8 letter word starting with bo

Words Parts of Speech Meaning/Definition/Similar Words
boarding present participle & vb. noun of Board, The act of entering a ship, whether with a hostile or a friendly purpose., The act of covering with boards; also, boards, collectively; or a covering made of boards., The act of supplying, or the state of being supplied, with regular or specified meals, or with meals and lodgings, for pay.
boarfish noun A Mediterranean fish (Capros aper), of the family Caproidae; — so called from the resemblance of the extended lips to a hog’s snout., An Australian percoid fish (Histiopterus recurvirostris), valued as a food fish.
boasting present participle & vb. noun of Boast, The act of glorying or vaunting; vainglorious speaking; ostentatious display.
boastful adjective Given to, or full of, boasting; inclined to boast; vaunting; vainglorious; self-praising.
boastive adjective Presumptuous.
boatable adjective Such as can be transported in a boat., Navigable for boats, or small river craft.
boatbill noun A wading bird (Cancroma cochlearia) of the tropical parts of South America. Its bill is somewhat like a boat with the keel uppermost., A perching bird of India, of the genus Eurylaimus.
boat bug An aquatic hemipterous insect of the genus Notonecta; — so called from swimming on its back, which gives it the appearance of a little boat. Called also boat fly, boat insect, boatman, and water boatman.
boatfuls plural of Boatful
boatsman noun A boatman.
bobbinet noun A kind of cotton lace which is wrought by machines, and not by hand.
bobolink noun An American singing bird (Dolichonyx oryzivorus). The male is black and white; the female is brown; — called also, ricebird, reedbird, and Boblincoln.
bobwhite noun The common quail of North America (Colinus, or Ortyx, Virginianus); — so called from its note.
bocasine noun A sort of fine buckram.
bockelet noun A kind of long-winged hawk; — called also bockerel, and bockeret.
bockland noun See Bookland., Charter land held by deed under certain rents and free services, which differed in nothing from free socage lands. This species of tenure has given rise to the modern freeholds.
bodement noun An omen; a prognostic.
bodiless adjective Having no body., Without material form; incorporeal.
bodleian adjective Of or pertaining to Sir Thomas Bodley, or to the celebrated library at Oxford, founded by him in the sixteenth century.
boeotian adjective Of or pertaining to Boeotia; hence, stupid; dull; obtuse., A native of Boeotia; also, one who is dull and ignorant.
bogberry noun The small cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccus), which grows in boggy places.
boggling present participle & vb. noun of Boggle
bogglish adjective Doubtful; skittish.
bohemian adjective Of or pertaining to Bohemia, or to the language of its ancient inhabitants or their descendants. See Bohemian, n., 2., Of or pertaining to a social gypsy or “Bohemian” (see Bohemian, n., 3); vagabond; unconventional; free and easy., A native of Bohemia., The language of the Czechs (the ancient inhabitants of Bohemia), the richest and most developed of the dialects of the Slavic family., A restless vagabond; — originally, an idle stroller or gypsy (as in France) thought to have come from Bohemia; in later times often applied to an adventurer in art or literature, of irregular, unconventional habits, questionable tastes, or free morals.
boistous adjective Rough or rude; coarse; strong; violent; boisterous; noisy.
boldened imp. & past participle of Bolden
boldness noun The state or quality of being bold.
bolivian adjective Of or pertaining to Bolivia., A native of Bolivia.
bollworm noun The larva of a moth (Heliothis armigera) which devours the bolls or unripe pods of the cotton plant, often doing great damage to the crops.
bolthead noun A long, straight-necked, glass vessel for chemical distillations; — called also a matrass or receiver., The head of a bolt.
boltrope noun A rope stitched to the edges of a sail to strengthen the sail.
bombardo noun Alt. of Bombardon
bombycid adjective Like or pertaining to the genus Bombyx, or the family Bombycidae.
bonassus noun The aurochs or European bison. See Aurochs.
bondager noun A field worker, esp. a woman who works in the field.
bondmaid noun A female slave, or one bound to service without wages, as distinguished from a hired servant.
bondsmen plural of Bondsman
bondsman noun A slave; a villain; a serf; a bondman., A surety; one who is bound, or who gives security, for another.
boneache noun Pain in the bones.
bonefish noun See Ladyfish.
boneless adjective Without bones.
boneshaw noun Sciatica.
bongrace noun A projecting bonnet or shade to protect the complexion; also, a wide-brimmed hat.
bonhomie noun Alt. of Bonhommie
bonibell noun See Bonnibel.
boniface noun An innkeeper.
boniform adjective Sensitive or responsive to moral excellence.
boniness noun The condition or quality of being bony.
bonitary adjective Beneficial, as opposed to statutory or civil; as, bonitary dominion of land.
bonitoes plural of Bonito
bonsmots plural of Bonmot
bonneted adjective Wearing a bonnet., Protected by a bonnet. See Bonnet, 4 (a).
bonnibel noun A handsome girl.
bonspiel noun A cur/ing match between clubs.
bontebok noun The pied antelope of South Africa (Alcelaphus pygarga). Its face and rump are white. Called also nunni.
boobyish adjective Stupid; dull.
boodhism noun Same as Buddhism.
boodhist noun Same as Buddhist.
boohooed imp. & past participle of Boohoe
bookcase noun A case with shelves for holding books, esp. one with glazed doors.
bookland noun Alt. of Bockland
bookless adjective Without books; unlearned.
bookmark noun Something placed in a book to guide in finding a particular page or passage; also, a label in a book to designate the owner; a bookplate.
bookmate noun A schoolfellow; an associate in study.
bookshop noun A bookseller’s shop.
bookwork noun Work done upon a book or books (as in a printing office), in distinction from newspaper or job work., Study; application to books.
bookworm noun Any larva of a beetle or moth, which is injurious to books. Many species are known., A student closely attached to books or addicted to study; a reader without appreciation.
boomorah noun A small West African chevrotain (Hyaemoschus aquaticus), resembling the musk deer.
boosting present participle & vb. noun of Boost
boothale verb t. & i. To forage for booty; to plunder.
boothose noun Stocking hose, or spatterdashes, in lieu of boots., Hose made to be worn with boots, as by travelers on horseback.
bootikin noun A little boot, legging, or gaiter., A covering for the foot or hand, worn as a cure for the gout.
bootjack noun A device for pulling off boots.
bootless adjective Unavailing; unprofitable; useless; without advantage or success.
bootlick noun A toady.
boottree noun An instrument to stretch and widen the leg of a boot, consisting of two pieces, together shaped like a leg, between which, when put into the boot, a wedge is driven.
borachte noun A large leather bottle for liquors, etc., made of the skin of a goat or other animal. Hence: A drunkard.
boracite noun A mineral of a white or gray color occurring massive and in isometric crystals; in composition it is a magnesium borate with magnesium chloride.
boracous adjective Relating to, or obtained from, borax; containing borax.
bordeaux adjective Pertaining to Bordeaux in the south of France., A claret wine from Bordeaux.
bordello noun A brothel; a bawdyhouse; a house devoted to prostitution.
bordered imp. & past participle of Border
borderer noun One who dwells on a border, or at the extreme part or confines of a country, region, or tract of land; one who dwells near to a place or region.
bordland noun Either land held by a bordar, or the land which a lord kept for the maintenance of his board, or table.
bordlode noun The service formerly required of a tenant, to carry timber from the woods to the lord’s house.
borecole noun A brassicaceous plant of many varieties, cultivated for its leaves, which are not formed into a compact head like the cabbage, but are loose, and are generally curled or wrinkled; kale.
borracho noun See Borachio.
borrowed imp. & past participle of Borrow
borrower noun One who borrows.
boshvark noun The bush hog. See under Bush, a thicket.
bosoming present participle & vb. noun of Bosom
bosporus noun A strait or narrow sea between two seas, or a lake and a seas; as, the Bosporus (formerly the Thracian Bosporus) or Strait of Constantinople, between the Black Sea and Sea of Marmora; the Cimmerian Bosporus, between the Black Sea and Sea of Azof.
botanist noun One skilled in botany; one versed in the knowledge of plants.
botanize verb i. To seek after plants for botanical investigation; to study plants., To explore for botanical purposes.
botanies plural of Botany
botching present participle & vb. noun of Botch
botchery noun A botching, or that which is done by botching; clumsy or careless workmanship.
boteless adjective Unavailing; in vain. See Bootless.
bothered imp. & past participle of Bother
botherer noun One who bothers.
bothnian adjective Alt. of Bothnic
botryoid adjective Alt. of Botryoidal
botryose adjective Having the form of a cluster of grapes., Of the racemose or acropetal type of inflorescence.
bottling present participle & vb. noun of Bottle, The act or the process of putting anything into bottles (as beer, mineral water, etc.) and corking the bottles.
bottomed imp. & past participle of Bottom, Having at the bottom, or as a bottom; resting upon a bottom; grounded; — mostly, in composition; as, sharp-bottomed; well-bottomed.
bottomry noun A contract in the nature of a mortgage, by which the owner of a ship, or the master as his agent, hypothecates and binds the ship (and sometimes the accruing freight) as security for the repayment of money advanced or lent for the use of the ship, if she terminates her voyage successfully. If the ship is lost by perils of the sea, the lender loses the money; but if the ship arrives safe, he is to receive the money lent, with the interest or premium stipulated, although it may, and usually does, exceed the legal rate of interest. See Hypothecation.
bouchees noun pl. Small patties.
boughten adjective Purchased; not obtained or produced at home.
bouillon noun A nutritious liquid food made by boiling beef, or other meat, in water; a clear soup or broth., An excrescence on a horse’s frush or frog.
bouldery adjective Characterized by bowlders.
bouncing present participle & vb. noun of Bounce, Stout; plump and healthy; lusty; buxom., Excessive; big.
bounding present participle & vb. noun of Bound, Moving with a bound or bounds.
boundary noun That which indicates or fixes a limit or extent, or marks a bound, as of a territory; a bounding or separating line; a real or imaginary limit.
bounties plural of Bounty
bourgeon verb i. To sprout; to put forth buds; to shoot forth, as a branch.
bournous noun See Burnoose.
boutefeu noun An incendiary; an inciter of quarrels.
boviform adjective Resembling an ox in form; ox-shaped.
bowelled of Bowel
boweling present participle & vb. noun of Bowel
bowenite noun A hard, compact variety of serpentine found in Rhode Island. It is of a light green color and resembles jade.
boweries plural of Bowery
bowgrace noun A frame or fender of rope or junk, laid out at the sides or bows of a vessel to secure it from injury by floating ice.
bow hand The hand that holds the bow, i. e., the left hand., The hand that draws the bow, i. e., the right hand.
bowingly adverb In a bending manner.
bowldery adjective Characterized by bowlders.
bowsprit noun A large boom or spar, which projects over the stem of a ship or other vessel, to carry sail forward.
boxberry noun The wintergreen. (Gaultheria procumbens).
box-iron noun A hollow smoothing iron containing a heater within.
boxthorn noun A plant of the genus Lycium, esp. Lycium barbarum.
boydekin noun A dagger; a bodkin.
boyishly adverb In a boyish manner; like a boy.