Words beginning with B for GMAT, GRE and CAT – 83 Words

babble

utter meaningless sounds

bacchanalian

used of riotously drunken merrymaking

badger

annoy persistently

baffle

be a mystery or bewildering to

bailiwick

one’s particular area of interest or branch of knowledge

balk

refuse to comply

balmy

mild and pleasant

banal

repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse

bandy

discuss lightly

banter

light teasing repartee

barbarian

a member of an uncivilized people

baroque

relating to an elaborately ornamented style of art and music

baron

a nobleman (in various countries) of varying rank

barrage

the heavy fire of artillery to saturate an area

bask

expose oneself to warmth and light, as for relaxation

bastion

projecting part of a rampart or other fortification

bate

moderate or restrain; lessen the force of

bate

flap the wings wildly or frantically; used of falcons

bauble

cheap showy jewelry or ornament

bawdy

humorously vulgar

beatific

experiencing or displaying extreme joy or bliss

becoming

displaying or setting off to best advantage

bedizen

decorate tastelessly

begrudge

be envious of or feel annoyance toward

behemoth

someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful

beholden

under a moral obligation to someone

belabor

beat soundly

beleaguer

annoy persistently

bellicose

having or showing a ready disposition to fight

belligerent

characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

benediction

a ceremonial prayer invoking divine protection

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions

beneficiary

the recipient of funds or other advantages

benign

kind in disposition or manner

bequeath

leave or give, especially by will after one’s death

berate

censure severely or angrily

bereavement

state of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one

berserk

frenzied as if possessed by a demon

beseech

ask for or request earnestly

bestial

resembling a beast; showing lack of human sensibility

betroth

give to in marriage

bevel

two surfaces meeting at an angle different from 90 degrees

bibliophile

someone who loves and usually collects books

bicameral

consisting of two chambers

biennial

occurring every second year

bigotry

intolerance and prejudice

blandishment

flattery intended to persuade

blase

nonchalantly unconcerned

blatant

without any attempt at concealment; completely obvious

blazon

the official symbols of a family, state, etc.

bleak

unpleasantly cold and damp

blight

a state or condition being devastated or run-down

blithe

carefree and happy and lighthearted

bode

indicate by signs

bide

dwell

bohemian

a nonconformist who lives an unconventional life

boisterous

full of rough and exuberant animal spirits

bonanza

a sudden happening that brings good fortune

boorish

ill-mannered and coarse in behavior or appearance

bullion

a mass of precious metal

bourgeois

being of the property-owning class

brackish

slightly salty

bravado

a swaggering show of courage

brazen

unrestrained by convention or propriety

brevity

the attribute of being short or fleeting

brindled

having a gray or brown streak or a patchy coloring

bristle

a stiff hair

broach

bring up a topic for discussion

brook

put up with something or somebody unpleasant

brusque

rudely abrupt or blunt in speech or manner

buccaneer

someone who robs at sea or plunders the land from the sea

bucolic

devoted to raising sheep or cattle

buffoon

a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior

buoy

an anchored float that marks locations in a body of water

bungle

make a mess of, destroy, or ruin

bureaucracy

a government administered primarily by nonelective officials

burgeon

grow and flourish

burlesque

a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor

burly

muscular and heavily built

burnish

polish and make shiny

bustle

move or cause to move energetically or busily

buttress

a support usually of stone or brick

buxom

healthily plump and vigorous
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