English dictionary


bubble |ˈbʌbl| — a hollow globule of gas (e.g., air or carbon dioxide)

bubbler |ˈbəb(ə)lər| — a public fountain to provide a jet of drinking water

bubbly |ˈbʌbli| — a white sparkling wine either produced in Champagne or resembling that produced there

bubo |ˈbjuːboʊ| — a lymph node that is inflamed and swollen because of plague or gonorrhea or tuberculosis

bubonic |bjuːˈbɑːnɪk| — of or evidencing buboes

buccaneer |ˌbʌkəˈnɪr| — someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea without having a commission from any sovereign nation

buck |bʌk| — a gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting

buck up |bʌk ʌp| — gain courage

bucket |ˈbʌkɪt| — a roughly cylindrical vessel that is open at the top

bucketful |ˈbʌkətfəl| — the quantity contained in a bucket

buckeye |ˈbʌkaɪ| — the inedible nutlike seed of the horse chestnut

buckle |ˈbʌkl| — fastener that fastens together two ends of a belt or strap; often has loose prong

buckler |ˈbək(ə)lər| — armor carried on the arm to intercept blows

buckram |ˈbʌkrəm| — a coarse cotton fabric stiffened with glue; used in bookbinding and to stiffen clothing

bucksaw |ˈbʌkˌsɔː| — a saw that is set in a frame in the shape of an H; used with both hands to cut wood that is held in a sawbuck

buckshee |bʌkˈʃiː| — free of charge

buckshot |ˈbʌkʃɑːt| — small lead shot for shotgun shells

buckskin |ˈbʌkskɪn| — horse of a light yellowish dun color with dark mane and tail

buckthorn |ˈbəkˌθɔːrn| — a shrub or shrubby tree of the genus Rhamnus; fruits are source of yellow dyes or pigments

buckwheat |ˈbʌkwiːt| — a member of the genus Fagopyrum; annual Asian plant with clusters of small pinkish white flowers and small edible triangular seeds which are used whole or ground into flour

buckyball |ˈbʌkɪbɔːl| — a spheroidal fullerene; the first known example of a fullerene

bucolic |bjuːˈkɑːlɪk| — a country person

bud |bʌd| — a partially opened flower

Buddha |ˈbʊdə| — founder of Buddhism (c 563-483 BC)

buddhism |ˈbʊdɪzəm| — a religion represented by the many groups (especially in Asia) that profess various forms of the Buddhist doctrine and that venerate Buddha

Buddhist |ˈbʊdɪst| — one who follows the teachings of Buddha

buddhistic |bʊˈdɪstɪk| — of or relating to or supporting Buddhism

budding |ˈbʌdɪŋ| — reproduction of some unicellular organisms (such as yeasts) by growth and specialization followed by the separation by constriction of a part of the parent

buddy |ˈbʌdi| — a close friend who accompanies his buddies in their activities

budge |bʌdʒ| — United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)

budget |ˈbʌdʒɪt| — a sum of money allocated for a particular purpose

budgetary |ˈbʌdʒɪteri| — of or relating to a budget

buff |bʌf| — an ardent follower and admirer

buffalo |ˈbʌfəloʊ| — large shaggy-haired brown bison of North American plains

buffer |ˈbʌfər| — (chemistry) an ionic compound that resists changes in its pH

buffet |bəˈfeɪ| — a piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room; has shelves and drawers

buffoon |bəˈfuːn| — a rude or vulgar fool

buffoonery |bəˈfuːnəri| — acting like a clown or buffoon

bug |bʌɡ| — general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate

bug-hunter |ˈbʌɡ hʌntər| — a zoologist who studies insects

bugaboo |ˈbʌɡəbuː| — an imaginary monster used to frighten children

bugbear |ˈbʌɡber| — an imaginary monster used to frighten children

bugger |ˈbʌɡər| — someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)

bugger off |ˈbʌɡər ˈɒf| — leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form

buggery |ˈbʌɡəri| — intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman

buggy |ˈbʌɡi| — a small lightweight carriage; drawn by a single horse

bugle |ˈbjuːɡl| — a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares

bugler |ˈbjuːɡlər| — someone who plays a bugle

buhl |ˈbjuːl| — an inlaid furniture decoration; tortoiseshell and yellow and white metal form scrolls in cabinetwork

build |bɪld| — constitution of the human body

build in |ˈbɪld ɪn| — make something an integral part of something else

build on |ˈbɪld ɑːn| — be based on; of theories and claims, for example

build up |ˈbɪld ʌp| — enlarge, develop, or increase by degrees or in stages

builder |ˈbɪldər| — a substance added to soaps or detergents to increase their cleansing action

building |ˈbɪldɪŋ| — a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place

buildup |ˈbɪldˌʌp| — the act of building up an accumulation

built |bɪlt| — (used of soaps or cleaning agents) having a substance (an abrasive or filler) added to increase effectiveness

built-in |ˈbilt ˈˌin| — existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

built-up |ˈbilt ˈˌəp| — peopled with settlers

bulb |bʌlb| — a modified bud consisting of a thickened globular underground stem serving as a reproductive structure

bulbaceous |bəlˈbeɪʃəs| — producing or growing from bulbs

bulbil |ˈbəlbəl| — small bulb or bulb-shaped growth arising from the leaf axil or in the place of flowers

bulbous |ˈbʌlbəs| — shaped like a bulb

Bulgarian |bʌlˈɡeriən| — a native or inhabitant of Bulgaria

bulge |bʌldʒ| — something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings

bulging |ˈbʌldʒɪŋ| — curving outward

bulgy |bulɡy| — curving outward

bulimia |buˈlɪmiə| — a disorder of eating seen among young women who go on eating binges and then feel guilt and depression and self-condemnation

bulk |bʌlk| — the property resulting from being or relating to the greater in number of two parts; the main part

bulkhead |ˈbʌlkhed| — a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments

bulky |ˈbʌlki| — of large size for its weight

bull |bʊl| — uncastrated adult male of domestic cattle

bull's-eye |ˈbʊlz aɪ| — a lantern with a single opening and a sliding panel that can be closed to conceal the light

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

bulldog |ˈbʊldɔːɡ| — a sturdy thickset short-haired breed with a large head and strong undershot lower jaw; developed originally in England for bull baiting

bulldoze |ˈbʊldoʊz| — flatten with or as if with a bulldozer

bulldozer |ˈbʊldoʊzər| — large powerful tractor; a large blade in front flattens areas of ground

bullet |ˈbʊlɪt| — a projectile that is fired from a gun

bulletin |ˈbʊlətɪn| — a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)

bulletproof |ˈbʊlɪtpruːf| — make bulletproof

bullfight |ˈbʊlfaɪt| — a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators

bullfighter |ˈbʊlˌfaɪtər| — someone who fights bulls

bullfighting |ˈbʊlfaɪtɪŋ| — the activity at a bullfight

bullfinch |ˈbʊlfɪntʃ| — United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)

bullhead |ˈbʊlˌhed| — freshwater sculpin with a large flattened bony-plated head with hornlike spines

bullheaded |ˌbʊlˈhedɪd| — obstinate and stupid

bullhorn |ˈbʊlhɔːrn| — a portable loudspeaker with built-in microphone and amplifier

bullion |ˈbʊliən| — a mass of precious metal

bullish |ˈbʊlɪʃ| — expecting a rise in prices

bullock |ˈbʊlək| — young bull

bullpen |ˈbʊlpen| — a place on a baseball field where relief pitchers can warm up during a game

bullring |ˈbʊlrɪŋ| — a stadium where bullfights take place

bullshit |ˈbʊlʃɪt| — obscene words for unacceptable behavior

bully |ˈbʊli| — a cruel and brutal fellow

bullying |ˈbʊliɪŋ| — the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something

bullyrag |ˈbʊliːˌræɡ| — be bossy towards

bulrush |ˈbʊlrʌʃ| — tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa

bulwark |ˈbʊlwɜːrk| — an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

bum |bʌm| — a person who is deemed to be despicable or contemptible

bumble |ˈbʌmbl| — make a mess of, destroy or ruin

bumblebee |ˈbʌmblbiː| — robust hairy social bee of temperate regions

bumbling |ˈbʌmblɪŋ| — lacking physical movement skills, especially with the hands

bumboat |ˈbʌmboʊt| — a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor

bumf |bʌmf| — reading materials (documents, written information) that you must read and deal with but that you think are extremely boring

bummer |ˈbʌmər| — an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing

bump |bʌmp| — a lump on the body caused by a blow

bump off |ˈbəmp ˈɒf| — kill intentionally and with premeditation

bumper |ˈbʌmpər| — a glass filled to the brim (especially as a toast)

bumph |bʌmf| — reading materials (documents, written information) that you must read and deal with but that you think are extremely boring

bumpkin |ˈbʌmpkɪn| — a person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture

bumptious |ˈbʌmpʃəs| — offensively self-assertive

bumpy |ˈbʌmpi| — covered with or full of bumps

bun |bʌn| — small rounded bread either plain or sweet

bun-fight  — (Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion

buna |ˈbuːnə| — made by polymerizing butadiene

bunch |bʌntʃ| — a grouping of a number of similar things

bunchy |ˈbəntʃi| — occurring close together in bunches or clusters

bunco |ˈbʌŋkoʊ| — a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

buncombe |ˈbʌŋkəm| — unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

bundle |ˈbʌndl| — a collection of things wrapped or boxed together

bung |bʌŋ| — a plug used to close a hole in a barrel or flask

bungalow |ˈbʌŋɡəloʊ| — a small house with a single story

bungle |ˈbʌŋɡl| — an embarrassing mistake

bungler |ˈbʌŋɡlər| — someone who makes mistakes because of incompetence

bungling |ˈbʌŋɡəlɪŋ| — showing lack of skill or aptitude

bunion |ˈbʌnjən| — a painful swelling of the bursa of the first joint of the big toe

bunk |bʌŋk| — a long trough for feeding cattle

bunker |ˈbʌŋkər| — a hazard on a golf course

bunko |ˈbʌŋkoʊ| — a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

bunkum |ˈbʌŋkəm| — unacceptable behavior (especially ludicrously false statements)

bunny |ˈbʌni| — a young waitress in a nightclub whose costume includes the tail and ears of a rabbit

bunt |bʌnt| — (baseball) the act of hitting a baseball lightly without swinging the bat

bunting |ˈbʌntɪŋ| — a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.

buoy |bɔɪ| — bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards

buoyancy |ˈbɔɪənsi| — cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface

buoyant |ˈbɔɪənt| — tending to float on a liquid or rise in air or gas

bur |ˈbɝː| — seed vessel having hooks or prickles

burberry |ˈbɜːrberi| — a lightweight belted raincoat typically made of tan gabardine with a distinctive tartan lining; named for the original manufacturer

burble |ˈbɜːrbl| — flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise

burbot |ˈbərbət| — elongate freshwater cod of northern Europe and Asia and North America having barbels around its mouth

burden |ˈbɜːrdn| — an onerous or difficult concern

burdensome |ˈbɜːrdnsəm| — not easily borne; wearing

burdock |ˈbɜːrdɑːk| — any of several erect biennial herbs of temperate Eurasia having stout taproots and producing burs

bureau |ˈbjʊroʊ| — an administrative unit of government

bureaucracy |bjʊˈrɑːkrəsi| — nonelective government officials

bureaucrat |ˈbjʊrəkræt| — an official of a bureaucracy

bureaucratic |ˌbjʊrəˈkrætɪk| — of or relating to or resembling a bureaucrat or bureaucracy

bureaucratism  — nonelective government officials

buret  — measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube with a tap at the bottom; used for titration

burette |bjuˈret| — measuring instrument consisting of a graduated glass tube with a tap at the bottom; used for titration

burg |bɜːrɡ| — colloquial American term for a town

burgeon |ˈbɜːrdʒən| — grow and flourish

burger |ˈbɜːrɡər| — United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by Richard Nixon (1907-1995)

burgess |ˈbərjəs| — English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)

burgh |ˈbʌrə| — a borough in Scotland

burgher |ˈbɜːrɡər| — a citizen of an English borough

burglar |ˈbɜːrɡlər| — a thief who enters a building with intent to steal

burglarious |bɝːˈɡleərɪəs| — involving or resembling burglary

burglarize |ˈbɝːɡləˌraɪz| — commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling

burglary |ˈbɜːrɡləri| — entering a building unlawfully with intent to commit a felony or to steal valuable property

burgle |ˈbɜːrɡl| — commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling

burgomaster |ˈbərɡəˌmastər| — a mayor of a municipality in Germany or Holland or Flanders or Austria

burgoo |bɜːrˈɡuː| — porridge made of rolled oats

burgundy |ˈbɜːrɡəndi| — a former province of eastern France that is famous for its wines

burial |ˈberiəl| — the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave

buried |ˈberid| — placed in a grave

burin |ˈbjʊrɪn| — a chisel of tempered steel with a sharp point; used for engraving

burke |ˈbɝːk| — British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)

burl |bərl| — the wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer

burlap |ˈbɜːrlæp| — coarse jute fabric

burlesque |bɜːrˈlesk| — a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor; consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes striptease)

burly |ˈbɜːrli| — muscular and heavily built

Burmese |bərˈmiːz| — a native or inhabitant of Myanmar

burn |bɜːrn| — pain that feels hot as if it were on fire

burn down |ˈbɝːn ˈdaʊn| — burn completely; be consumed or destroyed by fire

burn out |ˈbɝːn ˈaʊt| — melt, break, or become otherwise unusable

burn up |ˈbɝːn ʌp| — burn brightly

burned |bərnd| — treated by heating to a high temperature but below the melting or fusing point

burner |ˈbɜːrnər| — an apparatus for burning fuel (or refuse)

burning |ˈbɜːrnɪŋ| — the act of burning something

burnish |ˈbɜːrnɪʃ| — the property of being smooth and shiny

burnished |ˈbɝːˌnɪʃt| — made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow

burnoose  — a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors

burnous |bɜːrˈnuːs| — a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors

burnouse |bɝːˈnuːs| — a long hooded cloak woven of wool in one piece; worn by Arabs and Moors

burnt |bɜːrnt| — ruined by overcooking

burnt-out  — exhausted as a result of longtime stress

burp |bɜːrp| — a reflex that expels gas noisily from the stomach through the mouth

burqa |ˈbɜːkə| — a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan

burr |bɜːr| — seed vessel having hooks or prickles

burro |ˈbɜːroʊ| — small donkey used as a pack animal

burrow |ˈbɜːroʊ| — a hole made by an animal, usually for shelter

bursa |ˈbɜːrsə| — a city in northwestern Turkey

bursar |ˈbɜːrsər| — the treasurer at a college or university

bursary |ˈbɜːrsəri| — the treasury of a public institution or religious order

burst |bɜːrst| — the act of exploding or bursting

burst out |ˈbɝːst ˈaʊt| — give sudden release to an expression

burster |ˈbərstər| — a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time

burthen |ˈbərT͟Hən| — a variant of `burden'

burton |ˈbɜːrtn| — English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890)

bury |ˈberi| — cover from sight

bus |bʌs| — a vehicle carrying many passengers; used for public transport

busby |ˈbʌzbi| — tall hat; worn by some British soldiers on ceremonial occasions

bush |bʊʃ| — a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems

bushed |bʊʃt| — very tired

bushel |ˈbʊʃl| — a United States dry measure equal to 4 pecks or 2152.42 cubic inches

bushing |bʊʃɪŋ| — an insulating liner in an opening through which conductors pass

Bushman |ˈbʊʃmən| — nomadic hunters and gatherers who live in southern Africa

bushwhack |ˈbʊʃwæk| — wait in hiding to attack

bushwhacker |ˈbʊʃwækər| — a disparaging term for an unsophisticated person

bushy |bʊʃi| — used of hair; thick and poorly groomed

busily |ˈbɪzɪli| — in a busy manner

business |ˈbɪznəs| — a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

businesslike |ˈbɪznəslaɪk| — exhibiting methodical and systematic characteristics that would be useful in business

businessman |ˈbɪznəsmæn| — a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive)

busk |bʌsk| — play music in a public place and solicit money for it

busker |ˈbʌskər| — a person who entertains people for money in public places (as by singing or dancing), usually while asking for money

buskin |ˈbʌskɪn| — a boot reaching halfway up to the knee

busman |ˈbəsmən| — someone who drives a bus

buss |bəs| — the act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)

bust |bʌst| — a complete failure

bust up |ˈbəst ʌp| — smash or break forcefully

bustard |ˈbʌstərd| — large heavy-bodied chiefly terrestrial game bird capable of powerful swift flight; classified with wading birds but frequents grassy steppes

buster |ˈbʌstər| — an informal form of address for a man

bustle |ˈbʌsl| — a rapid active commotion

bustling |ˈbʌsəlɪŋ| — full of energetic and noisy activity

busty |ˈbʌsti| — (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves

busy |ˈbɪzi| — keep busy with

busybody |ˈbɪzibɑːdi| — a person who meddles in the affairs of others

busyness |ˈbɪziːnɪs| — the state of being or appearing to be actively engaged in an activity

busywork |ˈbɪziwɜːrk| — active work of little value

but |bət| — and nothing more

butadiene |ˌbjuːtəˈdaɪiːn| — a gaseous hydrocarbon C4H6; used in making synthetic rubbers

butane |ˈbjuːteɪn| — occurs in natural gas; used in the manufacture of rubber and fuels

butch |bʊtʃ| — (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine

butcher |ˈbʊtʃər| — a retailer of meat

butcherly |ˈbʊtʃərliː| — poorly done

butchery |ˈbʊtʃəri| — a building where animals are butchered

butler |ˈbʌtlər| — a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table

butt |bʌt| — thick end of the handle

butt in |ˈbət ɪn| — break into a conversation

butter |ˈbʌtər| — an edible emulsion of fat globules made by churning milk or cream; for cooking and table use

buttercup |ˈbʌtərkʌp| — any of various plants of the genus Ranunculus

butterfingers |ˈbʌtərfɪŋɡərz| — someone who drops things (especially one who cannot catch a ball)

butterfly |ˈbʌtərflaɪ| — diurnal insect typically having a slender body with knobbed antennae and broad colorful wings

buttermilk |ˈbʌtərmɪlk| — residue from making butter from sour raw milk; or pasteurized milk curdled by adding a culture

butternut |ˈbʌtərnʌt| — North American walnut tree having light-brown wood and edible nuts; source of a light-brown dye

butterscotch |ˈbʌtərskɑːtʃ| — a hard brittle candy made with butter and brown sugar

buttery |ˈbʌtəri| — a small storeroom for storing foods or wines

buttock |ˈbʌtək| — either of the two large fleshy masses of muscular tissue that form the human rump

buttocks |ˈbʌtəks| — the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on

button |ˈbʌtn| — a round fastener sewn to shirts and coats etc to fit through buttonholes

button up |ˈbʌtən ʌp| — refuse to talk or stop talking; fall silent

buttonhole |ˈbʌtnhoʊl| — a hole through which buttons are pushed

buttonhook |ˈbʌtənhʊk| — a hook for pulling a button through a buttonhole

buttress |ˈbʌtrəs| — a support usually of stone or brick; supports the wall of a building

butty |ˈbʌti| — a sandwich

butyl |ˈbjuːtəl| — a hydrocarbon radical (C4H9)

butyric |bjuːˈtɪrɪk| — relating to or producing butyric acid

buxom |ˈbʌksəm| — (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves

buy |baɪ| — an advantageous purchase

buy in |ˈbaɪ ɪn| — amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use

buy off |ˈbaɪ ˈɒf| — pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor

buy out |ˈbaɪ ˈaʊt| — take over ownership of; of corporations and companies

buy up |ˈbaɪ ʌp| — take over ownership of; of corporations and companies

buyer |ˈbaɪər| — a person who buys

buying |ˈbaɪɪŋ| — the act of buying

buyout |ˈbaɪaʊt| — acquisition of a company by purchasing a controlling percentage of its stock

buzz |bʌz| — sound of rapid vibration

buzz off |ˈbəz ˈɒf| — leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form

buzzard |ˈbʌzərd| — a New World vulture that is common in South America and Central America and the southern United States

buzzer |ˈbʌzər| — a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed

buzzword |ˈbʌzwɜːrd| — stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition