English dictionary


bo |ˌbiːˈəʊ| — A male given name in occasional use since the 1970s.

bo-peep |bəʊˈpiːp| — The act of looking out suddenly, as from behind a screen, so as to startle someone (as by children in play), or of looking out and drawing suddenly back, as if frightened.

bo-tree |ˈbəʊtriː| — A fig tree regarded as sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.

boa |ˈbəʊə| — a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur

Boanerges |ˌbəʊəˈnɜːrdʒiːz| — A vociferous preacher or orator.

boar |bɔːr| — Old World wild swine having a narrow body and prominent tusks from which most domestic swine come; introduced in United States

board |bɔːrd| — a committee having supervisory powers

boarder |ˈbɔːrdər| — a tenant in someone's house

boarding |ˈbɔːrdɪŋ| — the act of passengers and crew getting aboard a ship or aircraft

boarding-house |ˈbɔːrdɪŋ haʊs| — A private house in which paying residents are provided with accommodation and meals.

boarding-school |ˈbɔːrdɪŋ skuːl| — A school which provides board and lodging as well as tuition, students going home at weekends or between terms

boardroom |ˈbɔːrdruːm| — a room where a committee meets (such as the board of directors of a company)

boardwalk |ˈbɔːrdwɔːk| — a walkway made of wooden boards; usually at seaside

boast |bəʊst| — speaking of yourself in superlatives

boaster |ˈbəʊstər| — a very boastful and talkative person

boastful |ˈbəʊstfl| — exhibiting self-importance

boastfulness  — outspoken conceit

boasting |ˈbəʊstɪŋ| — speaking of yourself in superlatives

boat |bəʊt| — a small vessel for travel on water

boat-hook |ˈbəʊt hʊk| — Alternative spelling of boathook.

boat-race |ˈbəʊt reɪs| — participate in a boat race

boatbuilding |ˈbəʊtˌbɪldɪŋ| — The construction of a boat or boats.

boater |ˈbəʊtər| — a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown

boatful |ˈbəʊtfʊl| — Enough of something to fill a boat, or a boat filled with the thing in question

boathook |ˈbəʊthʊk| — A hook attached to a pole in order to move floating boats.

boathouse |ˈbəʊthaʊs| — a shed at the edge of a river or lake; used to store boats

boating |ˈbəʊtɪŋ| — water travel for pleasure

boatman |ˈbəʊtmən| — someone who drives or rides in a boat

boatswain |ˈbəʊsn| — a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen

bob |bɑːb| — a former monetary unit in Great Britain

bob up |ˈbɑːb ʌp| — originate or come into being

bobbed |bɒbd| — simple past tense and past participle of bob

bobber |ˈbɑːbər| — a small float usually made of cork; attached to a fishing line

bobbery |ˈbɑːbəriː| — (dated) A squabble; a tumult; a noisy disturbance.

bobbin |ˈbɑːbɪn| — a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

bobbish |ˈbɑːbɪʃ| — (UK, slang, dated) hearty; in good spirits

bobby |ˈbɑːbɪ| — an informal term for a British policeman

bobby-soxer |ˈbɒbɪ sɑːksər| — (US) a teenage girl wearing bobby socks

bobbysoxer  — an adolescent girl wearing bobby socks (common in the 1940s)

bobcat |ˈbɑːbkæt| — small lynx of North America

bobolink |ˈbɒbəlɪŋk| — migratory American songbird

bobsled |ˈbɑːbsˌled| — formerly two short sleds coupled together

bobsleigh |ˈbɑːbsleɪ| — formerly two short sleds coupled together

bobtail |ˈbɑːbteɪl| — a short or shortened tail of certain animals

bock |ˈbɑːk| — a very strong lager traditionally brewed in the fall and aged through the winter for consumption in the spring

bode |bəʊd| — indicate, as with a sign or an omen

bodeful |ˈbəʊdfʊl| — Portentous; ominous.

bodega |bɔːˈdeɪɡɑː| — a small Hispanic shop selling wine and groceries

bodge |bɑːdʒ| — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

bodice |ˈbɑːdɪs| — part of a dress above the waist

bodiless |ˈbɒdɪlɪs| — not having a material body

bodily |ˈbɑːdɪlɪ| — affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit

boding |ˈbəʊdɪŋ| — a feeling of evil to come

bodkin |ˈbɑːdkɪn| — a dagger with a slender blade

Bodleian |bɑːdˈliːən| — Of or pertaining to Sir Thomas Bodley (1545–1613), English diplomat and scholar and founder of the Bodleian Library.

body |ˈbɑːdɪ| — the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

body-check |ˈbɑːdɪˌtʃek| — A move in ice hockey or lacrosse in which a player impedes another with his body

body-checking  — Present participle of body check.

body-snatcher |ˈbɒdɪ snætʃər| — One who secretly removes without right or authority a dead body from a grave, vault, etc.

bodybuilder |ˈbɑːdɪbɪldər| — someone who does special exercises to develop a brawny musculature

bodyguard |ˈbɑːdɪɡɑːrd| — someone who escorts and protects a prominent person

bodywork |ˈbɑːdɪwɜːrk| — the exterior body of a motor vehicle

Boeotian |biːˈəʊʃən| — of or relating to ancient Boeotia or its people or to the dialect spoken there in classical times

Boer |bɔːr| — a white native of Cape Province who is a descendant of Dutch settlers and who speaks Afrikaans

boff |ˈbɒf| — (slang) to have sexual intercourse (with someone)

boffin |ˈbɑːfən| — (British slang) a scientist or technician engaged in military research

boffo |ˈbɒfəʊ| — resoundingly successful and popular

bog |bɑːɡ| — wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel

bogberry  — (dated) The cranberry.

bogey |ˈbəʊɡɪ| — an evil spirit

bogeyman |ˈbəʊɡɪmæn| — an imaginary monster used to frighten children

boggard |ˈbɒɡəd| — (archaic) A ghost or goblin.

boggart |ˈbɒɡət| — Alternative spelling of boggard.

boggle |ˈbɑːɡl| — startle with amazement or fear

boggy |ˈbɑːɡɪ| — (of soil) soft and watery

bogie |ˈbəʊɡɪ| — an evil spirit

bogle |ˈbəʊɡ(ə)l| — A goblin; a frightful spectre or phantom; a bogy or bugbear.

bogtrotter |ˈbɒɡtrɒtə| — One who lives in a boggy country; applied in derision to the lowest class of Irish.

bogus |ˈbəʊɡəs| — fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

bogy |ˈbəʊɡɪ| — an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft

boh |bəʊ| — An exclamation used to startle or frighten.

Bohemia |bəʊˈhiːmɪə| — a historical area and former kingdom in the Czech Republic

Bohemian |bəʊˈhiːmɪən| — a member of a people with dark skin and hair who speak Romany and who traditionally live by seasonal work and fortunetelling; they are believed to have originated in northern India but now are living on all continents (but mostly in Europe, North Africa,

bohunk |ˈbəʊhʌŋk| — (North America, ethnic slur) An immigrant from Eastern or Central Europe.

boil |bɔɪl| — a painful sore with a hard core filled with pus

boil down |ˌbɔɪl ˈdaʊn| — be the essential element

boil over |ˌbɔɪl ˈəʊvər| — overflow or cause to overflow while boiling

boiled |ˌbɔɪld| — cooked in hot water

boiler |ˈbɔɪlər| — sealed vessel where water is converted to steam

boiler-room |ˈbɔɪlərʊm| — A room in a building that houses the boiler(s) and similar equipment.

boilerplate |ˈbɔɪlərpleɪt| — standard formulations uniformly found in certain types of legal documents or news stories

boilersuit |ˈbɔɪləsuːt| — a loose protective coverall or smock worn over ordinary clothing for dirty work

boiling |ˈbɔɪlɪŋ| — the application of heat to change something from a liquid to a gas

boiling-point |ˈbɔɪlɪŋ pɔɪnt| — (physics) The temperature at which a liquid boils, with the vapor pressure equal to the given external pressure.

boisterous |ˈbɔɪstərəs| — noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline

boisterousness |ˈbɔɪstərəsnɪs| — a turbulent and stormy state of the sea

boko |ˈbəʊkəʊ| — (dated, West Midlands) the nose.

bold |bəʊld| — a typeface with thick heavy lines

bold-faced |ˈbəʊldˌfeɪst| — brazen, audacious or impudent

boldly |ˈbəʊldlɪ| — with boldness, in a bold manner

boldness |ˈbəʊldnəs| — the trait of being willing to undertake things that involve risk or danger

bole |bəʊl| — a soft oily clay used as a pigment (especially a reddish brown pigment)

bolero |bəˈlerəʊ| — music written in the rhythm of the bolero dance

boletus |bəˈliːtəs| — type genus of Boletaceae; genus of soft early-decaying pore fungi; some poisonous and some edible

bolide |ˈbəʊlaɪd| — an especially luminous meteor (sometimes exploding)

bolivar |ˈbɑːləvər| — the basic unit of money in Venezuela; equal to 100 centimos

Bolivian |bɒˈlɪvɪən| — a native or inhabitant of Bolivia

boliviano |bəʊˌlɪviːˈɑːnəʊ| — the basic unit of money in Bolivia; equal to 100 centavos

boll |bəʊl| — the rounded seed-bearing capsule of a cotton or flax plant

bollard |ˈbɑːlərd| — a strong post (as on a wharf or quay or ship for attaching mooring lines)

bollocks |ˈbɑːləks| — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

bologna |bəˈləʊnjə| — the capital of Emilia-Romagna; located in northern Italy to the east of the Apennines

bolometer |bəˈlɑːmɪtər| — an instrument that measures heat radiation; extremely sensitive

boloney |bəˈləʊnɪ| — pretentious or silly talk or writing

Bolshevik |ˈbəʊlʃɪvɪk| — emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries

Bolshevism |ˈbəʊlʃɪvɪzəm| — Soviet communism

Bolshevist |ˈbɒlʃɪˌvɪst| — a Russian member of the left-wing majority group that followed Lenin and eventually became the Russian communist party

bolster |ˈbəʊlstər| — a pillow that is often put across a bed underneath the regular pillows

bolt |bəʊlt| — a discharge of lightning accompanied by thunder

bolt-hole |ˈbəʊlt həʊl| — a hole through which an animal may bolt when pursued into its burrow or den

bolter |ˈbəʊltə| — A person or thing that bolts, or runs suddenly.

bolting |ˈbəʊltɪŋ| — Present participle of bolt.

bolus |ˈbəʊləs| — a small round soft mass (as of chewed food)

bomb |bɑːm| — an explosive device fused to explode under specific conditions

bomb out |ˈbɑːm ˈaʊt| — make somebody homeless by destroying their houses with bombs

bomb up |ˈbɑːm ʌp| — load an aircraft with bombs

bombard |bɑːmˈbɑːrd| — a large shawm; the bass member of the shawm family

bombardier |ˌbɑːmbərˈdɪr| — a noncommissioned officer in the British artillery

bombardment |bɑːmˈbɑːrdmənt| — the rapid and continuous delivery of linguistic communication (spoken or written)

bombardon |ˈbɑːmbərdən| — a tuba that coils over the shoulder of the musician

bombasine |ˈbɒmbəsiːn| — A fabric made from silk, wool or cotton dyed black

bombast |ˈbɑːmbæst| — pompous or pretentious talk or writing

bombastic |bɑːmˈbæstɪk| — ostentatiously lofty in style

bombazine |bɑːmbəˈziːn| — a twilled fabric used for dresses; the warp is silk and the weft is worsted

bomber |ˈbɑːmər| — a military aircraft that drops bombs during flight

bombing |ˈbɑːmɪŋ| — an attack by dropping bombs

bombproof |ˈbɑːmpruːf| — a chamber (often underground) reinforced against bombing and provided with food and living facilities; used during air raids

bombshell |ˈbɑːmʃel| — an entertainer who has a sensational effect

bombsight |ˈbɑːmsaɪt| — a sighting device in an aircraft for aiming bombs

bombyx  — type genus of the Bombycidae: Chinese silkworm moth

bon-bon |ˈbɒnbɒn| — Alternative spelling of bonbon.

bonanza |bəˈnænzə| — an especially rich vein of precious ore

bonbon |ˈbɑːnbɑːn| — a candy that usually has a center of fondant or fruit or nuts coated in chocolate

bond |bɑːnd| — an electrical force linking atoms

bondage |ˈbɑːndɪdʒ| — the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power

bonded |ˈbɑːndəd| — simple past tense and past participle of bond

bonder |ˈbɒndə| — A machine or substance used to make a bond, or a person who uses such.

bondholder |ˈbɒndhəʊldə| — a holder of bonds issued by a government or corporation

bonding |ˈbɑndɪŋ| — a close personal relationship that forms between people (as between husband and wife or parent and child)

bondmaid |ˈbɑːndˌmeɪd| — a female bound to serve without wages

bondman |ˈbɑːndmən| — a male bound to serve without wages

bonds |ˈbɑːndz| — imprisonment, captivity

bondservant |ˈbɒndˌsɜːvənt| — An indentured servant.

bondslave |bɒndsleɪv| — One who works as a slave under an indenture; a bondsman or bondswoman.

bondsman |ˈbɑːndzmən| — a male slave

bondstone |ˈbɒndˌstəʊn| — A stone for bonding masonry to a similar backing.

bondswoman |ˈbɑːndzˌwʊmən| — someone who signs a bond as surety for someone else

bondwoman |ˈbɑːndˌwʊmən| — a female bound to serve without wages

bone |bəʊn| — rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

bone up |ˈbəʊn ʌp| — study intensively, as before an exam

bone-dry |bəʊn ˈdraɪ| — without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone

bone-head |ˈbəʊn hed| — Alternative form of bonehead.

bone-meal |ˈbəʊnmiːl| — Ground bones used as a slow-release fertilizer, especially for bulbs.

bone-shaker |ˈbəʊnˌʃeɪkə| — Alternative spelling of boneshaker.

boned |ˈbəʊnd| — having had the bones removed

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

boneless |ˈbəʊnləs| — being without a bone or bones

boner |ˈbəʊnər| — an embarrassing mistake

bones |ˈbəʊnz| — (used in the plural) a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance

bonesetter |ˈbəʊnˌsetə| — someone (not necessarily a licensed physician) who sets broken bones

bonfire |ˈbɑːnfaɪər| — a large outdoor fire that is lighted as a signal or in celebration

bonhomie |ˌbɑːnəˈmiː| — a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)

Boniface |ˈbɑːnəˌfeɪs| — (Roman Catholic Church) Anglo-Saxon missionary who was sent to Frisia and Germany to spread the Christian faith; was martyred in Frisia (680-754)

bonk |bɑːŋk| — have sexual intercourse with

bonkers |ˈbɑːŋkərz| — informal or slang terms for mentally irregular

bonne |ˈbɑːn| — A female servant charged with the care of a young child; a nurse.

bonnet |ˈbɑːnət| — a hat tied under the chin

bonny |ˈbɑːnɪ| — very pleasing to the eye

bonnyclabber  — Sour, soured, fermented or curdled milk; acidophilus milk.

bonus |ˈbəʊnəs| — anything that tends to arouse

bony |ˈbəʊnɪ| — being very thin

bonze |bɑːnz| — A Buddhist priest in Japan.

boo |buː| — a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt

boo-boo |ˈbuːbuː| — an embarrassing mistake

boob |buːb| — an ignorant or foolish person

boobs |ˈbuːbz| — plural form of boob

booby |ˈbuːbɪ| — an ignorant or foolish person

booby-trap |ˈbuːbɪ træp| — (military) An antipersonnel device deliberately hidden or disguised as a harmless object

boodle |ˈbuːdəl| — informal terms for money

boogeyman |ˈbʊɡɪˌmæn| — an imaginary monster used to frighten children

book |bʊk| — a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

book-club |ˈbʊkklʌb| — A group of people who meet to discuss the books they have been reading.

book-keeper |ˈbʊk kiːpər| — Alternative spelling of bookkeeper.

book-keeping |ˈbʊkˌkiːpɪŋ| — Alternative spelling of bookkeeping.

book-learning |ˈbʊkˌlɜːnɪŋ| — Alternative form of book-learning.

bookbinder |ˈbʊkbaɪndər| — a worker whose trade is binding books

bookbindery  — a bookbinder's workshop; a place for binding books

bookbinding |ˈbʊkbaɪndərɪŋ| — the craft of binding books

bookcase |ˈbʊkkeɪs| — a piece of furniture with shelves for storing books

booked |ˈbʊkt| — reserved in advance

bookend |ˈbʊkend| — a support placed at the end of a row of books to keep them upright (on a shelf or table)

booker |ˈbʊkər| — someone who engages a person or company for performances

bookie |ˈbʊkɪ| — a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races)

booking |ˈbʊkɪŋ| — employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time

bookish |ˈbʊkɪʃ| — characterized by diligent study and fondness for reading

bookjacket  — The jacket of a book.

bookkeeper |ˈbʊkkiːpər| — someone who records the transactions of a business

bookkeeping |ˈbʊkkiːpɪŋ| — the activity of recording business transactions

bookless |ˈbʊklɪs| — Without a book or books.

booklet |ˈbʊklət| — a small book usually having a paper cover

booklore  — alternative term for of book-learning

booklover  — someone who loves (and usually collects) books

bookmaker |ˈbʊkmeɪkər| — a maker of books; someone who edits or publishes or binds books

bookman |ˈbʊkmən| — a learned person (especially in the humanities); someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines

bookmark |ˈbʊkmɑːrk| — a marker (a piece of paper or ribbon) placed between the pages of a book to mark the reader's place

bookmarker |ˈbʊkmɑːrkər| — a marker (a piece of paper or ribbon) placed between the pages of a book to mark the reader's place

bookmobile |ˈbʊkməbiːl| — a van with shelves of books; serves as a mobile library or bookstore

bookplate |ˈbʊkpleɪt| — a label identifying the owner of a book in which it is pasted

bookrack  — A rack for books; a bookshelf.

bookseller |ˈbʊkselər| — the proprietor of a bookstore

bookselling |ˈbʊkˌselɪŋ| — The sale of books.

bookshelf |ˈbʊkʃelf| — a shelf on which to keep books

bookshop |ˈbʊkʃɑːp| — a shop where books are sold

bookstall |ˈbʊkstɔːl| — a shop where books are sold

bookstand |ˈbʊˌstænd| — A small stall where books are sold

bookstore |ˈbʊkˌstɔːr| — a shop where books are sold

bookworm |ˈbʊkwɜːrm| — a person who pays more attention to formal rules and book learning than they merit

boom |buːm| — a deep prolonged loud noise

boomer |ˈbuːmər| — a member of the baby boom generation in the 1950s

boomerang |ˈbuːməræŋ| — a curved piece of wood; when properly thrown will return to thrower

booming |ˈbuːmɪŋ| — very lively and profitable

boon |buːn| — a desirable state

boondocks |ˈbuːndɑːks| — a remote and undeveloped area

boor |bʊr| — a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement

boorish |ˈbɔːrɪʃ| — ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance

boose |ˈbuːs| — (dialect) A stall for an animal (usually a cow).

boost |buːst| — the act of giving hope or support to someone

booster |ˈbuːstər| — a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

boot |buːt| — footwear that covers the whole foot and lower leg

boot out |ˈbuːt ˈaʊt| — remove from a position or office

boot-tree |ˈbuːttriː| — Alternative spelling of boottree.

bootblack |ˈbuːtˌblæk| — a person who polishes shoes and boots

bootee |buːˈtiː| — a slipper that is soft and wool (for babies)

Bootes |bəʊˈəʊtiːz| — a constellation in the northern hemisphere near Ursa Major

booth |buːθ| — a table (in a restaurant or bar) surrounded by two high-backed benches

bootjack |ˈbuːtˌdʒæk| — has V-shaped notch for pulling off boots

bootlace |ˈbuːtleɪs| — a long lace for fastening boots

bootleg |ˈbuːtleɡ| — whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

bootlegger |ˈbuːˌtleɡər| — someone who makes or sells illegal liquor

bootless |ˈbuːtlɪs| — unproductive of success

bootlick |ˈbuːtlɪk| — try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

bootlicker |ˈbuːtlɪkər| — someone who humbles himself as a sign of respect; who behaves as if he had no self-respect

bootlicking  — attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

bootmaker |ˈbuːtˌmeɪkə| — a maker of boots

boots |ˈbuːts| — plural form of boot

bootstrap |ˈbuːtstræp| — a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on

booty |ˈbuːtɪ| — goods or money obtained illegally

booze |buːz| — an alcoholic beverage that is distilled rather than fermented

boozer |ˈbuːzər| — a person who drinks alcohol to excess habitually

boozing |ˈbuːzɪŋ| — the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess

boozy |buːzɪ| — given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol

bora |ˈbɔːrə| — A initiation ceremony for males among the Aborigines of New South Wales.

boracic |bəˈrasɪk| — of or relating to or derived from or containing boron

borage |ˈbɔːrɪdʒ| — hairy blue-flowered European annual herb long used in herbal medicine and eaten raw as salad greens or cooked like spinach

borax |ˈbɔːræks| — an ore of boron consisting of hydrated sodium borate; used as a flux or cleansing agent

Bordeaux |bɔːrˈdəʊ| — a port city in southwestern France; a major center of the wine trade

bordel  — (now rare) A brothel.

bordello |bɔːrˈdeləʊ| — a building where prostitutes are available

border |ˈbɔːrdər| — a line that indicates a boundary

bordered |ˈbɔːrdərd| — having a border especially of a specified kind; sometimes used as a combining term

borderer |ˈbɔːrdərər| — an inhabitant of a border area (especially the border between Scotland and England)

borderland |ˈbɔːrdərlænd| — district consisting of the area on either side of a border or boundary of a country or an area

borderless |ˈbɔːdəlɪs| — Not having a border.

borderline |ˈbɔːrdərlaɪn| — a line that indicates a boundary

bordure |ˈbɔːdjʊə| — (heraldry) A contrasting border round a shield

bore |bɔːr| — a person who evokes boredom

boreal |bɔːriːəl| — comprising or throughout far northern regions

Boreas |bɔːriːəs| — a wind that blows from the north

borecole |bɔːrˌkəʊl| — a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head

bored |bɔːrd| — tired of the world

boredom |ˈbɔːrdəm| — the feeling of being bored by something tedious

borehole |ˈbɔːrhəʊl| — A hole bored into the ground to collect samples for analysis or to extract oil or water.

borer |ˈbɔːrər| — a drill for penetrating rock

borescope |ˈbɔːskəʊp| — An optical instrument used for seeing inside tight spaces, consisting of a rigid or flexible tube with an optical relay inside so that the view through a lens or window at one end of the tube may be seen from a lens or eyepiece in the opposite end of the

boric |ˈbɔːrɪk| — of or relating to or derived from or containing boron

boring |ˈbɔːrɪŋ| — the act of drilling

born |bɔːrn| — British nuclear physicist (born in Germany) honored for his contributions to quantum mechanics (1882-1970)

borne |bɔːrn| — carried, supported.

boron |ˈbɔːrɑːn| — a trivalent metalloid element; occurs both in a hard black crystal and in the form of a yellow or brown powder

borough |ˈbɜːrəʊ| — one of the administrative divisions of a large city

borough-English |ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ| — (law, UK, obsolete) patrilineal ultimogeniture; inheritance by the youngest surviving male child

borrow |ˈbɑːrəʊ| — get temporarily

borrowed |ˈbɔːrəʊd| — simple past tense and past participle of borrow

borrower |ˈbɑːrəʊər| — someone who receives something on the promise to return it or its equivalent

borrowing |ˈbɑːrəʊɪŋ| — the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source

borsch |ˈbɔːrʃ| — a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice as a foundation

borscht |bɔːrʃt| — a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice as a foundation

Borstal |ˈbɔːrstl| — formerly a British reform school for youths considered too young to send to prison

bort |ˈbɔːrt| — (uncountable) Poor quality diamond, used for industrial cutting or abrasion; a poorly crystallized diamond.

borzoi |ˈbɔːrzɔɪ| — tall fast-moving dog breed

boscage |ˈbɑːskɪdʒ| — A place set with trees or mass of shrubbery, a grove or thicket.

bosh |ˈbɑːʃ| — pretentious or silly talk or writing

bosk |bɑːsk| — a small wooded area

boskage |ˈbɑːskɪdʒ| — Alternative form of boscage.

bosket |ˈbɑːskɪt| — A small grove or copse of trees, a thicket.

bosky |ˈbɒskɪ| — covered with or consisting of bushes or thickets

Bosnian |ˈbɑːznɪən| — of or relating to or characteristic of Bosnia-Herzegovina or the people of Bosnia

bosom |ˈbʊzəm| — the chest considered as the place where secret thoughts are kept

bosom-friend |ˈbʊzəmfrend| — A very close friend.

bosquet |ˈbɑːskɪt| — Alternative spelling of bosket.

boss |bɔːs| — a person who exercises control over workers

bossy |ˈbɔːsɪ| — offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power

Boston |ˈbɑːstən| — state capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services

bosun |ˈbəʊsən| — a petty officer on a merchant ship who controls the work of other seamen

bot |bɑːt| — botfly larva; typically develops inside the body of a horse or sheep or human

bot-fly |ˈbɒtflaɪ| — Alternative spelling of botfly.

botanic |bəˈtænɪk| — of or relating to plants or botany

botanical |bəˈtænɪkl| — a drug made from part of a plant (as the bark or root or leaves)

botanist |ˈbɑːtənɪst| — a biologist specializing in the study of plants

botanize |ˈbɒtənaɪz| — collect and study plants

botany |ˈbɑːtənɪ| — all the plant life in a particular region or period

botch |bɑːtʃ| — an embarrassing mistake

botcher |ˈbɒtʃər| — someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

botchery  — An act of botching.

botfly |ˈbɑːtˌflaɪ| — stout-bodied hairy dipterous fly whose larvae are parasites on humans and other mammals

both |bəʊθ| — (used with count nouns) two considered together; the two

bother |ˈbɑːðər| — an angry disturbance

botheration |ˌbɑːðəˈreɪʃn| — the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed

bothering |ˈbɑːðərɪŋ| — Present participle of bother.

bothersome |ˈbɑːðərsəm| — causing irritation or annoyance

bothy |ˈbɔːθɪ| — (Scotland) A small cottage, especially one for communal use in remote areas by labourers or farmhands. [from 18th c.]

bottle |ˈbɑːtl| — a glass or plastic vessel used for storing drinks or other liquids; typically cylindrical without handles and with a narrow neck that can be plugged or capped

bottle up |ˈbɑːtəl ʌp| — consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior

bottle-green |ˌbɒtl ˈɡriːn| — of a dark to moderate greyish green color

bottled |ˈbɑːtəld| — simple past tense and past participle of bottle

bottleneck |ˈbɑːtlnek| — a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel

bottlescrew |ˈbɒt(ə)lˌskruː| — corkscrew

bottling |ˈbɑːtəlɪŋ| — A batch of bottled liquids, as from a single vat, barrel, or seasonal growth.

bottom |ˈbɑːtəm| — the lower side of anything

bottomed |ˈbɑːtəmd| — having a bottom of a specified character

bottomland  — low-lying alluvial land near a river

bottomless |ˈbɑːtəmləs| — extremely deep

bottommost |ˈbɑːtəmməʊst| — farthest down

botulism |ˈbɑːtʃəlɪzəm| — food poisoning from ingesting botulin; not infectious; affects the CNS; can be fatal if not treated promptly

boucle  — a fabric of uneven yarn that has an uneven knobby effect

boudoir |ˈbuːdwɑːr| — a lady's bedroom or private sitting room

bouffant |buːˈfɑːnt| — a woman's hairstyle in which the hair gives a puffy appearance

bough |baʊ| — any of the larger branches of a tree

bought |bɔːt| — simple past tense and past participle of buy.

bougie |ˈbuːˌʒɪ| — (medicine) A tapered cylindrical instrument for introducing an object into a tubular anatomical structure, or to dilate such a structure, as with an esophageal bougie.

bouillabaisse |ˈbuːjəbeɪs| — highly seasoned Mediterranean soup or stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish with tomatoes and onions or leeks and seasoned with saffron and garlic and herbs

bouillon |ˈbuːjɑːn| — a clear seasoned broth

boulder |ˈbəʊldər| — a large smooth mass of rock detached from its place of origin

boulevard |ˈbʊləvɑːrd| — a wide street or thoroughfare

boulter |ˈbɒltər| — A long, stout fishing line with many hooks attached.

bounce |baʊns| — the quality of a substance that is able to rebound

bounce back |ˈbaʊns ˈbæk| — improve in health

bouncer |ˈbaʊnsər| — a person whose duty is to throw troublemakers out of a bar or public meeting

bouncing |ˈbaʊnsɪŋ| — rebounding from an impact (or series of impacts)

bouncy |ˈbaʊnsɪ| — elastic; rebounds readily

bound |baʊnd| — a line determining the limits of an area

boundary |ˈbaʊndrɪ| — the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

bounded |ˈbaʊndəd| — having the limits or boundaries established

bounden |ˈbaʊndən| — morally obligatory

bounder |ˈbaʊndər| — someone who is morally reprehensible

boundless |ˈbaʊndləs| — seemingly boundless in amount, number, degree, or especially extent

bounteous |ˈbaʊntɪəs| — given or giving freely

bountied  — rewarded or able to be rewarded by a bounty

bountiful |ˈbaʊntɪfl| — given or giving freely

bounty |ˈbaʊntɪ| — payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military

bouquet |bʊˈkeɪ| — an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present

bourbon |ˈbɜːrbən| — a reactionary politician in the United States (usually from the South)

bourdon |ˈbʊrdn| — a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone

bourgeois |ˌbʊrˈʒwɑː| — a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise

bourgeoisie |ˌbʊrˌʒwɑːˈziː| — the social class between the lower and upper classes

bourgeon |ˈbɜːrdʒən| — produce buds, branches, or germinate

bourn |ˈbɔːrn| — an archaic term for a boundary

bourne |ˈbɔːrn| — an archaic term for a boundary

bourse |bʊrs| — the stock exchange in Paris

bouse |ˈbaʊs| — haul with a tackle

bousy  — Archaic form of boozy.

bout |baʊt| — (sports) a division during which one team is on the offensive

boutique |buːˈtiːk| — a shop that sells women's clothes and jewelry

boutonniere  — a flower that is worn in a buttonhole

bovine |ˈbəʊvaɪn| — any of various members of the genus Bos

bow |baʊ| — a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

bow out |ˈbaʊ ˈaʊt| — remove oneself from an obligation

bow-compass |ˈbəʊˌkʌmpəs| — An arcograph.

bow-compasses  — plural form of bow compass

bow-legged |ˈbeʊleɡd| — having a bowleg

bow-saw |ˈbəʊsɔː| — A lightweight metal-framed saw in the shape of a bow with a removable coarse wide blade, used for cutting tree trunks.

bow-tie |ˌbəʊ ˈtaɪ| — a man's tie that ties in a bow

bow-wow |ˈbaʊ waʊ| — the bark of a dog

bowdlerize |ˈbaʊdləraɪz| — edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

bowed |ˈbaʊd| — forming or resembling an arch

bowel |ˈbaʊəl| — the part of the alimentary canal between the stomach and the anus

bowels |ˈbaʊəlz| — the center of the Earth

bower |ˈbaʊər| — a framework that supports climbing plants

bowery |ˈbaʊərɪ| — a street in Manhattan noted for cheap hotels frequented by homeless derelicts

bowie-knife |ˈbəʊɪnaɪf| — A large sheath knife.

bowing |ˈbəʊɪŋ| — bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting

bowk |baʊk| — (Geordie) To belch, to burp.

bowknot |ˈbəʊˌnɑːt| — a knot with two loops and loose ends; used to tie shoelaces

bowl |bəʊl| — a round vessel that is open at the top; used chiefly for holding food or liquids

bowl over |bəʊl ˈəʊvər| — cause to overturn from an upright or normal position

bowlder |ˈbəʊldər| — a large smooth mass of rock detached from its place of origin

bowler |ˈbəʊlər| — a cricketer who delivers the ball to the batsman in cricket

bowline |ˈbaʊlaɪn| — a loop knot that neither slips nor jams

bowling |ˈbəʊlɪŋ| — a game in which balls are rolled at an object or group of objects with the aim of knocking them over or moving them

bowling-alley |ˈbəʊlɪŋˈælɪ| — A building which contains lanes for bowling.

bowling-green |ˈbəʊlɪŋ ɡriːn| — A finely-laid, close-mown and rolled stretch of lawn for playing the game of bowls.

bowls |bəʊlz| — a bowling game played on a level lawn with biased wooden balls that are rolled at a jack

bowman |ˈbəʊmən| — a person who is expert in the use of a bow and arrow

bowsaw  — Alternative form of bow saw.

bowse |ˈbɒs| — haul with a tackle

bowshot |ˈbəʊˌʃɑːt| — (archery)The act of firing an arrow from a bow

bowsprit |ˈbəʊsprɪt| — a spar projecting from the bow of a vessel

bowstring |ˈbəʊstrɪŋ| — the string of an archer's bow

bowwow  — Alternative spelling of bow-wow.

box |bɑːks| — a (usually rectangular) container; may have a lid

box up |ˈbɑːks ʌp| — enclose or confine as if in a box

box-office |ˈbɑːks ˌɑːfəs| — (countable) A place where tickets are sold in a theatre/theater or cinema

box-seat |ˈbɒksˈsiːt| — A seat among a group of seats in an enclosure, as at a theater or stadium.

box-up |ˈbɒksˈʌp| — To pack into boxes.

boxcar |ˈbɑːkskɑːr| — a freight car with roof and sliding doors in the sides

boxed |ˈbɑːkst| — enclosed in or set off by a border or box

boxen |ˈbɒksn| — Made of boxwood.

boxer |ˈbɑːksər| — someone who fights with his fists for sport

boxing |ˈbɑːksɪŋ| — fighting with the fists

Boxing-day |ˈbɒksɪŋdeɪ| — (business, marketing) the day or days following Christmas (December 25th) where stores have large reductions.

boxing-gloves |ˈbɑːksɪŋ ɡlʌvz| — plural form of boxing glove

boxkeeper  — A theatre attendant in charge of the boxes.

boxroom |ˈbɒksruːm| — A room, usually upstairs, a storeroom for boxes and other things.

boxwood |ˈbɑːkˌswʊd| — very hard tough close-grained light yellow wood of the box (particularly the common box); used in delicate woodwork: musical instruments and inlays and engraving blocks

boy |bɔɪ| — a youthful male person

boy-friend |ˈbɔɪfrend| — Dated form of boyfriend.

boy-scout  — A person adhering to traditional values.

boycott |ˈbɔɪkɑːt| — a group's refusal to have commercial dealings with some organization in protest against its policies

boyfriend |ˈbɔɪfrend| — a man who is the lover of a man or woman

boyhood |ˈbɔɪhʊd| — the childhood of a boy

boyish |ˈbɔɪɪʃ| — befitting or characteristic of a young boy

boyishness |ˈbɔɪɪʃnɪs| — being characteristic of a boy

boys |ˈbɔɪz| — plural form of boy

bozo |ˈbəʊzəʊ| — a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

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