English dictionary


blab |blæb| — divulge confidential information or secrets

blabber |ˈblæbər| — one who reveals confidential information in return for money

black |blæk| — the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

black out |ˈblæk ˈaʊt| — obliterate or extinguish

black-and-white  — of a situation that is sharply divided into mutually exclusive categories

blackball |ˈblækbɔːl| — the act of excluding someone by a negative vote or veto

blackbeard |ˈblakbird| — an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)

blackberry |ˈblækberi| — large sweet black or very dark purple edible aggregate fruit of any of various bushes of the genus Rubus

blackbird |ˈblækbɜːrd| — any bird of the family Icteridae whose male is black or predominantly black

blackboard |ˈblækbɔːrd| — sheet of slate; for writing with chalk

blackcap |ˈblakˌkap| — raspberry native to eastern North America having black thimble-shaped fruit

blackcock |ˈblakkɒk| — male black grouse

blackdamp |ˈblakdamp| — the atmosphere in a mine following an explosion; high in carbon dioxide and incapable of supporting life

blacken |ˈblækən| — make or become black

blackface |ˈblækfeɪs| — the makeup (usually burnt cork) used by a performer in order to imitate a Negro

blackfly |ˈblækflaɪ| — blackish aphid that infests e.g. beans and sugar beets

blackguard |ˈblækɡɑːrd| — someone who is morally reprehensible

blackguardly |ˈblæɡədli| — lacking principles or scruples

blackhead |ˈblækhed| — a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin

blacking |ˈblækɪŋ| — a substance used to produce a shiny protective surface on footwear

blackish |ˈblækɪʃ| — of something that is somewhat black

blackjack |ˈblækdʒæk| — a common scrubby deciduous tree of central and southeastern United States having dark bark and broad three-lobed (club-shaped) leaves; tends to form dense thickets

blacklead |ˈblakled| — cover with graphite

blackleg |ˈblækleɡ| — someone who works (or provides workers) during a strike

blacklist |ˈblæklɪst| — a list of people who are out of favor

blackmail |ˈblækmeɪl| — extortion of money by threats to divulge discrediting information

blackmailer |ˈblækmeɪlər| — a criminal who extorts money from someone by threatening to expose embarrassing information about them

blackness |ˈblæknəs| — the quality or state of the achromatic color of least lightness (bearing the least resemblance to white)

blackout |ˈblækaʊt| — a suspension of radio or tv broadcasting

blackshirt |ˈblækʃɜːrt| — a member of the Italian fascist party before World War II

blacksmith |ˈblæksmɪθ| — a smith who forges and shapes iron with a hammer and anvil

blackthorn |ˈblækθɔːrn| — a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits

bladder |ˈblædər| — a distensible membranous sac (usually containing liquid or gas)

bladdery |ˈblædərɪ| — resembling a bladder

blade |bleɪd| — especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole

blaeberry |ˈbleɪbəri| — erect European blueberry having solitary flowers and blue-black berries

blah |blɑː| — pompous or pretentious talk or writing

blain |ˈbleɪn| — an inflammatory swelling or sore

blamable  — deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious

blame |bleɪm| — an accusation that you are responsible for some lapse or misdeed

blameable  — deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious

blameful |ˈbleɪmfəl| — deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious

blameless |ˈsliːvləs| — free of guilt; not subject to blame

blamelessness  — a state of innocence

blameworthy |ˈbleɪmwɜːrði| — deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious

blanch |blæntʃ| — turn pale, as if in fear

blancmange |bləˈmɑːnʒ| — sweet almond-flavored milk pudding thickened with gelatin or cornstarch; usually molded

bland |blænd| — lacking taste or flavor or tang

blandish |ˈblændɪʃ| — praise somewhat dishonestly

blandishment |ˈblændɪʃmənt| — flattery intended to persuade

blandly |ˈblændli| — in a bland manner

blank |blæŋk| — a blank character used to separate successive words in writing or printing

blanket |ˈblæŋkɪt| — bedding that keeps a person warm in bed

blankly |ˈblæŋkli| — in a blank and uncomprehending manner

blare |bler| — a loud harsh or strident noise

blarney |ˈblɑːrni| — flattery designed to gain favor

blase |ˈbleɪz| — very sophisticated especially because of surfeit; versed in the ways of the world

blaspheme |blæsˈfiːm| — utter obscenities or profanities

blasphemous |ˈblæsfəməs| — grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

blasphemy |ˈblæsfəmi| — blasphemous language (expressing disrespect for God or for something sacred)

blast |blæst| — a very long fly ball

blasted |ˈblæstɪd| — expletives used informally as intensifiers

blastema |blæˈstiːmə| — a mass of undifferentiated cells from which an organ or body part develops

blaster |ˈblæstər| — a workman employed to blast with explosives

blasting |ˈblæstɪŋ| — causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin

blastoderm |ˈblastəˌdərm| — a layer of cells on the inside of the blastula

blatancy  — the property of being both obvious and offensive

blatant |ˈbleɪtnt| — without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

blatantly |ˈbleɪtəntli| — in a blatant manner

blather |ˈblæðər| — foolish gibberish

blatherskite |ˈblæðʌrˌskaɪt| — foolish gibberish

blaze |bleɪz| — a strong flame that burns brightly

blaze away |ˈbleɪz əˈweɪ| — perform (an acting passage) brilliantly and rapidly

blaze up |ˈbleɪz ʌp| — burn brightly

blazer |ˈbleɪzər| — lightweight single-breasted jacket; often striped in the colors of a club or school

blazing |ˈbleɪzɪŋ| — a strong flame that burns brightly

blazon |ˈbleɪzn| — the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

blazonry |ˈbleɪzənri| — the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

bleach |bliːtʃ| — the whiteness that results from removing the color from something

bleacher |ˈbliːtʃər| — a worker who bleaches (cloth or flour etc.)

bleak |bliːk| — offering little or no hope

bleakness |ˈbliːknəs| — a bleak and desolate atmosphere

blear |blir| — make dim or indistinct

blear-eyed |aɪd| — tired to the point of exhaustion

bleary |ˈblɪri| — tired to the point of exhaustion

bleary-eyed |ˌblɪərɪ ˈaɪd| — tired to the point of exhaustion

bleat |bliːt| — the sound of sheep or goats (or any sound resembling this)

bleb |bleb| — (pathology) an elevation of the skin filled with serous fluid

bleed |bliːd| — lose blood from one's body

bleeder |ˈbliːdər| — someone who has hemophilia and is subject to uncontrollable bleeding

bleeding |ˈbliːdɪŋ| — the flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessel

bleep |bliːp| — a short high tone produced as a signal or warning

blemish |ˈblemɪʃ| — a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

blench |blentʃ| — turn pale, as if in fear

blend |blend| — an occurrence of thorough mixing

blende |blend| — an ore that is the chief source of zinc; consists largely of zinc sulfide in crystalline form

blended |ˈblendəd| — combined or mixed together so that the constituent parts are indistinguishable

blender |ˈblendər| — an electrically powered mixer with whirling blades that mix or chop or liquefy foods

blending |ˈblendɪŋ| — the act of blending components together thoroughly

Blenheim |ˈblenəm| — the First Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated the French in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession

bless |bles| — give a benediction to

blessed |ˈblesɪd| — worthy of worship

blessedness |ˈblesɪdnəs| — a state of supreme happiness

blessing |ˈblesɪŋ| — the formal act of approving

blest |blest| — highly favored or fortunate (as e.g. by divine grace)

blether |ˈbleðər| — idle or foolish and irrelevant talk

blewits |ˈbluːɪts| — edible agaric that is pale lilac when young; has a smooth moist cap

blight |blaɪt| — a state or condition being blighted

blighter |ˈblaɪtər| — a persistently annoying person

Blighty |ˈblaɪti| — a slang term for Great Britain used by British troops serving abroad

blimp |blɪmp| — any elderly pompous reactionary ultranationalistic person (after the cartoon character created by Sir David Low)

blind |blaɪnd| — people who have severe visual impairments, considered as a group

blinder |ˈblaɪndər| — blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side

blindfold |ˈblaɪndfoʊld| — a cloth used to cover the eyes

blindfolded |ˈblaɪndfoʊldɪd| — wearing a blindfold

blinding |ˈblaɪndɪŋ| — shining intensely

blindly |ˈblaɪndli| — without seeing or looking

blindness |ˈblaɪndnəs| — the state of being blind or lacking sight

blink |blɪŋk| — a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

blinker |ˈblɪŋkər| — a light that flashes on and off; used as a signal or to send messages

blinking |ˈblɪŋkɪŋ| — a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

blip |blɪp| — a sudden minor shock or meaningless interruption

bliss |blɪs| — a state of extreme happiness

blissful |ˈblɪsfl| — completely happy and contented

blister |ˈblɪstər| — a flaw on a surface resulting when an applied substance does not adhere (as an air bubble in a coat of paint)

blistering |ˈblɪstərɪŋ| — the formation of vesicles in or beneath the skin

blithe |blaɪð| — lacking or showing a lack of due concern

blithely |ˈblaɪðli| — in a joyous manner

blither |ˈblɪðər| — to talk foolishly

blithesome |ˈblaɪðsəm| — carefree and happy and lighthearted

blitz |blɪts| — (American football) defensive players try to break through the offensive line

blitzkrieg |ˈblɪtskriːɡ| — a swift and violent military offensive with intensive aerial bombardment

blizzard |ˈblɪzərd| — a storm with widespread snowfall accompanied by strong winds

bloat |bloʊt| — swelling of the rumen or intestinal tract of domestic animals caused by excessive gas

bloater |ˈbloʊtər| — large fatty herring lightly salted and briefly smoked

blob |blɑːb| — an indistinct shapeless form

bloc |blɑːk| — a group of countries in special alliance

block |blɑːk| — a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

blockade |blɑːˈkeɪd| — a war measure that isolates some area of importance to the enemy

blockaded |ˌblɑːˈkeɪdəd| — preventing entry or exit or a course of action

blockage |ˈblɑːkɪdʒ| — the physical condition of blocking or filling a passage with an obstruction

blockbuster |ˈblɑːkbʌstər| — a large bomb used to demolish extensive areas (as a city block)

blocked |ˈblɑːkt| — closed to traffic

blocker |ˈblɑːkər| — a football player whose responsibility is to block players attempting to stop an offensive play

blockhead |ˈblɑːkhed| — a stupid person; these words are used to express a low opinion of someone's intelligence

blockhouse |ˈblɑːkhaʊs| — a stronghold that is reinforced for protection from enemy fire; with apertures for defensive fire

blocking |ˈblɑːkɪŋ| — the act of obstructing or deflecting someone's movements

blockish |ˈblɑːkɪʃ| — resembling a block in shape

blog |blɑːɡ| — a shared on-line journal where people can post diary entries about their personal experiences and hobbies

blogger |ˈblɑːɡər| — a person who keeps and updates a blog

bloke |bloʊk| — a boy or man

blond |ˈblɑːnd| — a person with fair skin and hair

blonde |blɑːnd| — a person with fair skin and hair

blood |blʌd| — the fluid (red in vertebrates) that is pumped through the body by the heart and contains plasma, blood cells, and platelets

blood-red |ˈbləd ˈˌred| — of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies

bloodbath |ˈblʌdbæθ| — indiscriminate slaughter

bloodcurdling |ˈblʌdˌkɜrdəlɪŋ| — extremely alarming

blooded |ˈblədəd| — of unmixed ancestry

bloodguilt |ˈblədɡilt| — the state of being guilty of bloodshed and murder

bloodguilty  — guilty of murder or bloodshed

bloodhound |ˈblʌdhaʊnd| — a breed of large powerful hound of European origin having very acute smell and used in tracking

bloodiness |ˈblʌdɪnɪs| — the state of being bloody

bloodless |ˈblʌdləs| — destitute of blood or apparently so

bloodletting |ˈblʌdletɪŋ| — formerly used as a treatment to reduce excess blood (one of the four humors of medieval medicine)

bloodline |ˈblʌdlaɪn| — the descendants of one individual

bloodroot |ˈblʌdruːt| — perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant

bloodshed |ˈblʌdʃed| — the shedding of blood resulting in murder

bloodshot |ˈblʌdʃɑːt| — (of an eye) reddened as a result of locally congested blood vessels; inflamed

bloodstained |ˈblʌdsteɪnd| — covered with blood

bloodstone |ˈblədˌstoʊn| — green chalcedony with red spots that resemble blood

bloodstream |ˈblʌdstriːm| — the blood flowing through the circulatory system

bloodsucker |ˈblʌdsʌkər| — carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

bloodthirstiness |ˈblʌdθɝːstɪnəs| — a disposition to shed blood

bloodthirsty |ˈblʌdθɜːrsti| — marked by eagerness to resort to violence and bloodshed

bloodworm |ˈblədwərm| — a segmented marine worm with bright red body; often used for bait

bloody |ˈblʌdi| — cover with blood

bloody-minded |ˌblʌdɪ ˈmaɪndɪd| — stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate

bloom |bluːm| — the organic process of bearing flowers

bloomer |ˈbluːmər| — a flower that blooms in a particular way

bloomers |ˈbluːmərz| — (used in the plural) underpants worn by women

blooming |ˈbluːmɪŋ| — the organic process of bearing flowers

blooper |ˈbluːpər| — an embarrassing mistake

blossom |ˈblɑːsəm| — reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts

blossoming |ˈblɑːsəmɪŋ| — the time and process of budding and unfolding of blossoms

blot |blɑːt| — a blemish made by dirt

blot out |ˈblɑːt ˈaʊt| — make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

blotch |blɑːtʃ| — an irregularly shaped spot

blotched |ˈblɒtʃt| — marked with irregularly shaped spots or blots

blotchy |ˈblɑːtʃi| — marked with irregularly shaped spots or blots

blotter |ˈblɑːtər| — absorbent paper used to dry ink

blotto |ˈblɑːtoʊ| — very drunk

blouse |blaʊs| — a top worn by women

bloviate |ˈbloʊvieɪt| — orate verbosely and windily

blow |bloʊ| — a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

blow off |ˈbloʊ ˈɒf| — come off due to an explosion or other strong force

blow out |ˈbloʊ ˈaʊt| — melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

blow over |ˈbloʊ ˈoʊvr̩| — disappear gradually

blow up |ˈbloʊ ʌp| — cause to burst with a violent release of energy

blow-by-blow |ˈbloʊbɑɪˈbloʊ| — providing great detail

blowball |ˈbloʊˌbɔːl| — any of several herbs of the genus Taraxacum having long tap roots and deeply notched leaves and bright yellow flowers followed by fluffy seed balls

blower |ˈbloʊər| — a device that produces a current of air

blowfly |ˈbloʊflaɪ| — large usually hairy metallic blue or green fly; lays eggs in carrion or dung or wounds

blowgun |ˈbləʊɡʌn| — a tube through which darts can be shot by blowing

blowhard |ˈbloʊhɑːrd| — a very boastful and talkative person

blowhole |ˈbloʊhoʊl| — the spiracle of a cetacean located far back on the skull

blowing |ˈbloʊɪŋ| — processing that involves blowing a gas

blowlamp |ˈbloʊlæmp| — a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame

blown |bloʊn| — being moved or acted upon by moving air or vapor

blowout |ˈbloʊaʊt| — an easy victory

blowpipe |ˈbloʊpaɪp| — a tube that directs air or gas into a flame to concentrate heat

blowsy |ˈblaʊzi| — characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women

blowtorch |ˈbloʊtɔːrtʃ| — a burner that mixes air and gas to produce a very hot flame

blowup |ˈbloˌəp| — a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

blowy |ˈblɔɪ| — abounding in or exposed to the wind or breezes

blowzy |ˈblaʊzi| — characteristic of or befitting a slut or slattern; used especially of women

blub |blʌb| — cry or whine with snuffling

blubber |ˈblʌbər| — an insulating layer of fat under the skin of whales and other large marine mammals; used as a source of oil

bludgeon |ˈblʌdʒən| — a club used as a weapon

blue |bluː| — blue color or pigment; resembling the color of the clear sky in the daytime

blue-chip |ˈbluːˌtʃɪp| — extremely valuable

blue-collar |ˈbluː kɒlər| — of those who work for wages especially manual or industrial laborers

blue-green  — of a bluish shade of green

blue-pencil |bluː ˈpensɪl| — cut or eliminate

Bluebeard |ˈbluːˌbiːrd| — (fairytale) a monstrous villain who marries seven women; he kills the first six for disobedience

bluebell |ˈbluːbel| — sometimes placed in genus Scilla

blueberry |ˈbluːberi| — any of numerous shrubs of the genus Vaccinium bearing blueberries

bluebird |ˈbluːbɜːrd| — fruit-eating mostly brilliant blue songbird of the East Indies

bluebottle |ˈbluːbɑːtl| — an annual Eurasian plant cultivated in North America having showy heads of blue or purple or pink or white flowers

blueing |ˈbluːɪŋ| — used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge

bluejacket |ˈbluːˌdʒækɪt| — a serviceman in the navy

blueprint |ˈbluːprɪnt| — something intended as a guide for making something else

blues |bluːz| — a type of folksong that originated among Black Americans at the beginning of the 20th century; has a melancholy sound from repeated use of blue notes

bluestocking |ˈbluːstɑːkɪŋ| — a woman having literary or intellectual interests

bluestone |ˈbluːˌstoʊn| — bluish-grey sandstone used for paving and building

bluff |blʌf| — a high steep bank (usually formed by river erosion)

bluffer |ˈblʌfər| — a person who tries to bluff other people

bluing |ˈbluːɪŋ| — used to whiten laundry or hair or give it a bluish tinge

bluish |ˈbluːɪʃ| — of the color intermediate between green and violet; having a color similar to that of a clear unclouded sky

blunder |ˈblʌndər| — an embarrassing mistake

blunder out |ˈblʌndər ˈaʊt| — utter impulsively

blunderbuss |ˈblʌndərbʌs| — a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle

blunt |blʌnt| — make less intense

bluntly |ˈblʌntli| — in a blunt direct manner

bluntness |ˈblʌntnəs| — the quality of being direct and outspoken

blur |blɜːr| — a hazy or indistinct representation

blurb |blɜːrb| — a promotional statement (as found on the dust jackets of books)

blurred |blɜːrd| — indistinct or hazy in outline

blurry |ˈblɜːri| — indistinct or hazy in outline

blurt |blɜːrt| — utter impulsively

blush |blʌʃ| — a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health

blusher |ˈblʌʃər| — yellowish edible agaric that usually turns red when touched

blushful  — having a red face from embarrassment or shame or agitation or emotional upset

blushing |ˈblʌʃɪŋ| — having a red face from embarrassment or shame or agitation or emotional upset

bluster |ˈblʌstər| — noisy confusion and turbulence

blusterer |ˈblʌstərə| — a person who causes trouble by speaking indiscreetly

blustering |ˈblʌstərɪŋ| — blowing in violent and abrupt bursts

blusterous |ˈblʌstərəs| — blowing in violent and abrupt bursts

blustery |ˈblʌstəri| — blowing in violent and abrupt bursts