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Words that start with B - words starting with B
 baa
cry of a sheep
 babble
to utter meaningless or unintelligible sounds; chatter idly
 bac
baccalaureate (a university degree)
 bacchanal
orgy, drunken celebration
 bacchanalian
drunken
 backdrop
a painted cloth hung across the rear of a stage
 backhanded
not straightforward
 bad
something evil; not good
 badge
a device or token especially of membership in a society or group
 badger
pester; annoy
 badinage
banter; teasing conversation
 baffle
to frustrate or check (a person) as by confusing or perplexing; stymie; frustrate; perplex
 bag
to put in a pouch or sack
 bagatelle
nonentity, trifle
 bah
an exclamation of disgust
 bailiwick
area of concern or business
 bails
bails
 bait
to persecute or exasperate with unjust, malicious, or persistent attacks; harass; tease
 bal
type of shoe
 balance
to determine the weight of (something) in or as if in a weighing device
 baleen
whalebone
 baleful
hostile, malignant; deadly; having a malign influence; ominous
 balk
hesitate; stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil
 balky
hesitant
 ballad
song
 ballast
counterbalance, heavy substance used to add stability or weight
 ballistics
study of projectiles
 ballot
a list of candidates running for office
 balm
soothing ointment; something that relieves pain
 balmy
mild; fragrant
 bam
to strike with a dull sound
 bamboo
bamboo
 bamboozle
to deceive by underhanded methods
 ban
to forbid or prohibit
 banal
trite; hackneyed; commonplace; lacking originality
 banana
banana
 bandy
discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
 bane
poison, nuisance; cause of ruin; curse
 banish
to require by authority to leave a country
 banter
good-humored, playful conversation
 bantering
good-naturedly ridiculing
 bap
a flat bread roll
 bar
to exclude; a unit of pressure
 barb
a biting or pointedly critical remark or comment; sharp projection from fishhook or other object; openly cutting remark
 barbarian
savage
 barbarous
lacking culture or refinement
 barcode
barcode
 bard
poet
 barefaced
lacking scruples; shameless; bold; unconcealed
 bargain
to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract
 baroque
highly ornate
 barrage
barrier laid down by artillery fire; overwhelming profusion
 barrel
barrel
 barrister
lawyer; counselor-at-law
 barterer
trader
 bas
eternal souls in Egyptian mythology
 baseball
baseball
 baseboard
a molding covering the joint of a wall and the adjoining floor
 bask
take pleasure in, sun; luxuriate
 basketball
basketball
 basso
low male voice
 bastion
fort; stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
 bat
bat
 bat
to hit a ball
 bate
let down; restrain
 bathetic
characterized by bathos
 bathos
sentimentality
 batten
fasten, board up
 battery
physical attack
 bauble
trinket; trifle
 bawdy
indecent; obscene
 bay
to howl
 beatific
giving bliss; blissful
 beatify
sanctify
 beatitude
state of bliss; blessedness
 beckon
lure
 becoming
proper
 bed
to provide with a receptacle for sleeping
 bedeck
to clothe with finery
 bedizen
dress with vulgar finery
 bedlam
uproar
 bedraggle
wet thoroughly
 bee
a winged insect
 beeline
direct, quick route
 beer
beer
 befit
to be suitable
 befuddle
to muddle or stupefy with or as if with drink; confuse thoroughly
 beg
to plead earnestly
 beget
produce, procreate; father; give rise to
 begrudge
resent, envy
 beguile
deceive, seduce; mislead or delude; cheat; pass time
 behemoth
monster; huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
 behest
command
 beholden
in debt, obliged; obligated, indebted
 behoove
be suited to; be incumbent upon
 bel
a unit of sound intensity
 belabor
assail verbally, dwell on; explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
 belated
delayed, overdue
 beleaguer
besiege; attack; harass
 belfry
bell tower
 belie
misrepresent, disprove; contradict, give a false impression
 belittle
disparage, depreciate
 bellicose
warlike
 belligerent
combative; quarrelsome
 bellow
shout
 bellwether
leader, guide
 bemoan
lament; express disapproval of
 bemused
bewildered; confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
 ben
a mountain
 benchmark
standard
 benediction
blessing
 benefactor
patron; gift giver
 beneficent
doing or producing good; performing acts of kindness and charity; kindly
 benevolent
kind; generous; charitable
 benign
harmless; kindly; favorable; not malignant
 benison
blessing
 bent
determined; natural talent or inclination
 bequeath
will; leave to someone by means of a will; hand down
 bequest
inheritance; endowment; legacy
 berate
scold strongly
 bereave
to rob, to deprive somebody of a love one, especially through death
 bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved
 bereft
deprived of; lacking
 berserk
crazed with anger; frenzied
 bes
the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet
 beseech
implore, beg; plead with
 beset
harass, encircle; trouble; to surround or hem in
 besiege
beleaguer, surround with armed forces; harass (with requests)
 besmirch
slander, sully; soil; defile
 bespeak
attest
 bestial
beast-like, brutal; inhuman
 bestow
offer, grant; confer; to give
 bet
to risk money or property on an uncertain outcome
 betoken
signify; indicate
 betray
be unfaithful; reveal (unconsciously or unwillingly)
 betroth
become engaged to marry
 betrothed
engaged
 bevy
large group
 bey
a Turkish governor
 bez
The second tine of an antler's beam
 bib
to drink alcoholic beverages
 bibliography
list of sources of information
 bibliophile
a lover of books especially for qualities of format
 bicameral
having two legislative branches; two-chambered, as a legislative body
 bicker
quarrel
 bid
to make an offer
 biennial
occurring every two years
 bifurcated
divided into two branches; forked
 big
of considerable size
 bigot
a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices
 bigotry
stubborn intolerance
 bilateral
two-sided
 bilious
ill-tempered; suffering from indigestion; irritable
 bilk
swindle; cheat
 billowing
swelling out in waves; surging
 bin
to store in a receptacle
 bio
a biography
 biodegradable
naturally decaying
 biopsy
removing tissue for examination
 biotin
vitamin B7
 biped
two-footed animal
 bis
twice
 bistro
tavern, cafe
 bit
to curb or restrain
 bivouac
encampment
 biz
business
 bizarre
fantastic; violently contrasting
 blanch
bleach; whiten
 bland
soothing or mild; agreeable
 blandish
flatter, grovel
 blandishment
something that tends to coax or cajole; flattery
 blare
loud, harsh roar or screech; dazzling blaze of light
 blase
bored with life; bored with pleasure or dissipation
 blasphemy
insulting God; irreverence; sacrilege; cursing
 blast
a violent gust of wind
 blatant
noisy especially in a vulgar or offensive manner; extremely obvious; loudly offensive
 blazon
ostentatious display
 bleach
to remove the color from, as by means of chemical agents or sunlight
 bleak
cheerless, forlorn; unlikely to be favorable
 blemish
an imperfection that mars or impairs; a flaw or defect
 blight
decay
 blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
 blimp
a pompous, reactionary, ultranationalistic person
 bliss
happiness
 blithe
joyous; gay
 bloated
swollen or puffed as with water or air
 bloom
bloom
 blowhard
talkataive boaster
 bludgeon
club; heavy-headed weapon
 bluff
rough but good-natured; pretense (of strength); deception;
 blunder
a gross error or mistake resulting usually from
 blur
to obscure or blemish by smearing
 blurb
a short publicity notice (as on a book jacket)
 blurt
to utter abruptly and impulsively
 bluster
to talk or act with noisy swaggering threats; blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully
 boa
a large constricting snake
 bob
to move up and down
 bod
a body
 bode
portend; foreshadow
 boding
an omen, prediction, or presentiment especially of coming evil
 bog
to impede or obstruct
 boggle
to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples
 bogus
forged, false; counterfeit; not authentic
 bogy
bugbear
 boh
a sound intended to startle somebody
 bohemian
unconventional (in an artistic way)
 boi
a lesbian who adopts a boyish appearance or manners
 boisterous
noisy; violent; rough
 bok
a South African antelope
 bolster
to support with or as if with a bolster; reinforce
 bolt
move quickly and suddenly; door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; dash or dart off; fasten (a door)
 bombardment
attack (as with missiles)
 bombast
pompous speech
 bombastic
pompous; using inflated language
 bon
good
 bon vivant
gourmet, epicure
 bona fide
made in good faith
 bonanza
a stroke of luck
 bonhomie
good-natured easy friendliness
 boo
to make a sound expressing disapproval or contempt
 bookworm
one who spends much time reading or studying
 boon
blessing; benefit
 boor
vulgar person
 boorish
rude; insensitive; awkward; illmannered
 bootless
unavailing
 booty
loot, stolen goods
 bop
to hit or strike
 bor
a neighbour
 bos
cattle
 bot
the larva of a botfly
 botch
bungle
 bottleneck
a narrow or obstructed section, as of a highway or a pipeline
 bouillon
clear beef soup
 bountiful
abundant; graciously generous
 bouquet
flowers picked and fastened together in a bunch
 bourgeois
middle class; selfishly materialistic; dully conventional
 bovine
cow-like; indifferent and dull; cow
 bow
to bend forward in greeting
 bowdlerize
expurgate
 box
to put in a container
 boy
a young male child
 boycott
abstain in protest; refrain from buying or using
 bra
a brassiere
 bracing
refreshing
 brackish
salty; somewhat saline
 braggadocio
boasting
 braggart
one given to loud, empty boasting; boaster
 Brahmaputra River
a river that flows from Tibet to India
 braided
made by intertwining three or more strands
 brandish
display menacingly; wave around
 brash
heedless of the consequences
 brassy
being shamelessly bold
 brattish
an ill-mannered annoying child
 bravado
feigned bravery; swagger; assumed air of defiance
 bravura
technically difficult, brilliant
 brawn
muscular strength; sturdiness
 brazen
insolent; shameless
 breach
a break in accustomed friendly relations; breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap
 breadth
width; extent
 brevity
shortness of expression; conciseness
 bribe
to induce or influence by or as if by bribery
 bridle
to restrain, check, or control with or as if with a bridle
 brigand
robber
 brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots
 brink
edge, threshold
 bristle
to raise the bristles (as in anger)
 bristling
rising like bristles; showing irritation
 brittle
easily broken, cracked, or snapped
 bro
buddy, pal
 broach
bring up a topic for conversation; introduce; open up
 brocade
rich, figured fabric
 broccoli
broccoli
 brochure
pamphlet
 bromide
cliché
 brooch
ornamental clasp
 brook
tolerate; endure, a small stream
 browbeat
to bully; intimidate
 browse
graze; skim or glance at casually
 brr
to show feeling cold
 bru
a friend
 bruit
to noise abroad
 brunt
main impact or shock
 brusque
curt; blunt; abrupt
 bub
young fellow
 buck
to refuse assent
 bucolic
rustic; pastoral
 bud
an unopened flower
 budge
to give way
 buffet
blow, pummel; table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out; slap; batter; knock about
 buffoon
fool, joker
 buffoonery
clowning
 bug
to annoy
 bulge
a protuberant or swollen part or place
 bullion
gold and silver in the form of bars
 bully
one habitually cruel to others who are weaker
 bulwark
fortification; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
 bum
of little value; worthless
 Bum River
longest river in Barbados
 bumper
a device for absorbing shock or preventing damage
 bumptious
presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily selfassertive
 bun
a small bread roll
 buncombe
insincere talk; nonsense
 bungle
to act or work clumsily and awkwardly; mismanage; blunder
 buoy
to maintain at a high level
 buoyant
floatable, cheerful
 bur
to remove a rough edge from
 bureaucracy
over regulated administrative system marked by red tape
 burgeon
sprout; grow forth; send out buds
 burger
burger
 burial
the act or process of burying
 burlesque
farce; give an imitation that ridicules
 burly
husky
 burnish
to make shiny or lustrous especially by rubbing; make shiny by rubbing; polish
 bus
a large motor vehicle
 but
contrary to expectation
 butt
to thrust or push head foremost
 buttress
support; prop up
 buxom
full-bosomed; plump; jolly
 buy
to acquire by the payment of money
 bye
a free advance to next round in a competition
 byline
a line at the beginning of a news story, magazine, article, or book giving the writer’s name
 bys
a free advancements to next rounds in a competition

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