spur-like. No SPURRIEST, but there is a noun SPURRIER, a maker of spurs. And SPURRY is also a plant, so SPURRIES.
startly Of a horse, apt to start.
swarty Swarthy; tawny.
tenny Orange-brown.
thristy (Spenser) thirsty.
twinkly Given to twinkling.
urdy Pointed, with a pattern of points.
viewly (Dial.) pleasing to look at.
yawey Pertaining to YAWS, the disease.
yawy Pertaining to YAWS, the disease.
yesty (Obs.) yeasty.

b) Other non-comparing adjectives that may mislead

antiquey Somewhat antique.
arrowy Like an arrow, in shape, motion, etc.
azury Azure.
biggety Conceited.
biggity Conceited.
blankety Damned.
blooie (Sl.) out of order.
blossomy Full of blossoms; flowery.
briary Full of briars. (But BRIERY does compare: BRIERIER, BRIERIEST).
buttony Ornamented with a large number of buttons.
cabbagy Like a cabbage.
cartoony Resembling a cartoon.
chirrupy Cheerful, chatty.
cindery Having the nature of cinders.
circusy Like a circus.
circussy Like a circus.
citrusy Like citrus.
clattery Making a clattering noise.
clustery Growing in or full of clusters.
cluttery Full of clutter.
coloury Full of colour.
cousinly Like or becoming a cousin.
crouse (Scots) lively, pert, arrogant.
deawie (Spenser) dewy.
dowf (Scots) dull, heavy, spiritless.
erect upright. There is a noun ERECTER (also ERECTOR): one who erects. But no ERECTEST*.
faggoty (Sl.) homosexual.
fap Intoxicated, fuddled.
ferrety Like a ferret.
finite Limited.
flavory Full of flavor.
flavoury Full of flavour.
flooie Awry.
flustery Confused.
frack (Scots) prompt, eager.
frolicky Frolicsome.
furrowy Furrowed.
fusc Brown, dingy.
gingery Of or like GINGER; sandy in colour.
gossipy Full of, or given to, gossip.
grushie (Scots) healthy, thriving.
hazelly Of the color of the hazelnut; of a light brown.
histie (Scots) dry, barren.
hirstie (Scots) dry, barren.
kitteny Like a kitten.
marrowy Full of marrow; pithy.
mischancy Unlucky, happening amiss.
parchmenty Like parchment.
pavid Afraid.
queint (Obs.) quaint.
resiny Full of resin.
rhubarby Like rhubarb.
rivery Like a river; full of rivers.
rosiny Like ROSIN, or having its qualities.
scattery Dispersed; sparse.
seld Rare; uncommon; unusual. Cf. SELDSEEN, SELDSHOWN.
sleepery (Scots) sleepy.
smittle (Scots) infectious.
snickery Tending to snicker.
spluttery Given to spluttering.
sprack Quick; lively; alert.
sprag Quick; lively; alert. Also a verb, so SPRAGS, SPRAGGED, SPRAGGING.
squiff (Coll.) tipsy, drunk. No comp, but SQUIFFER is valid as a noun.
swack (Scots) pliant, nimble.
swinging Has superlative SWINGINGEST but not comparative SWINGINGER*.
teachie (Obs.) tetchy.
unbusy Not busy.
uncloudy Not cloudy.
unhasty Not hasty.
unheedy Incautious; heedless.
unsexy Not sexy.
untenty (Scots) careless.
untrusty Not trusty.
unweary Not weary.
vapory Full of vapors; vaporous.
vapoury Full of vapours; vaporous.
void Empty. No VOIDEST: there is VOIDER, but it is a noun.
wanwordy (Scots) worthless, unworthy.
yald (Scots) active, nimble.
yauld (Scots) active, nimble.

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