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bairn Tweet Definition of bairn Like Definition of bairn on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, Northumbria, and, Scotland) A child or baby.
bake Tweet Definition of bake Like Definition of bake on Facebook
verb (bakes, baking, baked, baked)
  1. (context, transitive, ergative) To cook (something) in an oven, but not in fat. Compare roast.
To bread.
  1. (transitive) To dry by heat.
  2. (context, transitive, figuratively) (Of a person, the weather, or an object:) To be hot.
  3. (intransitive) To become baked.
The bread is baking at the moment.
barley Tweet Definition of barley Like Definition of barley on Facebook
noun
  1. A strong cereal of the genus Hordeum, or its grains, often used as food or to make malted drinks.
bating Tweet Definition of bating Like Definition of bating on Facebook
verb
  1. (present participle of, bate)
beck Tweet Definition of beck Like Definition of beck on Facebook
noun
  1. (Northern English dialect) A stream or small river.
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.
bicker Tweet Definition of bicker Like Definition of bicker on Facebook
verb
  1. To quarrel in a tiresome, insulting manner.
They bickered about dinner every evening.
bike Tweet Definition of bike Like Definition of bike on Facebook
noun
  1. A short form of bicycle.
  2. A short form of motorcycle.
  3. (derogatory slang) A promiscuous woman.
Billy Tweet Definition of Billy Like Definition of Billy on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, male), a diminutive of William.
birk Tweet Definition of birk Like Definition of birk on Facebook
noun
  1. (provincial English): A birch tree. The silver . -Tennyson.
  2. (ZoÝÂlogy): A small European minnow (Leuciscus phoxinus).
1. (Gen) Somebody who studies by night.
2. Participant in late night student debates.
3. An evening class student.
4. Day sleeper, night reader.
5. User of 24hr libraries.      
blate Tweet Definition of blate Like Definition of blate on Facebook
adjective (blat, er)
  1. bashful, Bashful, sheepish.
  2. dull, Dull, stupid.
bonnet Tweet Definition of bonnet Like Definition of bonnet on Facebook
noun
  1. A type of hat, once worn by women or children, held in place by ribbons tied under the chin.
  2. A traditional Scottish woollen brimless cap, also spelled bunnet.
  3. (context, AU, UK, automotive) The hinged cover over the engine of a motor car.
  4. (nautical) A length of canvas attached to a fore-and-aft sail to increase the pulling power.
bonny Tweet Definition of bonny Like Definition of bonny on Facebook
adjective
  1. (Geordie) (alternative spelling of, bonnie)
boss Tweet Definition of boss Like Definition of boss on Facebook
noun
  1. A person in charge of a business or company.
  • Chat turned to whisper when the entered the conference room.
    1. A person who oversees and directs the work of others; a supervisor; someone who fires people.
My complains that I'm always late to work.
  1. A leader, the head of an organized group or team.
They named him because he had good leadership skills.
  1. The head of a political party in a given region or district.
He is the Republican in Kentucky.
  1. (context, mechanical) A protrusion, frequently a cylinder of material that extends beyond a hole.
  2. (architecture) A knob or projection, usually at the intersection of ribs in a vault.
  3. a hassock or footrest
  4. the strengthened area at the centre of a shield to the hand grip, which is attached to the rear of the boss. The boss is frequently made of metal even when the remainder of the shield is of wood or leather
verb (boss, es)
  1. To exercise authoritative control; to lord over; to boss around; to tell someone what to do, often repeatedly.
  • You aren't my father. You can't me around!.
    1. (rare) To decorate with bosses; to emboss.
adjective
  1. (slang) of excellent quality, first-rate
bourn Tweet Definition of bourn Like Definition of bourn on Facebook
noun
  1. A small stream or brook.
brogue Tweet Definition of brogue Like Definition of brogue on Facebook
noun
  1. Gaelic term for a strong dialectal accent. In Ireland it used to be a term for Erse spoken with a strong English accent, but gradually changed to mean English spoken with a strong Irish accent as English control of Ireland gradually increased and Erse waned as the standard language.
  2. A strong oxford shoe, usually with ornamental perforations and wing tips.
  3. (formerly) A heavy shoe of untanned leather. Also: Brogan.
burd Tweet Definition of burd Like Definition of burd on Facebook
noun
  1. poetic Maiden, young woman
burn Tweet Definition of burn Like Definition of burn on Facebook
noun
  1. A physical injury caused by heat or caustic chemicals.
She had second-degree burns from falling in the bonfire.
  1. The act of burning something.
They"re doing a controlled of the fields.
  1. Physical sensation in the muscles following strenuous exercise, caused by build-up of lactic acid.
One and, two and, keep moving; feel the !
  1. (slang) An intense non-physical sting, as left by an effective insult
verb (burns, burning, burnt or burned)
  1. (intransitive) To be consumed by fire, or at least in flames.
He watched the house .
  1. (intransitive) To feel hot, e.g. due to embarrassment.
Her cheeks burned with shame.
  1. (context, intransitive, curling) To accidentally touch a moving stone.
  2. (transitive) (ergative) To cause to be consumed by fire.
He burned his manuscript in the fireplace.
  1. (transitive) To injure (a person or animal) with heat or caustic chemicals.
She burned the child with an iron, and was put in jail for ten years.
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To betray.
The informant burned him.
  1. (context, transitive, computing) To write data to a permanent storage medium like a compact disc or a ROM chip.
We'll this program onto an E-PROM one hour before the demo begins.
  1. (transitive) To waste (time).
We have an hour to .
  1. (context, transitive, slang) To insult badly, leaving no possible comeback.
I just burned you again.
  1. (context, transitive, cards) In pontoon, to swap a pair of cards for another pair.
but Tweet Definition of but Like Definition of but on Facebook
noun
  1. An instance or example of using the word "but"
It has to be done " no ifs or buts.
  1. (Scottish English) The outer room of a small two-room cottage.
adverb
  1. merely, Merely, only.
Since that day, my mood has changed a little.

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