Adverbs That Start With B

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.

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50 Adverbs Starting With B

These are 50 of the most common B-adverbs. Beside them are short definitions of each word and, where possible, a few synonyms:

Adverb

Definition

Synonym

back

to, at, or toward the rear

rearward, around, backward

backstage

in or toward the area behind a performance space

behind the scenes, behind the curtain

backward

in a reverse manner or order

behind, about, rearward

badly

in a harmful or unpleasant manner

carelessly, corruptly, unskillfully

baldly

in a manner that involves an absence of hair

barely

something that's just enough, with nothing left over

almost, hardly, just

basically

fundamentally or essentially

essentially, fundamentally, primarily

beautifully

in a pleasing manner

wonderfully, gracefully, splendidly

beforehand

earlier or prior to

ahead, early, before

begrudgingly

doing something when you don't want to

hesitantly, unhappily

behaviorally

with respect to the way a person thinks or acts

belatedly

not on time, late

slowly, tardily, dilatorily

believably

in a credible way

supposedly, conceivably, purportedly

below

lower than

beneath, underneath

beneficially

in a manner that has a positive effect

kindly, advantageously, constructively

bi-monthly

once every two months

biblically

in a manner that pertains to the Bible

biennially

taking place every two years

bilaterally

in a manner that affects two sides

dually

bimonthly

happening every two months

biologically

in a manner that relates to life

bit

to a small extent

minimally, fractionally, marginally

bitterly

in a manner that is harsh or disagreeable

angrily, harshly, furiously

biweekly

happening every two weeks

bizarrely

in a manner that is very strange

strangely, oddly, peculiarly

blandly

in a manner that is lacking flavor or interest

flatly, dully, lifelessly

blankly

in a manner that shows no emotion or expression

emotionlessly, listlessly, bluntly

blatantly

something done in a really obvious manner

unmistakably, clearly, undoubtedly

blazingly

in a way that is very fast

expeditiously, hastily, speedily

blessedly

in a holy manner

fortunately, joyfully, thankfully

blindingly

in an extreme manner, as if to cause blindness

obviously, extremely

blindly

without consideration or question

aimlessly, foolishly, recklessly

blissfully

in a happy or joyful manner

cheerfully, cordially, gleefully

blisteringly

in a manner that is very hot

heatedly

blithely

something done joyously

cheerfully, brightly, merrily

bluntly

something said or done in a truthful manner

plainly, frankly, candidly

boldly

done with confidence

bravely, brazenly, courageously

boringly

in a dull or uninteresting way

blandly, lengthily, repeatedly

botanically

in a manner that pertains to plant life

bravely

in a courageous manner

courageously, fearlessly, valiantly

brazenly

in a shameless manner

publicly, openly, unashamedly

breathlessly

in a manner without breath

excitedly, fervently, passionately

breathtakingly

to a degree that causes shock or awe

surprisingly, wildly, shockingly

briefly

for a short time

shortly, succinctly, summarily

brightly

in a manner that is shining and full of light

brilliantly, splendidly

brilliantly

in a bright and shiny manner

dazzlingly, glaringly, lustrously

briskly

something done in a quick and busy manner

energetically, rapidly, vigorously

broadly

in a loose sense

mostly, widely, generally

brutally

in a vicious manner

viciously, mercilessly, savagely

busily

in a manner full of activity

laboriously, diligently, earnestly


Check out this List of 100 Adverbs if you're still hungry for more adverbs!

What Exactly Is an Adverb?

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:

  1. Adverbs Tell How It Happened: Adverbs like "briskly" describe how something was done.
  2. Adverbs Indicate Where It Happened: Adverbs like "beside" describe the location of something or where it was done.
  3. Adverbs Reveal When It Happened: Adverbs like "before" describe the time period in which something took place.
  4. 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.

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10 Example Sentences

Here are 10 of the above adverbs hard at work in sentence format:

  1. I badly wanted to learn these new concepts.
  2. She barely knew him before she married him.
  3. They wrote beautifully in calligraphy.
  4. Let's meet beforehand to discuss our strategy.
  5. I'd like to belatedly wish you a happy birthday.
  6. Don't fall below the class average.
  7. He will act beneficially for both parties.
  8. She spoke blandly of their trip to Peru.
  9. They fought bravely through the war.
  10. She busily researched for her final portfolio.

Bold Adverbs

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.