English dictionary


baa |bɑː| — the cry made by sheep

baa-lamb |ˈbɑː læm| — child's word for a sheep or lamb

Baal |ˈbeɪəl| — any of numerous local fertility and nature deities worshipped by ancient Semitic peoples; the Hebrews considered Baal a false god

babbitt |ˈbæbɪt| — an alloy of tin with some copper and antimony; a lining for bearings that reduces friction

babble |ˈbæbl| — gibberish resembling the sounds of a baby

babbler |ˈbab(ə)lər| — an obnoxious and foolish and loquacious talker

babe |beɪb| — a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk

babel |ˈbeɪbl| — (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another

baboo |ˈbɑːbuː| — used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'

baboon |bæˈbuːn| — large terrestrial monkeys having doglike muzzles

babu |ˈbɑːbuː| — used as a Hindi courtesy title; equivalent to English `Mr'

babushka |bəˈbʊʃkə| — a woman's headscarf folded into a triangle and tied under the chin; worn by Russian peasant women

baby |ˈbeɪbi| — a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk

baby-sit |ˈbeɪbisɪt| — take watchful responsibility for

baby-sitter |ˈbeɪbisɪtər| — a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home

babyhood |ˈbeɪbiˌhʊd| — the early stage of growth or development

babyish |ˈbeɪbiɪʃ| — characteristic of a baby

Babylonian |ˌbæbəˈloʊniən| — an inhabitant of ancient Babylon

babysit |ˈbeɪbisɪt| — take watchful responsibility for

babysitter |ˈbeɪbisɪtər| — a person engaged to care for children when the parents are not home

baccalaureate |ˌbækəˈlɔːriət| — a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies

baccarat |ˈbækərɑː| — a card game played in casinos in which two or more punters gamble against the banker; the player wins who holds 2 or 3 cards that total closest to nine

Bacchanal |ˈbækənəl| — someone who engages in drinking bouts

Bacchanalia |ˌbækəˈneɪljə| — an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)

bacchanalian |ˌbækəˈneɪliən| — used of riotously drunken merrymaking

Bacchant |bəˈkənt| — someone who engages in drinking bouts

Bacchante |ˈbækəntɪ| — (classical mythology) a priestess or votary of Bacchus

Bacchic |ˈbækɪk| — used of riotously drunken merrymaking

Bacchus |ˈbækəs| — (classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus

baccy |ˈbæki| — leaves of the tobacco plant dried and prepared for smoking or ingestion

bach |bætʃ| — German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)

bachelor |ˈbætʃələr| — a man who has never been married

bachelorhood |ˈbætʃələhʊd| — the time of a man's life prior to marriage

bacillus |bəˈsɪləs| — aerobic rod-shaped spore-producing bacterium; often occurring in chainlike formations; found primarily in soil

back |bæk| — the posterior part of a human (or animal) body from the neck to the end of the spine

back down |ˈbæk ˈdaʊn| — move backwards from a certain position

back off |ˈbæk ˈɒf| — move backwards from a certain position

back out |ˈbæk ˈaʊt| — move out of a space backwards

back up |bæk ˈʌp| — give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

back-formation |ˈbæk fɔ:ˌmeɪʃən| — a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it

backache |ˈbækeɪk| — an ache localized in the back

backbencher |ˌbækˈbentʃər| — a member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader

backbite |ˈbækˌbaɪt| — say mean things

backboard |ˈbækbɔːrd| — a raised vertical board with basket attached; used to play basketball

backbone |ˈbækboʊn| — a central cohesive source of support and stability

backbreaking |ˈbækˌbreɪkɪŋ| — characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort

backchat |ˈbæktʃæt| — light teasing repartee

backcloth |ˈbækklɔːθ| — scenery hung at back of stage

backdate |ˌbækˈdeɪt| — make effective from an earlier date

backdoor |ˈbækˌdɔːr| — an undocumented way to get access to a computer system or the data it contains

backdown |ˈbakdoun| — a retraction of a previously held position

backdrop |ˈbækdrɑːp| — scenery hung at back of stage

backed |ˈbækt| — used of film that is coated on the side opposite the emulsion with a substance to absorb light

backer |ˈbækər| — invests in a theatrical production

backfire |ˌbækˈfaɪər| — the backward escape of gases and unburned gunpowder after a gun is fired

backgammon |ˈbækɡæmən| — a board game for two players; pieces move according to throws of the dice

background |ˈbækɡraʊnd| — a person's social heritage: previous experience or training

backhand |ˈbækhænd| — a return made with the back of the hand facing the direction of the stroke

backhanded |ˌbækˈhændɪd| — roundabout or ambiguous

backing |ˈbækɪŋ| — the act of providing approval and support

backlash |ˈbæklæʃ| — a movement back from an impact

backless |ˈbækləs| — lacking a back

backlog |ˈbæklɔːɡ| — an accumulation of jobs not done or materials not processed that are yet to be dealt with (especially unfilled customer orders for products or services)

backmost |ˈbækmoʊst| — located farthest to the rear

backpack |ˈbækpæk| — a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder

backpacker |ˈbækpækər| — a hiker who wears a backpack

backpacking |ˈbækpækɪŋ| — carrying something in a pack on the back

backpedal |ˈbækˌpedəl| — pedal backwards on a bicycle

backrest |ˈbækrest| — a support that you can lean against while sitting

backroom |ˈbæˌkruːm| — the meeting place of a group of leaders who make their decisions via private negotiations

backside |ˈbæksaɪd| — the side of an object that is opposite its front

backslide |ˈbæksˌlaɪd| — drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards

backslider |ˈbækslaɪdər| — someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior

backsliding |ˈbæksˌlaɪdɪŋ| — a failure to maintain a higher state

backstage |ˌbækˈsteɪdʒ| — a stage area out of sight of the audience

backstairs |ˈbæksterz| — a second staircase at the rear of a building

backstay |ˈbækˌsteɪ| — a stay that supports the back of something

backstitch |ˈbækstɪtʃ| — an overlapping stitch made by starting the next stitch at the middle of the preceding one

backstop |ˈbækˌstɑːp| — (baseball) the person who plays the position of catcher

backstroke |ˈbækstroʊk| — a swimming stroke that resembles the crawl except the swimmer lies on his or her back

backsword |ˈbæksɔːrd| — a stick used instead of a sword for fencing

backtalk |ˈbæktɔːk| — an impudent or insolent rejoinder

backtrack |ˈbæktræk| — retrace one's course

backup |ˈbækʌp| — an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage

backward |ˈbækwərd| — retarded in intellectual development

backwardness |ˈbækwərdnəs| — lack of normal development of intellectual capacities

backwards |ˈbækwərdz| — at or to or toward the back or rear

backwash |ˈbækwɔːʃ| — the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

backwater |ˈbækwɔːtər| — a body of water that was created by a flood or tide or by being held or forced back by a dam

backwoods |ˈbækwʊdz| — a remote and undeveloped area

backwoodsman |ˈbækwʊdzmən| — a man who lives on the frontier

backyard |ˌbækˈjɑːrd| — the grounds in back of a house

bacon |ˈbeɪkən| — back and sides of a hog salted and dried or smoked; usually sliced thin and fried

bacteria |bækˈtɪəriə| — (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants

bacterial |bækˈtɪriəl| — relating to or caused by bacteria

bactericide |bækˈtɪrɪsaɪd| — any chemical agent that destroys bacteria

bacteriological |bækˌtɪriəˈlɑːdʒɪkl| — of or relating to bacteriology

bacteriologist |bækˌtɪəriˈɒlədʒɪst| — a biologist who studies bacteria

bacteriology |bækˌtɪriˈɑːlədʒi| — the branch of medical science that studies bacteria in relation to disease

bacteriolysis |bækˌtiːriːˈɑːlɪsɪs| — dissolution or destruction of bacteria

bacterium |bækˈtɪriəm| — (microbiology) single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission; important as pathogens and for biochemical properties; taxonomy is difficult; often considered to be plants

bad |bæd| — that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

bad-mannered  — socially incorrect in behavior

bad-tempered |ˈˌbad ˈtempərd| — annoyed and irritable

bade |beɪd| — a Chadic language spoken in northern Nigeria

badge |bædʒ| — an emblem (a small piece of plastic or cloth or metal) that signifies your status (rank or membership or affiliation etc.)

badger |ˈbædʒər| — a native or resident of Wisconsin

badinage |ˌbædənˈɑːʒ| — frivolous banter

badlands |ˈbædlændz| — deeply eroded barren land

badly |ˈbædli| — to a severe or serious degree

badminton |ˈbædmɪntən| — a game played on a court with light long-handled rackets used to volley a shuttlecock over a net

badmouth  — speak unfavorably about

badness |ˈbædnəs| — that which is below standard or expectations as of ethics or decency

Baedeker |ˈbeɪdəkər| — German publisher of a series of travel guidebooks (1801-1859)

baffle |ˈbæfl| — a flat plate that controls or directs the flow of fluid or energy

baffling |ˈbæflɪŋ| — making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

bag |bæɡ| — a flexible container with a single opening

bagasse |bəˈɡas| — the dry dusty pulp that remains after juice is extracted from sugar cane or similar plants

bagatelle |ˌbæɡəˈtel| — a light piece of music for piano

bagel |ˈbeɪɡl| — (Yiddish) glazed yeast-raised doughnut-shaped roll with hard crust

bagful |ˈbægˌfʊl| — the quantity that a bag will hold

baggage |ˈbæɡɪdʒ| — cases used to carry belongings when traveling

bagger |ˈbæɡə| — a workman employed to pack things into containers

bagging |ˈbæɡɪŋ| — coarse fabric used for bags or sacks

baggy |ˈbæɡi| — not fitting closely; hanging loosely

bagman |ˈbaɡman| — a salesman who travels to call on customers

bagnio |ˈbɑːnɪoʊ| — a building where prostitutes are available

bagpipe |ˈbæɡpaɪp| — a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone

bagpiper |ˈbægˌpaɪpər| — someone who plays the bagpipe

baguette |bæˈɡet| — narrow French stick loaf

bail |beɪl| — (criminal law) money that must be forfeited by the bondsman if an accused person fails to appear in court for trial

bail out |ˈbeɪl ˈaʊt| — free on bail

bailable |ˈbeɪləbəl| — admitting of bail

bailee |ˌbeɪˈliː| — the agent to whom property involved in a bailment is delivered

bailey |ˈbeɪli| — United States singer (1918-1990)

bailiff |ˈbeɪlɪf| — an officer of the court who is employed to execute writs and processes and make arrests etc.

bailiwick |ˈbeɪləˌwɪk| — the area over which a bailiff has jurisdiction

bailment |ˈbeɪlmənt| — the delivery of personal property in trust by the bailor to the bailee

bailor |ˈbeɪlər| — the person who delivers personal property (goods or money) in trust to the bailee in a bailment

bain-marie |ˌbæn məˈriː| — a large pan that is filled with hot water; smaller pans containing food can be set in the larger pan to keep food warm or to cook food slowly

bairn |bern| — a child: son or daughter

bait |beɪt| — anything that serves as an enticement

baize |beɪz| — a bright green fabric napped to resemble felt; used to cover gaming tables

bake |beɪk| — cook and make edible by putting in a hot oven

baked |ˈbeɪkt| — dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight

bakehouse |ˈbeɪkhaʊs| — a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold

baker |ˈbeɪkər| — someone who bakes commercially

bakery |ˈbeɪkəri| — a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold

bakeshop |ˈbeɪkʃɑːp| — a workplace where baked goods (breads and cakes and pastries) are produced or sold

baking |ˈbeɪkɪŋ| — making bread or cake or pastry etc.

baksheesh |ˌbækˈʃiːʃ| — a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

bakshish  — a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

balaclava |ˌbæləˈklɑːvə| — a cap that is close-fitting and woolen and covers all of the head but the face

balance |ˈbæləns| — a state of equilibrium

balanced |ˈbælənst| — being in a state of proper equilibrium

balancer |ˈbælənsər| — an acrobat who balances himself in difficult positions

balancing |ˈbælənsɪŋ| — getting two things to correspond

balconied |ˈbælkənɪd| — having balconies or a balcony

balcony |ˈbælkəni| — an upper floor projecting from the rear over the main floor in an auditorium

bald |bɔːld| — grow bald; lose hair on one's head

bald-headed |ˈhedɪd| — lacking hair on all or most of the scalp

bald-pated  — lacking hair on all or most of the scalp

baldachin |baldachin| — ornamented canopy supported by columns or suspended from a roof or projected from a wall (as over an altar)

balderdash |ˈbɔːldərdæʃ| — trivial nonsense

baldly |ˈbɔːldli| — in a bald manner

baldness |ˈbɔːldnəs| — the condition of having no hair on the top of the head

baldric |ˈbældrɪk| — a wide (ornamented) belt worn over the right shoulder to support a sword or bugle by the left hip

bale |beɪl| — a large bundle bound for storage or transport

baleen |bəˈliːn| — a horny material from the upper jaws of certain whales; used as the ribs of fans or as stays in corsets

balefire |ˈbeɪlˌfaɪr| — a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration

baleful |ˈbeɪlfl| — deadly or sinister

balk |bɔːk| — the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

Balkan |ˈbɒlkən| — an inhabitant of the Balkan Peninsula

balky |ˈbɔːlki| — stopping short and refusing to go on

ball |bɔːl| — round object that is hit or thrown or kicked in games

ball up |ˈbɒl ʌp| — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

ballad |ˈbæləd| — a narrative song with a recurrent refrain

ballade |bəˈlɑːd| — a poem consisting of 3 stanzas and an envoy

ballast |ˈbæləst| — any heavy material used to stabilize a ship or airship

ballerina |ˌbæləˈriːnə| — a female ballet dancer

ballet |ˈbæleɪ| — a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers

balletomane |ˈbælɪtoʊmeɪn| — a ballet enthusiast

ballista |bəˈlistə| — an engine that provided medieval artillery used during sieges; a heavy war engine for hurling large stones and other missiles

ballistic |bəˈlɪstɪk| — relating to or characteristic of the motion of objects moving under their own momentum and the force of gravity

ballistics |bəˈlɪstɪks| — the trajectory of an object in free flight

balloon |bəˈluːn| — large tough nonrigid bag filled with gas or heated air

balloonist |bəˈluːnəst| — someone who flies a balloon

ballot |ˈbælət| — a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting

ballpark |ˈbɔːlpɑːrk| — a facility in which ball games are played (especially baseball games)

ballroom |ˈbɔːlruːm| — large room used mainly for dancing

bally |ˈbæli| — informal intensifiers

ballyhoo |ˈbælihuː| — blatant or sensational promotion

ballyrag |ˈbæliːˌræɡ| — be bossy towards

balm |bɑːm| — any of various aromatic resinous substances used for healing and soothing

balmy |ˈbɑːmi| — informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

baloney |bəˈloʊni| — pretentious or silly talk or writing

balsa |ˈbɔːlsə| — strong lightweight wood of the balsa tree used especially for floats

balsam |ˈbɔːlsəm| — any seed plant yielding balsam

balsamic |bɔːlˈsæmɪk| — of or relating to or containing balsam

Baltic |ˈbɔːltɪk| — a sea in northern Europe; stronghold of the Russian navy

baluster |ˈbæləstər| — one of a number of closely spaced supports for a railing

balustrade |ˌbæləˈstreɪd| — a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

bam |bæm| — an ancient city in southeastern Iran; destroyed by an earthquake in 2003

bamboo |ˌbæmˈbuː| — the hard woody stems of bamboo plants; used in construction and crafts and fishing poles

bamboozle |bæmˈbuːzl| — conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end

ban |bæn| — a decree that prohibits something

banal |bəˈnɑːl| — repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

banality |bəˈnæləti| — a trite or obvious remark

banana |bəˈnænə| — any of several tropical and subtropical treelike herbs of the genus Musa having a terminal crown of large entire leaves and usually bearing hanging clusters of elongated fruits

banausic |bəˈnɔːsɪk| — (formal) ordinary and not refined

band |bænd| — an unofficial association of people or groups

bandage |ˈbændɪdʒ| — a piece of soft material that covers and protects an injured part of the body

bandaging |ˈbændɪdʒɪŋ| — the act of applying a bandage

bandana |bænˈdænə| — large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief

bandanna |bænˈdænə| — large and brightly colored handkerchief; often used as a neckerchief

bandbox |ˈbændbɑːks| — a light cylindrical box for holding light articles of attire (especially hats)

bandeau |ˈbændoʊ| — an undergarment worn by women to support their breasts

banded |ˈbændəd| — marked with bands or strips of contrasting color or texture

bandicoot |ˈbændɪkuːt| — any of various agile ratlike terrestrial marsupials of Australia and adjacent islands; insectivorous and herbivorous

bandit |ˈbændɪt| — an armed thief who is (usually) a member of a band

banditry |ˈbændətri| — the practice of plundering in gangs

bandmaster |ˈbændmæstər| — the conductor of a band

bandoleer |ˌbændəˈlɪər| — a broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers

bandolier |ˌbændəˈlɪr| — a broad cartridge belt worn over the shoulder by soldiers

bandsman |ˈbændzmən| — a player in a band (especially a military band)

bandstand |ˈbændstænd| — a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air

bandwagon |ˈbændwæɡən| — a popular trend that attracts growing support

bandwidth |ˈbændwɪdθ| — a data transmission rate; the maximum amount of information (bits/second) that can be transmitted along a channel

bandy |ˈbændi| — toss or strike a ball back and forth

bandy-legged |ˌbændɪ ˈleɡɪd| — have legs that curve outward at the knees

bane |beɪn| — something causing misery or death

baneful |ˈbeɪnfəl| — exceedingly harmful

bang |bæŋ| — a vigorous blow

bang up |ˈbæŋ ʌp| — damage or destroy as if by violence

bang-up |ˈbæŋˌʌp| — very good

banger |ˈbæŋər| — (British informal) pork sausage

bangle |ˈbæŋɡl| — jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration

banian |ˈbænjən| — East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks

banish |ˈbænɪʃ| — expel from a community or group

banishment |ˈbænɪʃmənt| — the state of being banished or ostracized (excluded from society by general consent)

banister |ˈbænɪstər| — a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

banjo |ˈbændʒoʊ| — a stringed instrument of the guitar family that has long neck and circular body

bank |bæŋk| — sloping land (especially the slope beside a body of water)

bankable |ˈbæŋkəbl| — guaranteed to bring a profit

bankbook |ˈbæŋkˌbʊk| — a record of deposits and withdrawals and interest held by depositors at certain banks

banker |ˈbæŋkər| — a financier who owns or is an executive in a bank

banking |ˈbæŋkɪŋ| — engaging in the business of keeping money for savings and checking accounts or for exchange or for issuing loans and credit etc.

banknote |ˈbæŋknoʊt| — a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

bankroll |ˈbæŋkroʊl| — a roll of currency notes (often taken as the resources of a person or business etc.)

bankrupt |ˈbæŋkrʌpt| — someone who has insufficient assets to cover their debts

bankruptcy |ˈbæŋkrʌptsi| — a state of complete lack of some abstract property

banned |ˈbænd| — forbidden by law

banner |ˈbænər| — long strip of cloth or paper used for decoration or advertising

bannock |ˈbanək| — a flat bread made of oat or barley flour; common in New England and Scotland

banns |bænz| — a public announcement of a proposed marriage

banquet |ˈbæŋkwɪt| — a ceremonial dinner party for many people

banquette |bæŋˈket| — an upholstered bench

banshee |bænˈʃiː| — (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death

bantam |ˈbæntəm| — any of various small breeds of fowl

banter |ˈbæntər| — light teasing repartee

banting |ˈbæntɪŋ| — Canadian physiologist who discovered insulin with C. H. Best and who used it to treat diabetes(1891-1941)

banyan |ˈbænjən| — East Indian tree that puts out aerial shoots that grow down into the soil forming additional trunks

baobab |ˈbeɪoʊbæb| — African tree having an exceedingly thick trunk and fruit that resembles a gourd and has an edible pulp called monkey bread

bap |bæp| — a small loaf or roll of soft bread

baptism |ˈbæptɪzəm| — a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

baptismal |bæpˈtɪzməl| — of or relating to baptism

baptist |ˈbæptɪst| — follower of Baptistic doctrines

baptistery |ˈbæptəstri| — bowl for baptismal water

baptistry |baptistry| — bowl for baptismal water

baptize |bæpˈtaɪz| — administer baptism to

baptized |bæpˈtaɪzd| — having undergone the Christian ritual of baptism

bar |bɑːr| — a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

barb |bɑːrb| — an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

barbarian |bɑːrˈberiən| — a member of an uncivilized people

barbaric |bɑːrˈbærɪk| — without civilizing influences

barbarism |ˈbɑːrbərɪzəm| — a brutal barbarous savage act

barbarity |bɑːrˈbærəti| — the quality of being shockingly cruel and inhumane

barbarize |ˈbɑːrbəraɪz| — become crude or savage or barbaric in behavior or language

barbarous |ˈbɑːrbərəs| — (of persons or their actions) able or disposed to inflict pain or suffering

barbate |ˈbɑːrbeɪt| — having hair on the cheeks and chin

barbecue |ˈbɑːrbɪkjuː| — meat that has been barbecued or grilled in a highly seasoned sauce

barbed |bɑːrbd| — capable of wounding

barbel |ˈbɑːrbəl| — slender tactile process on the jaws of a fish

barbell |ˈbɑːrbel| — a bar to which heavy discs are attached at each end; used in weightlifting

barber |ˈbɑːrbər| — United States composer (1910-1981)

barberry |barbery| — any of numerous plants of the genus Berberis having prickly stems and yellow flowers followed by small red berries

barbette |barˈbet| — (formerly) a mound of earth inside a fort from which heavy gun can be fired over the parapet

barbican |ˈbɑːrbɪkən| — a tower that is part of a defensive structure (such as a castle)

barbiturate |bɑːrˈbɪtʃʊrət| — organic compound having powerful soporific effect; overdose can be fatal

barcarole |ˌbɑːrkəˈroʊl| — a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers

barcarolle |ˌbɑːrkəˈroʊl| — a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers

bard |bɑːrd| — a lyric poet

bardic |ˈbɑːrdɪk| — being a bard or relating to a bard's poetry

bare |ber| — lay bare

bareback |ˈberbæk| — without a saddle

barebacked |ˌbeəˈbækt| — without a saddle

barefaced |ˈberfeɪst| — with no effort to conceal

barefoot |ˈberfʊt| — without shoes on

barefooted |ˈbeəfʊtɪd| — without shoes on

bareheaded |ˌberˈhedɪd| — having the head uncovered

barelegged |ˈberleɡəd| — having the legs uncovered by clothing

barely |ˈberli| — only a very short time before

bareness |ˈbeənəs| — a bleak and desolate atmosphere

barf |bɑːrf| — the matter ejected in vomiting

bargain |ˈbɑːrɡən| — an agreement between parties (usually arrived at after discussion) fixing obligations of each

bargainer |ˈbɑːrɡənər| — someone who purchases and maintains an inventory of goods to be sold

bargaining |ˈbɑːrɡənɪŋ| — the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement

barge |bɑːrdʒ| — a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)

barge in |ˈbɑːrdʒ ɪn| — enter uninvited; informal

bargee |bɑːrˈdʒiː| — someone who operates a barge

bargeman |ˈbɑːrdʒmən| — someone who operates a barge

baric |ˈbærɪk| — of or relating to or containing barium

barilla |bəˈrɪlə| — bushy plant of Old World salt marshes and sea beaches having prickly leaves; burned to produce a crude soda ash

baring |ˈberɪŋ| — the removal of covering

baritone |ˈbærɪtoʊn| — a male singer

barium |ˈberiəm| — a soft silvery metallic element of the alkali earth group; found in barite

bark |bɑːrk| — tough protective covering of the woody stems and roots of trees and other woody plants

barkeeper |ˈbɑːrˌkiːpər| — an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar

barker |ˈbɑːrkər| — someone who stands in front of a show (as at a carnival) and gives a loud colorful sales talk to potential customers

barley |ˈbɑːrli| — a grain of barley

barleycorn |ˈbɑːrlikɔːrn| — a grain of barley

barm |bɑːrm| — a commercial leavening agent containing yeast cells; used to raise the dough in making bread and for fermenting beer or whiskey

barmaid |ˈbɑːrmeɪd| — a female bartender

barman |ˈbɑːrmən| — an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar

barmy |ˈbɑːrmi| — marked by spirited enjoyment

barn |bɑːrn| — an outlying farm building for storing grain or animal feed and housing farm animals

barnacle |ˈbɑːrnəkl| — marine crustaceans with feathery food-catching appendages; free-swimming as larvae; as adults form a hard shell and live attached to submerged surfaces

barnstorm |ˈbɑːrnstɔːrm| — appear at county fairs and carnivals as a stunt flier and parachute jumper

barnstormer |ˈbɑːrnstɔːrmər| — an actor who travels around the country presenting plays

barnyard |ˈbɑːrnjɑːrd| — a yard adjoining a barn

barograph |ˈbærəɡræf| — a recording barometer; automatically records on paper the variations in atmospheric pressure

barometer |bəˈrɑːmɪtər| — an instrument that measures atmospheric pressure

barometric |ˌbærəˈmetrɪk| — relating to atmospheric pressure or indicated by a barometer

barometrical |ˌbærəˈmetrɪkəl| — relating to atmospheric pressure or indicated by a barometer

baron |ˈbærən| — a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank

baronage |ˈberənij| — the peers of a kingdom considered as a group

baroness |ˌbærəˈnes| — a noblewoman who holds the rank of baron or who is the wife or widow of a baron

baronet |ˈbærənət| — a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight

baronetage  — the collective body of baronets

baronetcy |ˈbærənətsi| — the rank or dignity or position of a baronet or baroness

baronial |bəˈroʊniəl| — impressive in appearance

barony |ˈbærəni| — the estate of a baron

baroque |bəˈroʊk| — the historic period from about 1600 until 1750 when the baroque style of art, architecture, and music flourished in Europe

barouche |bəˈruːʃ| — a horse-drawn carriage having four wheels; has an outside seat for the driver and facing inside seats for two couples and a folding top

barque |bɑːrk| — a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts

barrack |ˈbærək| — a building or group of buildings used to house military personnel

barracking |ˈbærəkɪŋ| — shouting to interrupt a speech with which you disagree

barracouta |ˌbærəˈkuːtə| — a large marine food fish common on the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa

barracuda |ˌbærəˈkuːdə| — any voracious marine fish of the genus Sphyraena having an elongated cylindrical body and large mouth with projecting lower jaw and long strong teeth

barrage |bəˈrɑːʒ| — the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

barrator |ˈbærʌtər| — someone guilty of barratry

barratry |ˈbærʌtriː| — traffic in ecclesiastical offices or preferments

barred |ˈbɑːrd| — preventing entry or exit or a course of action

barrel |ˈbærəl| — a tube through which a bullet travels when a gun is fired

barren |ˈbærən| — an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation

barrenness |ˈbærənəs| — the state (usually of a woman) of having no children or being unable to have children

barrette |bæˈret| — a pin for holding women's hair in place

barricade |ˌbærɪˈkeɪd| — a barrier set up by police to stop traffic on a street or road in order to catch a fugitive or inspect traffic etc.

barricado  — block off with barricades

barrier |ˈbæriər| — a structure or object that impedes free movement

barring |ˈbɑːrɪŋ| — the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto

barrister |ˈbærɪstər| — a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution

barroom |ˈbɑːruːm| — a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter

barrow |ˈbæroʊ| — the quantity that a barrow will hold

barrow-boy |ˈbæroʊ bɔɪ| — a hawker of fruit and vegetables from a barrow

bartender |ˈbɑːrtendər| — an employee who mixes and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar

barter |ˈbɑːrtər| — an equal exchange

barter away |ˈbɑːrtər əˈweɪ| — trade in in a bartering transaction

baryta |bəˈraɪtə| — any of several compounds of barium

barytone |ˈbærɪˌtoʊn| — a male singer

basal |ˈbeɪsl| — of or being the essential or basic part

basalt |bəˈsɔːlt| — the commonest type of solidified lava; a dense dark grey fine-grained igneous rock that is composed chiefly of plagioclase feldspar and pyroxene

basaltic |bəˈsɔltɪk| — of or relating to or containing basalt

bascule |ˈbæskjuːl| — a structure or device in which one end is counterbalanced by the other (on the principle of the seesaw)

base |beɪs| — installation from which a military force initiates operations

baseball |ˈbeɪsbɔːl| — a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs

baseboard |ˈbeɪsbɔːrd| — a molding covering the joint formed by a wall and the floor

baseborn |ˈbeɪsbɔːn| — of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

baseless |ˈbeɪsləs| — without a basis in reason or fact

baseline |ˈbeɪslaɪn| — an imaginary line or standard by which things are measured or compared

basely |beɪsli| — in a despicable, ignoble manner

basement |ˈbeɪsmənt| — the lowermost portion of a structure partly or wholly below ground level; often used for storage

baseness |ˈbeɪsnəs| — unworthiness by virtue of lacking higher values

bash |bæʃ| — a vigorous blow

bashful |ˈbæʃfl| — self-consciously timid

bashfully |ˈbæʃfli| — in a shy or timid or bashful manner

bashfulness |ˈbæʃfnəs| — feeling embarrassed due to modesty

basic |ˈbeɪsɪk| — a popular programming language that is relatively easy to learn; an acronym for beginner's all-purpose symbolic instruction code; no longer in general use

basically |ˈbeɪsɪkli| — in essence; at bottom or by one's (or its) very nature

basics |ˈbeɪsɪks| — a statement of fundamental facts or principles

basil |ˈbæzl| — any of several Old World tropical aromatic annual or perennial herbs of the genus Ocimum

basilica |bəˈzɪlɪkə| — an early Christian church designed like a Roman basilica; or a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges

basilisk |ˈbæzɪlɪsk| — (classical mythology) a serpent (or lizard or dragon) able to kill with its breath or glance

basin |ˈbeɪsn| — a bowl-shaped vessel; usually used for holding food or liquids

basinet |ˌbasəˈnet| — a medieval steel helmet

basis |ˈbeɪsɪs| — a relation that provides the foundation for something

bask |bæsk| — derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

basket |ˈbæskɪt| — a container that is usually woven and has handles

basketball |ˈbæskɪtbɔːl| — a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop

basketful |ˈbæskɪtfʊl| — the quantity contained in a basket

basketry |ˈbæskətri| — the craft of basket making

basque |bæsk| — a member of a people of unknown origin living in the western Pyrenees in France and Spain

bass |beɪs| — the lowest part of the musical range

basset |ˈbæsɪt| — smooth-haired breed of hound with short legs and long ears

bassinet |ˌbæsɪˈnet| — a basket (usually hooded) used as a baby's bed

basso |ˈbæsoʊ| — an adult male singer with the lowest voice

bassoon |bəˈsuːn| — a double-reed instrument; the tenor of the oboe family

basswood |ˈbaswʊd| — soft light-colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork

bast |bast| — strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of from various plants

bastard |ˈbæstərd| — insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous

bastardize |ˈbæstərdaɪz| — change something so that its value declines; for example, art forms

bastardly  — born out of wedlock

bastardy |ˈbæstədi| — the status of being born to parents who were not married

baste |beɪst| — a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together

bastille |ˈbæˌstɪl| — a fortress built in Paris in the 14th century and used as a prison in the 17th and 18th centuries; it was destroyed July 14, 1789 at the start of the French Revolution

bastinado |ˌbæstɪˈnɑːdoʊ| — a cudgel used to give someone a beating on the soles of the feet

basting |ˈbeɪstɪŋ| — a loose temporary sewing stitch to hold layers of fabric together

bastion |ˈbæstiən| — a group that defends a principle

bat |bæt| — nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

batch |bætʃ| — all the loaves of bread baked at the same time

bate |beɪt| — moderate or restrain; lessen the force of

batfowl |ˈbatfoul| — catch birds by temporarily blinding them

bath |bæθ| — a vessel containing liquid in which something is immersed (as to process it or to maintain it at a constant temperature or to lubricate it)

bathe |beɪð| — the act of swimming for pleasure or recreation

bather |ˈbeɪðər| — a person who travels through the water by swimming

bathhouse |ˈbæθhaʊs| — a building containing dressing rooms for bathers

bathing |ˈbeɪðɪŋ| — immersing the body in water or sunshine

bathometer |bəˈθɑːmɪtər| — an instrument that measures the depth of water

bathos |ˈbeɪθɑːs| — triteness or triviality of style

bathrobe |ˈbæθroʊb| — a loose-fitting robe of towelling; worn after a bath or swim

bathroom |ˈbæθruːm| — a room (as in a residence) containing a bathtub or shower and usually a washbasin and toilet

bathtub |ˈbæθtʌb| — a relatively large open container that you fill with water and use to wash the body

bathymetry |bəˈθɪmɪtriː| — measuring the depths of the oceans

bathyscaph  — navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration

bathyscaphe |ˈbæθɪˌskeɪf| — navigable deep diving vessel for underwater exploration

bathysphere |ˈbæθɪsfɪr| — spherical deep diving apparatus (lowered by a cable) for underwater exploration

batiste |bæˈtiːst| — a thin plain-weave cotton or linen fabric; used for shirts or dresses

batman |ˈbætmən| — an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer

baton |bəˈtɑːn| — a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir

batsman |ˈbætsmən| — (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

battalion |bəˈtæliən| — an army unit usually consisting of a headquarters and three or more companies

batten |ˈbætn| — stuffing made of rolls or sheets of cotton wool or synthetic fiber

batter |ˈbætər| — (baseball) a ballplayer who is batting

battered |ˈbætərd| — damaged by blows or hard usage

battery |ˈbætri| — group of guns or missile launchers operated together at one place

battery-powered  — powered by one or more electric batteries

batting |ˈbatɪŋ| — (baseball) the batter's attempt to get on base

battle |ˈbætl| — a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

battle-ax |ˈbætlæks| — a broadax used as a weapon

battle-axe |ˈbætl æks| — a sharp-tongued domineering wife

battledore |ˈbætldɔːr| — a light long-handled racket used by badminton players

battlefield |ˈbætlfiːld| — a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought

battleground |ˈbæt̬əlˌɡrɑʊnd| — a region where a battle is being (or has been) fought

battlement |ˈbadlmənt| — a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns

battler |ˈbatlər ˈbatl-ər| — someone who fights (or is fighting)

battleship |ˈbætlʃɪp| — large and heavily armoured warship

battlewagon |ˈbadlˌwaɡən| — large and heavily armoured warship

battue |bæˈtuː| — a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter

batty |ˈbæti| — informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

bauble |ˈbɔːbl| — a mock scepter carried by a court jester

baulk |bɔːk| — the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

bauxite |ˈbɔːksaɪt| — a clay-like mineral; the chief ore of aluminum; composed of aluminum oxides and aluminum hydroxides; used as an abrasive and catalyst

Bavarian |bəˈveriən| — a native or an inhabitant of Bavaria

bawbee |ˈbɔːbiː| — an old Scottish coin of little value

bawd |bɔːd| — a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

bawdiness |ˈbɔːdinəs| — the trait of behaving in an obscene manner

bawdry |ˈbɔːdriː| — lewd or obscene talk or writing

bawdy |ˈbɔːdi| — lewd or obscene talk or writing

bawl |bɔːl| — shout loudly and without restraint

bawl out |ˈbɒl ˈaʊt| — censure severely or angrily

bay |beɪ| — an indentation of a shoreline larger than a cove but smaller than a gulf

Bayesian  — of or relating to statistical methods based on Bayes' theorem

bayonet |ˈbeɪənət| — a knife that can be fixed to the end of a rifle and used as a weapon

bayou |ˈbaɪuː| — a swampy arm or slow-moving outlet of a lake (term used mainly in Mississippi and Louisiana)

bazaar |bəˈzɑːr| — a shop where a variety of goods are sold

bazar |bəˈzɑːr| — a street of small shops (especially in Orient)

bazooka |bəˈzuːkə| — a portable rocket launcher used by infantrymen as an antitank weapon