Adverbs describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Typically, you can spot their -ly ending, but that won't always be the case. Badly is an adverb, but so is beforehand. As we continue down our alphabetical list of adverbs, let's behold 50 adverbs that start with B. They may go on to benefit your writing beautifully.
These are 50 of the most common B-adverbs. Beside them are short definitions of each word and, where possible, a few synonyms:
to, at, or toward the rear
rearward, around, backward
in or toward the area behind a performance space
behind the scenes, behind the curtain
in a reverse manner or order
behind, about, rearward
in a harmful or unpleasant manner
carelessly, corruptly, unskillfully
in a manner that involves an absence of hair
something that's just enough, with nothing left over
almost, hardly, just
fundamentally or essentially
essentially, fundamentally, primarily
in a pleasing manner
wonderfully, gracefully, splendidly
earlier or prior to
ahead, early, before
doing something when you don't want to
with respect to the way a person thinks or acts
not on time, late
slowly, tardily, dilatorily
in a credible way
supposedly, conceivably, purportedly
in a manner that has a positive effect
kindly, advantageously, constructively
once every two months
in a manner that pertains to the Bible
taking place every two years
in a manner that affects two sides
happening every two months
in a manner that relates to life
to a small extent
minimally, fractionally, marginally
in a manner that is harsh or disagreeable
angrily, harshly, furiously
happening every two weeks
in a manner that is very strange
strangely, oddly, peculiarly
in a manner that is lacking flavor or interest
flatly, dully, lifelessly
in a manner that shows no emotion or expression
emotionlessly, listlessly, bluntly
something done in a really obvious manner
unmistakably, clearly, undoubtedly
in a way that is very fast
expeditiously, hastily, speedily
in a holy manner
fortunately, joyfully, thankfully
in an extreme manner, as if to cause blindness
without consideration or question
aimlessly, foolishly, recklessly
in a happy or joyful manner
cheerfully, cordially, gleefully
in a manner that is very hot
something done joyously
cheerfully, brightly, merrily
something said or done in a truthful manner
plainly, frankly, candidly
done with confidence
bravely, brazenly, courageously
in a dull or uninteresting way
blandly, lengthily, repeatedly
in a manner that pertains to plant life
in a courageous manner
courageously, fearlessly, valiantly
in a shameless manner
publicly, openly, unashamedly
in a manner without breath
excitedly, fervently, passionately
to a degree that causes shock or awe
surprisingly, wildly, shockingly
for a short time
shortly, succinctly, summarily
in a manner that is shining and full of light
in a bright and shiny manner
dazzlingly, glaringly, lustrously
something done in a quick and busy manner
energetically, rapidly, vigorously
in a loose sense
mostly, widely, generally
in a vicious manner
viciously, mercilessly, savagely
in a manner full of activity
laboriously, diligently, earnestly
Check out this List of 100 Adverbs if you're still hungry for more adverbs!
Did you catch the adverb there? "Exactly" is modifying the linking verb "is." "What is an adverb?" would work just as well, but adverbs allow your writing to be more descriptive and to have more personality.
Adverbs don't only stand beside verbs; they also modify adjectives and other adverbs. A great way to spot them is to look for words that end in -ly. Examples above include "bi-monthly" and "blatantly."
Adverbs do more than add intensity or emphasis to other words, too. Here's a deeper dive into their functionality:
- Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "briskly" describe how something was done.
- Adverbs Indicate Where It Happened: Adverbs like "beside" describe the location of something or where it was done.
- Adverbs Reveal When It Happened: Adverbs like "before" describe the time period in which something took place.
- Adverbs Describe the Extent of an Action: Adverbs like "enough" describe the extent to which something did or did not happen.
For more on how adverbs work to intensify the meaning behind other words, check out these Examples of Adverbs.
Here are 10 of the above adverbs hard at work in sentence format:
- I badly wanted to learn these new concepts.
- She barely knew him before she married him.
- They wrote beautifully in calligraphy.
- Let's meet beforehand to discuss our strategy.
- I'd like to belatedly wish you a happy birthday.
- Don't fall below the class average.
- He will act beneficially for both parties.
- She spoke blandly of their trip to Peru.
- They fought bravely through the war.
- She busily researched for her final portfolio.
Although adverbs are bold additions, it's best just to sprinkle them in to our writing. Too many -ly words can make our writing seem unnecessarily clunky. Try instead to use a strong verb rather than a bland verb and an adverb. You'll have a greater impact that way.
Still, it doesn't hurt to have these parts of speech in your back pocket. Take a walk with us through the entire alphabet. Start back at Adverbs That Start With A and see how many new additions you'll behold.