How Do You Spell K?

Pronunciation: [kˈe͡ɪ] (IPA)

The letter "K" is a single consonant in the English alphabet. Its sound is represented in IPA phonetic transcription as /k/ which is a voiceless velar plosive. This sound is produced by stopping the airflow in the back of the mouth by touching the soft palate with the tongue, then releasing it with a sudden and strong burst of sound. The spelling of the letter "K" is consistent in English and often used in words of Germanic origin, such as "kite" or "king".

K Meaning and Definition

  1. "K" is the eleventh letter of the English alphabet, derived from the Greek letter "kappa" and adapted from the Semitic letter "kaf". It is a consonant that is pronounced as a voiceless velar plosive in English. The letter "K" represents a hard, sharp sound produced by closing the back of the tongue against the soft part of the roof of the mouth. It is also commonly associated with the /k/ phoneme.

    As a letter, "K" is frequently used in English words of Latin, Greek, Germanic, and other origins. It is widely employed in both common and technical vocabulary. "K" is utilized to form words with various meanings, ranging from describing physical quantities (e.g., kilogram) to indicating the chemical symbol for potassium. Additionally, "K" is often employed as an abbreviation, such as representing "thousand" (e.g., 5K meaning 5,000) or as a symbol for the Kelvin temperature scale in scientific contexts.

    In the field of information technology, "K" is often used as an abbreviation for "kilo-", which denotes a multiplication factor of one thousand. For example, "Kbps" stands for kilobits per second, and "KB" refers to kilobytes.

    As a single letter, "K" is also commonly utilized as an abbreviation for "okay," a term used to signify agreement, acceptance, or understanding.

    In communication or messaging, "K" often serves as a casual abbreviation for "okay" or a response to indicate that a message has been received and understood.

  2. Chemical symbol for potassium.

    A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.

Top Common Misspellings for K *

  • kk 11.7647058%

* The statistics data for these misspellings percentages are collected from over 15,411,110 spell check sessions on from Jan 2010 - Jun 2012.

Other Common Misspellings for K

Idioms with the word K

  • S.W.A.K. Sealed With A Kiss; used to refer to a letter or message that includes a kiss mark at the end, indicating affection or love.
  • K "K" is a slang term used as a short form of "okay" or "alright", often used to indicate agreement or acknowledgement in informal communication.

Similar spelling words for K

Plural form of K is K


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