IELTS Speaking Vocabulary | Vocabulary for band 8 in IELTS

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary

IELTS Speaking Vocabulary

ambivalent

adj not sure or decided. Synonym unsure

amble 

verb to walk in a relaxed way without hurrying. Synonym stroll. Antonym
dash

amicably

adv in a friendly way

amiss

adv, adj  something is
amiss something is wrong, there is a problem
 They checked the engine, but nothing
seemed to be amiss.  don’t take it amiss
don’t be annoyed

anarchic

adj without any law or order

annihilate 

verb to destroy
something completely

aplomb 

noun a calm and
self-confident attitude. Synonym assurance

appease

verb 1. to try to improve
something bad or uncomfortable 2. to give in
to another country in the hope that they will
not start a war

archetype 

noun a typical example
of something

aristocracy

noun the people
of the highest class in society, usually
with titles such as Lord or Duke.

aura

noun a general feeling or quality
in a particular situation. Synonym air

babble

1. a little sound
made by water as it flows  the babble of the
stream 2. the sound of people talking together
 a babble of voices in the next room

bashful
adj shy and embarrassed.
Synonym shy

baulk

verb  to baulk at something
to refuse to do something which is dangerous
or unpleasant  He did all sorts of work in
the office, but baulked at having to clean the
toilets.  She baulked at the cost of the air
fare to New Zealand

chalk up

verb to achieve a
score or a victory

chauffeur 

noun a person who is
paid to drive a car for someone else  The
chauffeur brought the Rolls round to the
door. Synonym driver

chink

noun 1. a very small hole or
crack  Even a tiny chink in the curtains will
let light into the darkroom. 2. a little noise of
pieces of something hard hitting each other 
The chink of glasses on the waiter’s tray. 
verb to make a little noise  We could hear
the ice cubes chinking as she carried the tray
of drinks over to us.

churlish 

adj unfriendly or
unhelpful

cloistered

adj protected from
the outside world and its problems. Synonym
secluded

damp

adj rather wet  She’d just
had a shower and her hair was still damp. 
The cellar has cold damp walls. (NOTE:
damper – dampest)  noun moisture in the
air or on a surface  The damp makes my
rheumatism worse.  verb to wet something
slightly  The dew has damped the grass

daunt

verb to discourage or frighten
someone. Antonym encourage  nothing
daunted not discouraged at all  He saw the
crocodile and, nothing daunted, continued to
walk along the river bank.

dazed 

adj confused in the mind.
Synonym confused

epitome

noun a person who
shows a particular quality very strongly. Antonym
antithesis

excursion

noun a short
pleasure trip

fag 

noun 1. tiring or boring work (informal.)
 It’s such a fag, licking all these envelopes.
2. a cigarette  He cadged a fag off
me.  I bought a packet of fags at the kiosk

famished

adj very hungry

graffiti

noun writing on walls in
public places

halt

noun a complete stop. Synonym
standstill  to come to a halt to stop
completely  The lorry came to a halt just
before the wall.

 

riveting

adj which holds everyone’s
attention (informal.) Synonym fascinating.
Antonym boring

swingeing 

adj harsh, heavy

tenable

adj which can be held
or supported. Antonym untenable

warring

adj at war. Synonym belligerent.
Antonym friendly

winch

noun a device which pulls
things up by winding a rope around a drum 
The recovery vehicle has a winch at the back.
Synonym hoist  verb to pull up or to lift by
using a winch  The sailors were winched
from the yacht by helicopter.

 

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