English dictionary


bub |bʌb| — (slang, historical) An alcoholic malt liquor, especially beer.

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

bubble-and-squeak |ˈbʌblənˈskwiːk| — (UK, New Zealand) Cabbage and mashed potatoes etc. fried together

bubblehead |ˈbəbəlhed| — A stupid person.

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

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

bubby  — (slang) Alternative spelling of booby: a woman's breast.

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

bubonic |bjuːˈbɑːnɪk| — of or evidencing buboes

bubonocele |bjuːˈbɑːnəˌsiːl| — (medicine) An inguinal hernia, especially of the incomplete variety in which the hernial pouch descends only as far as the groin, forming a swelling there like a bubo.

bubs |bʌbz| — plural form of bub

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

buccinator |ˈbʌksəneɪtər| — a thin broad muscle forming the wall of the cheek.

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

bucket-shop |ˈbʌkɪtʃɒp| — (pejorative, finance) A stockbroking firm which sells stock to clients when it has an undisclosed relationship with that company or its owners.

bucketful |ˈbʌkətfəl| — the quantity contained in a bucket

bucketshop  — Alternative spelling of bucket shop.

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

buckhorn |ˈbəkˌhɔːrn| — A horn of a buck.

bucking |ˈbʌkɪŋ| — Present participle of buck.

buckish |ˈbʌkɪʃ| — (archaic) Like a dandy; foppish; swellish.

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

buckling |ˈbʌkəlɪŋ| — (geology) A folding into hills and valleys.

bucko |ˈbəkəʊ| — Buckaroo.

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 |ˈbʌdɪ| — 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 |ˈbʌdʒɪterɪ| — of or relating to a budget

buff |bʌf| — an ardent follower and admirer

buffalo |ˈbʌfələʊ| — 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

buffo |ˈbuːfəʊ| — (music) A comic singer, particularly in comic opera

buffoon |bəˈfuːn| — a rude or vulgar fool

buffoonery |bəˈfuːnərɪ| — 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 |ˈbʌɡərɪ| — intercourse via the anus, committed by a man with a man or woman

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

bughouse |ˈbəɡˌhaʊs| — (US, slang) A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc.

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

bugler |ˈbjuːɡlər| — someone who plays a bugle

buglet |ˈbjuːɡlɪt| — (computing, informal) A minor bug in a program.

bugs |ˈbəɡz| — plural form of bug

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

build-up |ˈbɪld ʌp| — (intransitive, idiomatic) To accumulate, to pile up, to increase 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

building-society |ˈbɪldɪŋ səˌsaɪətɪ| — (UK, banking) A type of financial institution which traditionally was based on lending money (as mortgages) to society members to buy houses, from other members pooled savings and/or money borrowed wholesale.

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 |ˈbɪlt ˈˌɪn| — existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

built-up |ˈbɪlt 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 |bʌlˈɡerɪən| — 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  — curving outward

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

bulimy |ˈbjuːlɪmɪ| — Archaic form of bulimia.

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 |ˈbʌlkɪ| — 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 |ˈbʊldəʊz| — flatten with or as if with a bulldozer

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

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

bullet-proof |ˈbʊlɪtpruːf| — Alternative spelling of bulletproof. (Capable of withstanding a direct shot, reliable, or unbreakable).

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 |ˈbʊlɪən| — 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 |ˈbʊlɪ| — a cruel and brutal fellow

bullying |ˈbʊlɪɪŋ| — 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

bumbailiff  — (UK, obsolete) A bound bailiff.

bumbershoot |ˈbʌmbəʃuːt| — (dated, humorous) An umbrella.

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

bumble-bee |ˈbʌmbəlˌbiː| — Alternative spelling of bumblebee.

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

bumbledom |ˈbʊmbldəm| — bureaucracy; mannerisms characteristic of pompous, arrogant or pretentious officials.

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

bumbo |ˈbʌmbəʊ| — A drink made from rum, water, sugar, and nutmeg.

bumboat |ˈbʌmbəʊt| — 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 |ˈbʌmpɪ| — 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 |ˈbəntʃɪ| — occurring close together in bunches or clusters

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

bunco-steerer |ˈbʌŋkəʊˌstɪərə| — (US, slang) A swindler; a cheat or con-man.

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

bund |bʌnd| — a league or confederacy; especially the confederation of German states.

bunder |ˈbʌndər| — a type of surfboat used in India

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

bundled |ˈbʌndəld| — Simple past tense and past participle of bundle.

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

bungalow |ˈbʌŋɡələʊ| — 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 |ˈbʌŋkəʊ| — 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 |ˈbʌnɪ| — 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

buoyage |ˈbuːiːɪdʒ| — (nautical) any of several codes of practice under which buoys of various shapes and colours are used for the same navigational purpose

buoyancy |ˈbɔɪənsɪ| — cheerfulness that bubbles to the surface

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

bur |ˈbɜː| — seed vessel having hooks or prickles

burberry |ˈbɜːrberɪ| — 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

burdening |ˈbɜːdənɪŋ| — Present participle of burden.

burdensome |ˈbɜːrdnsəm| — not easily borne; wearing

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

bureau |ˈbjʊrəʊ| — an administrative unit of government

bureaucracy |bjʊˈrɑːkrəsɪ| — 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

bureaux |ˈbjʊərəʊz| — plural form of bureau

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

burette |bjʊˈret| — 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

burgee |ˈbɜːɡɪ| — A broad tapering pennant, often with a swallowtail, flown by merchant ships to identify the vessel and by yachts to identify the yacht club, as well as being the form of the flag of the State of Ohio. (See also, Flag of Ohio).

burgeon |ˈbɜːrdʒən| — grow and flourish

burgeoning |ˈbɜrdʒənɪŋ| — Present participle of burgeon.

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 |bɜːˈɡleərɪəs| — involving or resembling burglary

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

burglary |ˈbɜːrɡlərɪ| — 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 |ˈbɜːrɡəndɪ| — a former province of eastern France that is famous for its wines

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

burial-ground |ˈberɪəl ɡraʊnd| — A cemetery or graveyard.

burial-mound |ˈberɪəlmaʊnd| — A mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves.

buried |ˈberɪd| — placed in a grave

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

burke |ˈbɜːk| — 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 |ˈbɜːrlɪ| — muscular and heavily built

Burmese |bɜːrˈmiːz| — a native or inhabitant of Myanmar

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

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

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

burn up |ˈbɜːn ʌp| — burn brightly

burn-out |ˈbɜːnˈaʊt| — To extinguish due to lack of fuel.

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

burning-glass |ˈbɜːnɪŋɡlɑːs| — (dated) A magnifying lens, as used to focus sunlight on to an object.

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

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

burnisher |ˈbɜːrnɪʃər| — A tool used to burnish, for making smooth and shiny by rubbing.

burnishing |ˈbɜːnɪʃɪŋ| — Present participle of burnish.

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

burnout |ˈbɜːrnaʊt| — Using the throttle to spin the wheels of a vehicle being held stationary, causing the spinning tires to produce smoke and burn rubber.

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 |ˈbɜːrəʊ| — small donkey used as a pack animal

burrock |ˈbɜːrɒk| — A small weir or dam in a river to direct the stream to gaps where fish traps are placed.

burrow |ˈbɜːrəʊ| — 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 |ˈbɜːrsərɪ| — the treasury of a public institution or religious order

burse |bərs| — A fund or foundation for the maintenance of the needy scholars in their studies.

burst |bɜːrst| — the act of exploding or bursting

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

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

bursting |ˈbɜːstɪŋ| — (often followed by "to go to...") Urgently needing to urinate.

burthen |ˈbɜːð(ə)n| — a variant of `burden'

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

bury |ˈberɪ| — cover from sight

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

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

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

bush-telegraph |ˈbʊʃˈtelɪɡrɑːf| — Alternative spelling of bush telegraph.

bushed |bʊʃt| — very tired

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

bushhammer  — Alternative form of bush hammer.

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

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

bushranger |ˈbʊʃreɪndʒər| — (Australia, historical) A convict or outlaw who escapes to the bush to avoid capture; a roving bandit who lives in the bush.

bushwa |ˈbʊʃwɑː| — Alternative form of bushwah.

bushwhack |ˈbʊʃwæk| — wait in hiding to attack

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

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

busily |ˈbɪzɪlɪ| — 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 |ˈbʌstɪ| — (of a woman's body) having a large bosom and pleasing curves

busy |ˈbɪzɪ| — keep busy with

busy-body |ˈbɪzɪˌbɒdɪ| — Alternative spelling of busybody.

busybody |ˈbɪzɪbɑːdɪ| — 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 |ˈbɪzɪwɜːrk| — 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

butcher-bird |ˈbʊtʃəbɜːd| — Alternative spelling of butcherbird.

butcherly |ˈbʊtʃərliː| — poorly done

butchery |ˈbʊtʃərɪ| — 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

butt-joint |ˈbʌtdʒɔɪnt| — (construction) A joint formed by adjacent, separate section of material, such as where two neighboring pieces of insulation abut.

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

butter-dish |ˈbʌtədɪʃ| — A specialised dish in which butter is served. It would normally have a base with a separate fitting lid with its own handle.

butter-fingers |ˈbʌtəˌfɪŋɡəz| — (idiomatic) A clumsy person who always drops things, a klutz.

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 |ˈbʌtərɪ| — a small storeroom for storing foods or wines

butting |ˈbʌtɪŋ| — Present participle of butt.

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 |ˈbʌtnhəʊl| — a hole through which buttons are pushed

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

buttons |ˈbətnz| — plural form of button

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

butts |ˈbəts| — plural form of butt

butty |ˈbʌtɪ| — 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

buz |bʌz| — Obsolete form of buzz.

buzz |bʌz| — sound of rapid vibration

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

buzz-bomb |ˈbʌzbɒm| — any small, jet-propelled flying missile that carries a bomb

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

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