Adj - 4(151-200)


Boisterous (adj):  boi-ster-uhs, -struhs
Someone who is boisterous is noisy, lively, and full of energy = noisy and unruly
The children and the dogs raced out of the house to give me a boisterous welcome

Bombastic (adj):  bom-bas-tik
If you describe someone as bombastic, you are criticizing them for trying to impress other people by saying things that sound impressive but have little meaning = pompous, grandiloquent
He was disliked due to his bomastic ways

Boorish  (adj):  boor-ish
Boorish behaviour is rough, uneducated, and rude = insensitive
The villager’s boorish behaviour stunned the forigner

Bountiful (adj):  boun-tuh-fuhl
A bountiful supply or amount of something pleasant is a large one  = plentiful, generous; showing bounty
State aid is less bountiful than it was before

Brackish (adj): brak-ish (155)
Brackish water is slightly salty and unpleasant = saline
Chilka Lake in Orissa is the largest brackish water lake in India

Brash (adj):  brash
If you describe someone or their behaviour as brash, you disapprove of them because you think that they are too confident and aggressive = rash
Beneath his brash exteior, he’s still a little boy inside

Brazen (adj):  brey-zuhn
If you describe a person or their behaviour as brazen, you mean that they are very bold and do not care what other people think about them or their behaviour = shameless
She had become brazen about the whole affair

Brindled (adj):  brin-dld
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots = spotted
He was disappointed because the puppies were brindled; he had hoped for animals of a uniform color

Bristling (adj):  bris-uhl
Bristling means thick, hairy, and rough It is used to describe things such as moustaches, beards, or eyebrows
He wears a bristling white moustache

Brusque (adj):  bruhsk (160)
If you describe a person or their behaviour as brusque, you mean that they deal with things, or say things, quickly and shortly, so that they seem to be rude = blunt, abrupt
The doctor spoke in a brusque tone

Bucolic (adj):  byoo-kol-ik
Bucolic means relating to the countryside = rustic, pastoral
The painting shows a typically bucolic scene with farmers harvesting crops in the field

Bulbous (adj): buhl-buhs
Something that is bulbous is round and fat in a rather ugly way = swollen, shaped like a bulb
The brawl left him with a Bulbous Nose

Bumptious (adj):  buhmp-shuhs
If you say that someone is bumptious, you are criticizing them because they are very pleased with themselves and their opinions = overconfident, presumptuous
Our Chairman is unbearably bumptious

Buoyant (adj):  boi-uhnt, boo-yuhnt
If you are in a buoyant mood, you feel cheerful and behave in a lively way = cheerful, optimistic
His success in the exam is the reason for his buoyant spirit

Buxom (adj):  buhk-suhm (165)
If you describe a woman as buxom, you mean that she looks healthy and attractive and has a rounded body = plump
Melissa was a tall, buxom blonde

Byzantine (adj):  biz-uhn-teen, -tahyn, bahy-zuhn-
If you describe a system or process as byzantine, you are criticizing it because it seems complicated or secretive = arduous, convoluted
The whole process of applying to Universities abroad seems so byzantine at first, but we somehow come through it

Cadaverous (adj):  kuh-dav-er-uhs
If you describe someone as cadaverous, you mean they are extremely thin and pale = like a corpse,  pale
My uncle is a tall man with a long, cadaverous face

Cagey (adj):  key-jee
If you say that someone is being cagey about something, you mean that you think they are deliberately not giving you much information or expressing an opinion about it = secretive
He was cagey about his future plans, perhaps he is serious about a career in politics

Callous (adj): kal-uhs
A callous person or action is very cruel and shows no concern for other people or their feelings = heartless, insensitive
He is accused of consistently and callously ill-treating his wife

Callow (adj):  kal-oh (170)
A callow young person has very little experience or knowledge of the way they should behave as an adult = inexperienced, immatured
Sachin was just a callow youth of sixteen when he entered into the arena of international cricket

Calorific (adj):  kal-uh-rif-ik
The calorific value of something, or its calorific content, is the number of calories it contains = heat-producing
Fatty foods have a high calorific value

Candid  (adj):  kan-did
When you are candid about something or with someone, you speak honestly = honest, sincere
I want your candid opinion

Canny (adj):  kan-ee
A canny person is clever and able to think quickly You can also describe a person's behaviour as canny = shrewd; thrifty
He was far too canny to risk giving himself away

Cantankerous (adj):  kan-tang-ker-uhs
Someone who is cantankerous is always finding things to argue or complain about = irritable, illhumoured, argumentative
His illness has made him increasingly cantankerous

Capacious (adj):   kuh-pey-shuhs (175)
Something that is capacious has a lot of space to put things in = spacious, roomy
The room was capacious enough to accommodate 100 persons

Capricious (adj):  kuh-prish-uhs, -pree-shuhs
Someone who is capricious often changes their mind unexpectedly = unpredictable, fickle
After marriage he found that his wife was easily bored, capricious and unpredictable

Captious (adj) :  kap-shuhs
A captious person is apt to find faults of  others = faultfinding, carping
A captious boss would be the most hated man in the world

Cardinal (adj):  kahr-dn-l
A cardinal rule or quality is the one that is considered to be the most important = chief
Cleaning hands before eating comes under the cardinal rules

Carnal (adj):  kahr-nl
Carnal feelings and desires are sexual and physical, without any spiritual element  = sexual, fleshly
Their ruling passion is that of carnal love

Carnivorous (adj):  kahr-niv-er-uhs (180)
Carnivorous animals eat meat = meat-eating
With certain carnivores, only the dominant male copulates with the females

Carping (adj):  kahr-ping
If you say that someone is carping, you mean that they keep criticizing or complaining about someone or something, especially in a way you think is unnecessary or annoying = finding fault
My carping new boss has been hated by all in our company

Catholic (adj):  kath-uh-lik
If you describe a collection of things or people as catholic, you are emphasizing that they are very varied  = wide, broadly sympathetic, liberal
He was a catholic taste in music

Caustic (adj):  kaw-stik
A caustic remark is extremely critical, cruel, or bitter = burning
He wrote a caustic letter back

Celestial (adj):   suh-les-chuhl
Celestial is used to describe things relating to heaven or to the sky = heavenly
The moon is a celestial body

Celibate  (adj):  sel-uh-bit, -beyt (185)
Someone who is celibate does not marry or have sex, because of their religious beliefs = sexless
The perennial bachelor vowed to remain celibate

Censorious (adj):  sen-sawr-ee-uhs
If you describe someone as censorious, you do not like the way they strongly disapprove of and criticize someone else’s behaviour = critical
A censorious boss is an object of hate

Centrifugal (adj):  sen-trif-yuh-guhl
Centrifugal is tending away from the center
The juice is extracted by centrifugal force

Centripetal (adj):  sen-trip-i-tl
If something or someone takes centre stage, they become very important or noticeable
A rotating body has both centripetal and centripetal forces

Cerebral (adj):  suh-ree-bruhl
If you describe someone or something as cerebral, you mean that they are intellectual rather than emotional = intellectual
Our left cerebal hemisphere controls the right hand side of our body

Challenging (adj):  chal-in-jing (190)
A challenging task or job requires great effort and determination= difficult, hard
Getting admission in IIT is a challenging task

Chaotic (adj):  key-ot-ik
Something that is chaotic is in a state of complete disorder and confusion = in utter disorder
The chaotic political situation seems to be settling now

Chary (adj):  chair-ee
If you are chary of doing something, you are fairly cautious about doing it= cautious, wary
I am chary about using a book which looks cheap

Chaste (adj):  cheyst
If you describe a person or their behaviour as chaste, you mean that they do not have sex with anyone, or they only have sex with their husband or wife = pure, refined
The ascetic is widely respected for his chaste habits

Checkered (adj):  chek-erd
If a person or organization has had a chequered career or history, they have had a varied past with both good and bad periods = changing
Rajesh had a checkered career

Cherubic (adj):  cher-uhb (195)
If someone looks cherubic, they look sweet and innocent like a cherub = angelic
Her cherubic pink face is adored by all

Chimerical (adj):  ki-mer-i-kuhl
fantastic; highly imaginative
He has a highly chimerical mind to be just a clerk

Choleric (adj):  kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik
A choleric person gets angry very easily You can also use choleric to describe a person who is very angry = bad-tempered
Sunil is a choleric, self-important, little man

Chronic (adj):  kron-ik
A chronic illness or disability lasts for a very long time Compare acute
The persistent infighting has led to chronic poverty in the Central African countries

Churlish (adj):  chur-lish
Someone who is churlish is unfriendly, bad-tempered, or impolite = rude, boorish
It would be churlish to refuse his invitation

Ciliated (adj):  sil-ee-itid, -eyt (200)
Having a margin or fringe of hairlike projections = hairy
Parameciu, is a one-celled ciliated animal