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Babs Tweet Definition of Babs Like Definition of Babs on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Greek, ), a diminutive of Barbara.
Barbara Tweet Definition of Barbara Like Definition of Barbara on Facebook
proper noun (infl, en, proper noun)
  1. (given name, female).
barbette Tweet Definition of barbette Like Definition of barbette on Facebook
noun
  1. (naval) The inside fixed trunk of a warship's gun-mounting, on which the turret revolves. It contains the hoists for shells and cordite from the shell-room and magazine.
Barclay Tweet Definition of Barclay Like Definition of Barclay on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A family name; "of the beautiful meadow".
Barnaby Tweet Definition of Barnaby Like Definition of Barnaby on Facebook
noun
  1. (Cockney, 1811) An old dance to a quick movement. See Cotton, in his Virgil Travesti; where, speaking of Eolus he has these lines,
Bounce cry the port-holes, out they fly,
And make the world dance .
proper noun
  1. (given name, male)
Barney Tweet Definition of Barney Like Definition of Barney on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of Barnabas, Barnaby or Bernard.
Bartholomew Tweet Definition of Bartholomew Like Definition of Bartholomew on Facebook
proper noun
  1. a male given name of Greek and Biblical origin
Barton Tweet Definition of Barton Like Definition of Barton on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Any of many placenames in England
  2. An English habitational surname from the placenames
Baxter Tweet Definition of Baxter Like Definition of Baxter on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A northern English, and Scottish occupational surname, a variant of Baker
  1. (given name, male, , ) A male given name transferred from the surname
Bea Tweet Definition of Bea Like Definition of Bea on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Short form of the female given name Beatrice
Beatrice Tweet Definition of Beatrice Like Definition of Beatrice on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name, the Italian and French form of Beatrix
Beaufort Tweet Definition of Beaufort Like Definition of Beaufort on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Any of several places in France
  2. An English habitational surname of Norman origin
  3. A dukedom in the English peerage
Becky Tweet Definition of Becky Like Definition of Becky on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Shortened form of Rebecca, a female given name
Belinda Tweet Definition of Belinda Like Definition of Belinda on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
  1. (astronomy) the ninth satellite of Uranus
Bella Tweet Definition of Bella Like Definition of Bella on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), diminutive of Isabella an Arabella, by folk etymology interpreted as Italian bella "beautiful".
Belle Tweet Definition of Belle Like Definition of Belle on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), diminutive of Isabelle and Annabelle, by folk etymology interpreted as "belle"; more common as a middle name than a first name.
Ben Tweet Definition of Ben Like Definition of Ben on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of Benjamin or, less often, of Benedict or Bernard.
Benedict Tweet Definition of Benedict Like Definition of Benedict on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), best known for the sixth-century founder of the Benedictine order.
  2. A surname derived from the given name.
Benjamin Tweet Definition of Benjamin Like Definition of Benjamin on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male).
  2. (biblical character) The youngest of the sons of Jacob and Rachel.
Bennett Tweet Definition of Bennett Like Definition of Bennett on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English surname, diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict.
Benny Tweet Definition of Benny Like Definition of Benny on Facebook
noun (pl=Bennies)
  1. (UK, slang) A stupid or dull-witted person.
  2. (UK, slang) A temper tantrum
proper noun
  1. A male given name; a diminutive of Benjamin.
Bergen Tweet Definition of Bergen Like Definition of Bergen on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A city in Norway.
Berkeley Tweet Definition of Berkeley Like Definition of Berkeley on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A given name.
  2. A city in California.
  3. The University of California: .
Bernard Tweet Definition of Bernard Like Definition of Bernard on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), borne by medieval European saints.
Bert Tweet Definition of Bert Like Definition of Bert on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), shortened version of Albert , Robert, Bertram, Bertrand, etc.
Bertha Tweet Definition of Bertha Like Definition of Bertha on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) from Germanic berht"bright, famous"
Bertie Tweet Definition of Bertie Like Definition of Bertie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of Bertram, Albert or of any given name ending in -bert.
Bertram Tweet Definition of Bertram Like Definition of Bertram on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name derived from Germanic words meaning "bright" and "raven"
Beryl Tweet Definition of Beryl Like Definition of Beryl on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name.
Bess Tweet Definition of Bess Like Definition of Bess on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Hebrew, )
Bessie Tweet Definition of Bessie Like Definition of Bessie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Hebrew, ) , diminutive of Elizabeth
    1. w:Bessie (lake monster), Bessie, a lake monster supposed to exist in w:Lake Erie, Lake Erie in the United States.
Beth Tweet Definition of Beth Like Definition of Beth on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) popular as a middle name, a short form of Elizabeth and, rarely, of Bethany.
Betsy Tweet Definition of Betsy Like Definition of Betsy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A female given name, diminutive of Elizabeth
Betty Tweet Definition of Betty Like Definition of Betty on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female),a diminutive form of Elizabeth; popular as a full name in early twentieth century, also in the form Betty Lou.
Bianca Tweet Definition of Bianca Like Definition of Bianca on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), the Italian equivalent of Blanche; used by Shakespeare in The Taming of the Shrew and Othello.
Bill Tweet Definition of Bill Like Definition of Bill on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), diminutive of William.
  2. (context, UK, slang) A nickname for the British constabulary. Often called "The Bill" or "Old Bill"
  3. (context, US, slang) One Hundred Dollars.
Blake Tweet Definition of Blake Like Definition of Blake on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an English surname, derived from black (dark haired), or from Old English blac, pale or fair
  2. an Irish surname derived from the Gaelic í“ Blí¡thmhaic
  3. a male given name derived from the surname
Blanche Tweet Definition of Blanche Like Definition of Blanche on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female)
blithe Tweet Definition of blithe Like Definition of blithe on Facebook
adjective (blith, er)
  1. (italbrac, dated or literary) happy, Happy, cheerful.
  2. indifferent, Indifferent, careless, showing a lack of concern.
She had a disregard of cultures outside the United States.
blossom Tweet Definition of blossom Like Definition of blossom on Facebook
noun
  1. A flower, especially indicative of fruit as seen on a fruit tree etc.; taken collectively as the mass of such flowers.
The has come early this year.
  1. The state or season of producing such flowers.
The orchard is in .
verb
  1. (intransitive) To have or open into blossoms; to bloom.
  2. (intransitive) To begin to thrive or flourish.
Bobby Tweet Definition of Bobby Like Definition of Bobby on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A diminutive of the male given name Robert.
  2. A diminutive of the female given name Roberta.
Bonnie Tweet Definition of Bonnie Like Definition of Bonnie on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female).
booth Tweet Definition of booth Like Definition of booth on Facebook
noun
  1. A small stall for the display and sale of goods.
  2. An enclosure just big enough to accommodate one standing person.
Boris Tweet Definition of Boris Like Definition of Boris on Facebook
proper noun
  1. male a given name of Slavic derivation
Boyd Tweet Definition of Boyd Like Definition of Boyd on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name
Brad Tweet Definition of Brad Like Definition of Brad on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male) sometimes short for Bradley, Bradly, Bradford or Braddeus.
Bradford Tweet Definition of Bradford Like Definition of Bradford on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A town in West Yorkshire, England.
  2. A habitational surname.
  3. (given name, male) derived from the surname, mostly American usage.
bran Tweet Definition of bran Like Definition of bran on Facebook
noun
  1. outside layer of a grain
brand Tweet Definition of brand Like Definition of brand on Facebook
noun
  1. A branding iron.
  2. A mark of ownership made by burning, e.g. on cattle.
  3. (context, advertising) A name, symbol, logo, or other item used to distinguish a product or manufacturer from its competitors.
Brands of breakfast cereal.
  1. (context, advertising) A product's attributes " name, appearance, reputation, and so on " taken collectively and abstractly.
verb
  1. (transitive) To burn the flesh with a hot iron, either as a marker (for criminals, slaves etc.) or to cauterise a wound.
When they caught him, he was branded and then locked up.
  1. (transitive) To mark (especially cattle) with a brand as proof of ownership.
The ranch hands had to every new calf by lunchtime.
  1. (transitive) To make an indelible impression on the memory or senses.
Her face is branded upon my memory.
  1. (transitive) To stigmatize, label (someone).
He was branded a fool by everyone that heard his story.
  1. (transitive, marketing) To associate a product or service with a trademark or other name and related images.
They branded the new detergent "Suds-O", with a nature scene inside a green O on the muted-colored recycled-cardboard box.
adjective
  1. (context, advertising) Associated with a particular product, service, or company.
That computer company has recognition.
Have we settled on our name?
Brandon Tweet Definition of Brandon Like Definition of Brandon on Facebook
proper noun
  1. an English habitational surname from any of several places of that name
  2. an Irish patronymic surname from the Gaelic Mac Breandí¡in
  3. an American male given name derived from the surname. It is sometimes also used as a variant of Brendan.
brant Tweet Definition of brant Like Definition of brant on Facebook
noun (plural brants or collectively )
  1. Any of several wild goose, wild geese, of the genus Branta, that breed in the Arctic, but especially the brent goose, Branta bernicla.
adjective
  1. (context, dialectal) steep, Steep, precipitous.
Brett Tweet Definition of Brett Like Definition of Brett on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male); transferred use of a Norman surname "Breton, an inhabitant of Brittany".
Brewster Tweet Definition of Brewster Like Definition of Brewster on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English and Scottish occupational surname for a brewer of ale
Brian Tweet Definition of Brian Like Definition of Brian on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male).
Bridget Tweet Definition of Bridget Like Definition of Bridget on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, ).
Brigid Tweet Definition of Brigid Like Definition of Brigid on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (context, Irish mythology) The goddess of the Sacred Flame of Kildare and the patron goddess of the Druids. Daughter of Dagda of the Tuatha Dé Danann. Also known as Saint Brigid of Kildare, the lesser popularly known patron saint of Ireland and also patron saint of babies, blacksmiths, illegitimate children, dairy workers, chicken farms, midwives, travellers, sailors, scholars and nuns.
Brooks Tweet Definition of Brooks Like Definition of Brooks on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A surname.
Bryan Tweet Definition of Bryan Like Definition of Bryan on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name, variant of Brian
buck Tweet Definition of buck Like Definition of buck on Facebook
noun
  1. A male deer or goat.
  2. A male rabbit or hare.
  3. A male of other species, such as the ferret.
  4. An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  5. (context, US, Canadian English, colloquial) A dollar (one hundred cents).
  6. (context, Canadian English, colloquial) By extension, one hundred of anything.
The police caught me driving a -forty on the freeway.
  1. (context , North America, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  2. A young buck; an adventurous or high-spirited young man.
  3. (context, UK, obsolete) Hence, a fop or dandy.
  4. (rfv-sense) (poker) A plastic disc used to represent the player in dealer position.
  5. blame, Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    • w:Harry S. Truman, Harry S. Truman,
    • : The stops here.
verb
  1. Of a horse: to rise sharply up on its hind legs.
  2. Of a horse: to leap upward arching its back.
1848: At the same time we got speared, the horses got speared too, and jumped and bucked all about — Statement by Jackey Jackey (an Aborigine) published in William Carron Narrative of an Expedition Undertaken Under the Direction of the Late Mr. Assistant Surveyor E. B. Kennedy (http://gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty.html
carron at Project Gutenberg Australia)
  1. By extension, to move in any sharp or jerking manner.
  2. By extension, to resist obstinately.
Bud Tweet Definition of Bud Like Definition of Bud on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male nickname.
I remember many visits from my uncle Bud.
  1. (colloquial) A nickname for the beer Budweiser®.
I'd like a Bud, please.
buddy Tweet Definition of buddy Like Definition of buddy on Facebook
noun (buddies)
  1. A friend or casual acquaintance.
They have been buddies since they were in school.
  1. A partner for a particular activity.
drinking buddies
  1. An informal address to a stranger; a placeholder name for a person one does not know.
Hey, , I think you dropped this.
burgess Tweet Definition of burgess Like Definition of burgess on Facebook
noun
  1. an inhabitant of a borough with full rights, a citizen
  2. (historical) a town magistrate
Burton Tweet Definition of Burton Like Definition of Burton on Facebook
proper noun
  1. An English habitational surname for someone who lived in any of several places with that name.
buster Tweet Definition of buster Like Definition of buster on Facebook
noun
  1. guy, friend
Oi, buster, stop following me around everywhere!
  1. loser, uncool person
"Stop being a buster."
  1. A staged fall, used in theatrical and film comedy
Charlie Chaplin pulled a buster right before the closing credits.
Butch Tweet Definition of Butch Like Definition of Butch on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male nickname
Byron Tweet Definition of Byron Like Definition of Byron on Facebook
proper noun
  1. George Gordon (Noel) Byron, 6th Baron Byron (January 22, 1788"April 19, 1824), a famous English poet and leading figure in romanticism.
  2. (given name, male) of mostly American usage.

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