Vocabulary for CAT and Aptitude Related Exams | Set 2

Prerequisite – Vocabulary for CAT and Aptitude Related Exams
This article is about the words that appear regularly in the vocabulary part of the CAT exam and aptitude related exams.

This article is all about the words that start with the letter ‘B’.



S.No. Word Definition
1 babble to talk foolishly or like a small child
2 babel a scene of confusion of noises, sounds, etc.
3 bacchanalia orgy, wild-drunken party
4 badinage playful talk
5 badger to nag, annoy, an animal
6 bagatelle a thing of little value, trifle, game
7 bailiff A law officer who collects property of those who cannot pay debts
8 bait to persecute; a piece of food put in a trap to attract
9 balderdash an odd mixture, nonsense
10 baleful harmful; ominous; causing evil
11 balk obstacle; purposely to get on the way of
12 banal trite, commonplace
13 baneful causing harm or ruin; pernicious; destructive
14 banter playful teasing
15 barbaric primitive, uncivilized, cruel 
16 baritone the range of a male voice between tenor and bass
17 barrage artificial obstacle
18 bashful easily embarrassed
19 bask enjoy warmth and light
20 bastion any strong defense
21 bauble a trinket, worthless thing
22 baulk the stumbling block, to hinder
23 bawdy indecent, obscene
24 beacon a light used for warning or guiding
25 beatify to bless; make happy or ascribe a virtue to
26 bedlam any place or situation with noise and confusion
27 bedraggle to make wet, limp or dirty
28 befuddle to confuse, perplex
29 begrudge to resent another’s success
30 beguile to misled or deprive of
31 behest a command or earnest request
32 belabor beat hard
33 beleaguer to besiege by encircling, to harass
34 bellicose belligerent; pugnacious; warlike
35 belligerent waging war
36 benefactor person who has given help
37 benevolence wish or activity in doing good
38 benison blessing
39 bequeath to leave to another by one’s will
40 bequest arrangement to give something at death
41 berate scold sharply
42 bereave  to leave in a sad or lonely state, as by death
43 bereft rob or dispossess of something
44 berserk in or into a violent rage or frenzy
45 besiege to overwhelm, surround
46 besmirch to soil, to damage the reputation
47 besotted made silly or stupid by love
48 bestial like a beast
49 bewilder puzzle; confuse
50 bibulous addicted to or fond of alcoholic liquor
51 bibliophile one who loves or collects books
52 bilious bad-tempered
53 bilk to cheat
54 billingsgate foul, vulgar, abusive talk
55 bionic very strong, skilful
56 bivouac a temporary encampment in the open
57 bizarre odd, grotesque
58 bland uninteresting
59 blandishment flattery, coaxing
60 blasphemy profone, abuse of god or sacred things
61 blatant boldly conspicuous or obtrusive
62 bleary dim or blurred
63 blemish to mar or spoil, a defeat
64 blithe cheerful; causal; carefree
65 bludgeon a short club with a heavy end
66 bluestocking a woman pretending to have literacy taste
67 bodkin a thick, blunt needle
68 bogus sham, counterfeit, not genuine
69 boisterous loud, noisy, lacking restraint
70 bolster give greatly needed support
71 bonmot a clever or witty remark
72 boorish crude, offensive, rude
73 bounteous generous, abundant
74 bourgeois middle class
75 bouvine of an ox or cow, slow and stupid
76 brainchild a person’s own idea
77 braggart an offensively boastful person
78 brash hasty, rush, cheeky, saucy
79 brass an alloy of copper and zinc
80 bravado pretended courage or feigned confidence
81 bravura boldness, dashing style
82 brazen shameless, bold
83 breach a violation, gap, opening, broken place, breaking
84 brevity brief
85 brittle easily broken
86 broach bring up, announce, begin to talk about
87 brook not allow, a small stream
88 browbeat to intimidate
89 brusque rough and abrupt in manner of speech
90 buccaneer pirate
91 bucolic rural, rustic
92 bugbear source of annoyance or fear
93 bulbous swollen, shaped like a bulb
94 bulwark  a defence
95 bumptious disagreeably conceited
96 burgeon grow forth, send out buds
97 burgress citizen broadly comic
98 burlesque any satirical invitation
99 buoyant able to float; light-hearted
100 burnish to polish, rub to a shine
101 buttress a strong support

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