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billet
board and lodging for troops
The old cabins served as the soldiers' billets for two months.
biped
two-footed animal
Human beings are bipeds, whereas horses are quadrupeds.
bisect
to cut into two (usually equal) parts
We were so hungry that we bisected the cake and each ate a half.
blanch
to pale; take the color out of
The murderess blanched when the man she thought she had killed walked into the room.
blandish
to coax with flattery
We blandished the bouncer with compliments until he finally let us into the club.
blasphemous
cursing, profane, irreverent
The protesters found the politician's offhanded biblical references blasphemous and inappropriate.
blatant
glaring, obvious, showy
The movie was a blatant rip-off of Star Wars; they didn't even change the name of the villain!
blight
to afflict, destroy
The farmers feared that the previous night's frost had blighted the potato crops entirely.
blithe
joyful, cheerful, without appropriate thought
She blithely assumed that no one would care if she took the only printer in the office home with her.
bludgeon
to hit as with a short, heavy club
Rudy was horrified to discover that vandals had bludgeoned his car with a baseball bat.
boisterous
rowdy, loud, unrestrained
The boisterous football fans ran riot in the streets until the police restrained them.
bombastic
using high-sounding but meaningless language
Mussolini's speeches were mostly bombastic, his boasting and outrageous claims had no basis in fact.
bonanza
extremely large amount; something profitable
Judy was overjoyed at the unexpected bonanza of winning the lottery.
bonhomie
good-natured geniality; atmosphere of good cheer
The general bonhomie that characterized the party made it a joy to attend.
boon
blessing, something to be thankful for
Dick realized that his new coworker's computer skills would be a real boon to the company.
boor
crude person, one lacking manners or taste
"That utter boor ruined my recital with his constant guffawing!" wailed the pianist.
botanist
scientist who studies plants
The botanist spent endless hours studying the orchids that fascinated her.
bountiful
plentiful
Food is bountiful in the United States, yet some people are still hungry.
bourgeois
middle-class
The bourgeois family was horrified when the lower-class family moved in next door.
bovine
cow like; relating to cows
An epidemic commonly know as "mad cow disease" devastated Britain's bovine population not long ago.
brazen
bold, shameless, impudent; of or like brass
"I can't believe Hayward was brazen enough to quit during the busy season!" fumed his boss.
breach
act of breaking, violation
The record company sued the singer for breach of contract when he recorded for another company without permission.
brigand
bandit, outlaw
Brigands held up the bank and off with the contents of the safe.
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
Polly was nervous about broaching the subject of a raise to her boss.
brusque
rough and abrupt in manner
The bank teller's brusque treatment of his customers soon evoked several complaints.