brusque ADJ. /唐图;直率;粗暴无礼/blunt; abrupt. Was Bruce too brusque when he brushed off Bob's request with a curt "Not now!"?
buccaneer N. /海盗/pirate. At Disneyland the Pirates of the Caribbean sing a song about their lives as bloody buccaneers.
bucolic ADJ. /田园的/rustic; pastoral. Filled with browsing cows and bleating sheep, the meadow was a charmingly bucolic sight.
buffet N. /自助餐/table with food set out for people to serve themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set out. Please convey the soufflé on the tray to the buffet. (Buffet rhymes with tray.)
buffet V. /殴打，斗殴/slap; batter; knock about. To buffet something is to rough it up. (Buffet rhymes with Muffett.) Was Miss Muffett buffeted by the crowd on the way to the buffet tray?
buffoonery N. /滑稽的/clowning. In the Ace Ventura movies, Jim Carrey's buffoonery was hilarious: like Bozo the Clown, he's a natural buffoon.
bullion N. /金条，银条/gold and silver in the form of bars. Much bullion is stored in the vaults at Fort Knox.
bulwark N. /壁垒/earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends. The navy is our principal bulwark against invasion.
bumptious ADJ. /盲目自大/self-assertive. His classmates called him a show-off because of his bumptious airs.
bungalow N. /小平房/small cottage. Every summer we rent a bungalow on Cape Cod for our vacation home. The rent is high, the roof is low-it's a basic bungalow.
bungle V. /搞砸/mismanage; blunder. Don't botch this assignment, Bumstead; if you bungle the job, you're fired!
buoyant ADJ. /可漂浮的，乐观的/able to float; cheerful and optimistic. When the boat capsized, her buoyant life jacket kept Jody afloat. Scrambling back on board, she was still in a buoyant mood, certain that despite the delay she'd win the race.
bureaucracy N. /官僚机构/over-regulated administrative system marked by red tape. The Internal Revenue Service is the ultimate bureaucracy. taxpayers wasted so much paper filling out IRS forms that the IRS bureaucrats printed up a new set of rules requiring taxpayers to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act.
burgeon V. /发芽，成长/grow forth; send out buds. In the spring, the plants that burgeon are a promise of the beauty that is to come.
burlesque V. /作秀，滑稽/give an imitation that ridicules. In Spaceballs, Rick Moranis burlesques Darth Vader of Star Wars, outrageously parodying Vader's stiff walk and hollow voice.
burly ADJ. /魁伟，结实/husky; muscular. The burly mover lifted the packing crate with ease.
burnish V. /擦拭/make shiny by rubbing; polish. The maid burnished the brass fixtures until they reflected the lamplight.
bustle V. /喧嚣，繁忙，熙熙攘攘/move about energetically; teem. David and the children bustled about the house getting in each other's way as they tried to pack for the camping trip. The whole house bustled with activity.
buttress V. /支持/support; prop up. The attorney came up with several far-fetched arguments in a vain attempt to buttress his weak case. also N.
buxom ADJ. /丰满;充满活力;欢快/plump; vigorous; jolly. The soldiers remembered the buxom nurse who had always been so pleasant to them.