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February 21, 2019 • 3:47 pm

How to Improve English Vocabulary for SSC, Bank & Competitive Exams?

List of English Vocabulary Words


If you’re seeking your career in the Government Jobs and aiming to crack any competitive exam, then you must have a strong command over your English Skills. Because in all of such exams, your performance would be assessed separately for each section.


The more weightage you give to your Aptitude & Reasoning preparation, make sure you keep it similar for English also.


Here in this blog, we’d be discussing the most crucial topic of English – Vocabulary!


A good knowledge of vocabulary is essential not only for the SSC, IBPS and SBI bank exams, but it is also an important asset in one’s professional life.


If you would go for any expert advice, they would suggest you improve vocabulary and many other important English terms as well.



Have you ever wondered what is vocabulary and why it is so important to crack any exam?


There are different types of questions asked of the vocabulary in the SSC, IBPS, SBI, UPSC and other Government Exams in the English section.


The English section in competitive exams consists Reading Comprehension, fill in the blanks, Error Finding, Para Jumble, Idioms & phrases, Antonyms & Synonyms and Cloze test etc.


In the English section, it is important to know the meaning of the question to solve it. The English vocabulary will help you to understand the meaning, what the question actually means.


To ease out your worries about how to improve vocabulary in English and Grammar, we are going to present you the important English vocabulary words with meanings in the blog below.




What is Vocabulary? Learn English Vocabulary Words with Meaning Here!



The English Vocabulary PDF is a set or group of words used in any language. The vocabulary words are very useful to communicate and to acquire knowledge with the help of a set of familiar words.


Check out the list of English vocabulary words with meaning in the article and improve vocabulary for SSC CGL Exams, Bank Exams, CAT, GRE and other government exams.



S. No. English Vocabulary Words Vocabulary Meaning
1. Adroit Clever or skillful
2. Bewilder Cause to become perplexed and confused
3. Cardinal Of the greatest importance, fundamental
4. Deferment The action or fact of putting something off to a later time
5. Embodiment A tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling
6. Ferocious Savagely fierce, cruel, or violent
7. Grotesque Comically or repulsively ugly or distorted
8. Harangued Lecture at length in an aggressive and critical manner
9. Incandescent Brilliant, masterly, extraordinarily lucid
10. Jurisprudence The theory or philosophy of law
11. Kindle Set something on fire, arouse or inspire
12. Logjam A situation that seems irresolvable
13. Mooted Raise (a question or topic) for discussion, suggest (an idea or possibility)
14. Nimble Quick and light in movement or action, agile
15. Orchestrated Plan or coordinate the elements to produce the desired effect
16. Patrons A person who gives financial or other support to a person, organization, or cause
17. Quaint Attractively old-fashioned, oddly picturesque
18. Reiteration The action of repeating something, typically for emphasis or clarity
19. Spook Afraid of, frighten, unnerve
20. Tumult A loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people
21. Unbridled Uncontrolled, unconstrained
22. Verbose Using or expressed in more words than are needed
23. Whammy An event with a powerful and unpleasant effect, a blow
24. Yearn Have an intense feeling of longing for something, that one has lost or been separated from
25. Zenith The high point, Apex, Maximum, Pinnacle
26. Intrepid Brave, feeling or displaying no fear by temperament
27. Dovish Supportive discussion or other peaceful solution
28. Staunch Very loyal and committed in attitude
29. Bolster Support or strengthen
30. Paucity The presence of something in only small or insufficient quantities or amounts
31. Fomenting Instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action)
32. Votary A devoted follower, adherent, or advocate of someone
33. Churn Move or cause to move about vigorously
34. Roil Make (a liquid) turbid or muddy by disturbing the sediment
35. Intricate Very complicated or detailed
36. Echelon A level or rank in an organization, a profession, or society
37. Germ An initial stage from which something may develop, Evolution
38. Fend Look after and provide for oneself
39. Austerity Sternness or severity of manner or attitude
40. Clamour A loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting
41. Pragmatic Dealing with things sensibly and realistically
42. Errant Straying from the accepted course or standards, guilty
43. Quell Put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force
44. Glut An excessively abundant supply of something
45. Abridged Shorten (a book, film, speech, etc.) without losing the sense
46. Pecuniary Relating to or consisting of money
47. Foe An enemy or opponent
48. Stewardship The job of supervising or taking care of something
49. Desist Stop doing something, cease or abstain
50. Ailing In poor health
51. Pantheon A group of famous or important people
52. Chinks A narrow opening, typically one that admits light
53. Slovenly Untidy and dirty, scruffy, messy, unkempt, blowsy
54. Hedge A way of protecting oneself against financial loss or other adverse circumstances
55. Congregated Gather into a crowd or mass
56. Sanguineness Cheerfully confident optimistic
57. Protracted Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual
58. Laconic Using very few words, brief
59. Succinct Briefly and clearly expressed
60. Irresolute Showing or feeling hesitancy, uncertain
61. Lament A passionate expression of grief or sorrow
62. Guile Sly or cunning intelligence
63. Veracity Conformity to facts, accuracy
64. Fatuous Silly and pointless
65. Obliterate Destroy utterly, wipe out.
66. Devour Read quickly and eagerly
67. Hoodwink To trick or mislead
68. Plenitude The state of being full or complete, an abundance
69. Gadfly An irritating person, a nuisance
70. Ulterior Existing beyond what is obvious or admitted, intentionally hidden
71. Arrogate Seize and take control without authority, take as one's right
72. Ignominy Public shame or disgrace
73. Carnage The killing of a large number of people
74. Flagrant Conspicuously or obviously offensive
75. Resuscitate Revive (someone) from unconsciousness or apparent death
76. Grandiose Extravagantly imposing in appearance or style, magnificent
77. Dwindling Diminish gradually in size, amount, or strength
78. Alienated Make (someone) feel isolated or estranged
79. Jaded Bored or lacking enthusiasm
80. Cohort A group of people with a shared characteristic
81. Leapt Jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force
82. Prodigies A young person with exceptional qualities or abilities
83. Disgruntled Angry or dissatisfied, fed up
84. Sojourn A temporary stay
85. Bonhomie Cheerful friendliness, geniality
86. Perennial Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time
87. Chafing Make or become sore by rubbing against something, graze, grate, scratch
88. Dovish The tone of a language
89. Preempt Take action in order to prevent an anticipated event, forestall
90. Manoeuvre A movement or series of moves requiring skill and care
91. Farce An event or situation that is absurd or disorganized
92. Succor Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress
93. Croon Hum or sing in a soft, low voice
94. Haggard Looking exhausted and unwell, especially from fatigue, worry, or suffering
95. Vague Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning
96. Jocular Fond of or characterized by joking, humorous or playful
97. Remiss Lacking care or attention to duty, negligent
98. Valiant Possessing or showing courage or determination
99. Tranquil Free from disturbance, calm
100. Scant Barely sufficient or adequate
101. Meagre Lacking in quantity or quality
102. Destitute Extremely poor and lacking the means to provide for oneself
103. Fickle Changing frequently, especially as regards one's loyalties or affections
104. Sluggish Slow-moving or inactive
105. Congenial Like-minded, compatible, pleasing or liked on account of having qualities or interests
106. Invective Insulting, abusive, or highly critical language
107. Obese Grossly fat or overweight
108. Plagued Pester or harass (someone) continually
109. Muzzle The projecting part of the face, including the nose and mouth, of an animal such as a dog or horse
110. Ally Combine or unite a resource or commodity for mutual benefit
111. Nuance Characterized by shade of meaning/ expression, distinction, gradation
112. Maverick Independent person, unorthodox person
113. Crony A close friend or companion
114. Meteoric Very rapid, swift, fast, quick, speedy
115. Shambles A state of total disorder. chaos, mess, muddle, disorganization
116. Elusive Difficult to find, catch, or achieve
117. Amidst Easy to confuse, complicate, jumble
118. Heft The weight of someone or something
119. Ludicrous So foolish, unreasonable, absurd, ridiculous
120. Acute To a severe or intense degree, critical, drastic, dire, dreadful
121. Strife Angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues, conflict
122. Jeopardized Put into a danger of loss, harm, or failure, put at risk, threaten
123. Plethora A large or excessive amount of something
124. Manifestation The action or fact of showing, display, demonstration, exhibition
125. Cults Popular among a particular group, craze, fashion, fad, vogue
126. Vying Compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something
127. Laggard A person who makes slow progress and falls behind others, straggler
128. Vendetta A prolonged bitter quarrel or campaign, argument
129. Haste Excessive speed or urgency of movement or action, hurry
130. Scrutiny Critical observation or examination, inspection
131. Incumbent Necessary for as a duty or responsibility
132. Impunity Exemption from punishment, immunity
133. Earmarked Designate for a particular purpose, set aside, set apart
134. Perceptions Awareness of something through the senses, realization
135. Annulled Declare invalid, declare null and void, nullify, invalidate
136. Scarcity In short supply, dearth, lack, want, undersupply, insufficiency
137. Ruse An action intended to deceive someone, a trick, ploy, tactic
138. Veracity Conformity to facts, accuracy, truthfulness, truth, exactness
139. Grueling Extremely tiring and demanding, exhausting
140. Grapple Close fight or struggle without weapons, wrestle
141. Squandering Waste something in a foolish manner, dissipate
142. Eloquent Clearly expressing, expressive
143. Scuttle Run hurriedly or furtively with short quick steps
144. Flouting Openly disregard, go against, rebel against, refuse to obey
145. Blanche To become white, turn pale, Recoil
146. Prevail Prove more powerful or superior, triumph, be victorious
147. Propped Support or keep in position, hold up
148. Skeptical Not easily convinced, having doubts
149. Distraught Very worried and upset, shattered
150. Portends Be an early sign or warning, prophesy
151. Vitiating Spoil, impair the quality or efficiency, Abolish
152. Nefarious Wicked or criminal, evil, corrupt
153. Gallant Of brave nature, able to face and deal with danger
154. Chivalrous A man of manner, kind, polite and has honour for women
155. Adamant Stubborn, determined not to change his mind
156. Lethal Deadly, fatal, causing or able to cause death
157. Frugal Economical, prudent, avoiding waste
158. Mollify Pacify, appease, make calm or softer
159. Antagonize Provoke someone to react angrily, to make somebody angry
160. Bleak Not encouraging or giving any reason to have hope, unfavorable place, cold and miserable
161. Drab Without interest, dull and boring, lack of charm
162. Cynosure A person or thing that is the center of attention, something that attracts attention
163. Scurrilous Very rude and insulting, and intended to damage somebody's reputation
164. Vitiate Make imperfect, to spoil or reduce the effect of something
165. Retaliate To take revenge, to do something harmful
166. Peevish Easily irritated, testy or annoyed
167. Cajole To persuade by buttering up or making promises
168. Redundant Surplus, more than what is required
169. Brazen Bold, without shame, impudent, forward, unashamed
170. Gregarious Sociable, like to be with other people
171. Sanguine Cheerfully positive and confident
172. Ambivalent Having mixed feelings about someone or something
173. Lugubrious Extremely sad and depressed
174. Congenial Agreeable and pleasing in nature or character
175. Knack Natural abilities or qualities of doing something, a special skill
176. Thrifty Careful about spending money and not wasting things
177. Ambiguous Having different meanings
178. Bizarre Very strange or unusual, Odd, funny
179. Garrulous Excessively talkative, chatty, especially on trivial matters
180. Cordial Pleasant and friendly
181. Lunacy Behaviour that is stupid or crazy, madness
182. Hallucination See or hear, which is not really there due to illness or drugs
183. Retrench To spend less money, to reduce costs
184. Stern Serious, strict, severe, harsh
185. Capricious Unpredictable, changeable, showing sudden changes in attitude or behaviour
186. Mundane Lacking interest or excitement, dull
187. Insidious Causing harm in a way that is gradual or not easily noticed
188. Acrimony Angry and bitter feelings
189. Ousted Drive out or expel (someone) from a position or place
190. Bugbears A cause of obsessive fear, anxiety or irritation
191. Staunch Very loyal and committed in attitude
192. Condone To accept behaviour that is morally wrong, excuse
193. Imminent About to happened, forthcoming
194. Drubbing A resounding defeat in a match or contest
195. Bickering Argue about petty and trivial matters, squabble
196. Fury Wild or violent anger, temper
197. Steward A person responsible for supplies
198. Snares A trap for catching birds or mammals, net
199. Debilitate Very weak and infirm, tiring, exhausting
200. Haggle Dispute or bargain persistently, negotiate,
201. Scrutinized Examine or inspect closely and thoroughly, survey, scan
202. Firmament The sky, heaven, the blue
203. Lampoon Publicly criticize, irony, mock
204. Mourn Feel or show sorrow for the death, feel regret or sadness about the loss
205. Dawdle Waste time, be slow
206. Succumb Fail to resist pressure or temptation, surrender
207. Titter Give a short, half-suppressed laugh, giggle
208. Intrigue Arouse the curiosity or interest of, fascinate
209. Eerie Strange and frightening, ghostly, strange
210. Neophyte A person who is new to a subject or activity, beginner
211. Slothful Lazy, idle, inactive, dull
212. Onus One's duty or responsibility, liability
213. Revive Restore to life or consciousness, bring back from the edge of death
214. Demur Raise objections or show reluctance, protest
215. Encumbered Restrict or impede, obstruct, limit
216. Annihilate Destroy utterly, extinguish
217. Lurking Be or remain hidden so as to wait in ambush, hide, skulk
218. Besmirch Damage (one's reputation), spoil, ruin
219. Allude Refer to, suggest, hint at, mention
220. Elude Escape from or avoid (a danger, enemy), flee
221. Vanquish Defeat thoroughly, conquer, overcome
222. Sojourn A temporary stay, stopover, residence
223. Imbibe Drink, consume, sip, swallow
224. Veer Change direction suddenly, swing
225. Menace A person/ thing that causes harm, a threat
226. Blatant (bad behaviour) done openly and Unashamedly, undisguised
227. Motley Varied in appearance or character, diverse, varied
228. Frivolous Not having any serious purpose or value, joking
229. Affluent Having a great deal of money, wealthy, opulent
230. Woe Great sorrow or distress, misery, unhappiness
231. Herald To be a sign (of something), indicate
232. Callous Having an insensitive, unfeeling
233. Engender Cause, generate, incite, provoke
234. Gullible Easily persuaded to believe something, trustful
235. Feeble Lacking physical strength, powerless
236. Suave Charming, sophisticated, gentlemanly
237. Paragon A model of excellence, good example
238. Imperative Of vital importance, crucial, necessary, indispensable
239. Elicit Evoke or draw out, obtain, bring out, draw out, induce
240. Conjure To appear by means of a magic ritual, materialize
241. Ploy A cunning plan or action, strategy
242. Nexus A series of connections, Connection
243. Humdrum lacking excitement or variety, boring
244. Canon A general law/ rule/ principle by which something is judged.
245. Queer Strange, odd, bizarre
246.  Vex Cause Annoyance In, Disturb, Especially by Minor Irritations
247. Stratum People Having the Same Social, Economic, Or Educational Status
248. Ubiquitous Present, appearing or being everywhere at once
249. Omnipotent Having unlimited power, almighty, supreme
250. Furor  An outbreak of public anger or excitement
251. Cooper A maker or repairer of casks and barrels.
252. Satire The use of humour, irony
253. Nostalgic Feeling, evoking, sentimental
254. Disingenuous Not straightforward or candid
255. Pique A sudden outburst of anger
256. Hokum A message that seems to convey no meaning
257. Volley Utter or discharge in quick succession, burst
258. Trumped Surpass (something) by saying or doing something better
259. Manifest Clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
260. Throng Fill or be present in great numbers
261. Bygone Belonging to an earlier time
262. Plethora A large or excessive amount of something/an excess of
263. Jaunty Having a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner
264. Propensity A natural inclination or tendency, a disposition to behave in a certain way.
265. Ruminate To think deeply about something, Meditate
266. Mellifluous Pleasing to the ear, a smooth, flowing sound, Melodious
267. Hideous So extremely ugly as to be terrifying, Horrible
268. Famished Extremely hungry, Starved
269. Vying To be competitive with someone in order to do or achieve something
270. Scramble Move hurriedly or clumsily from or into a particular place or position
271. Midget Very small, so small as to be insignificant
272. Impeccable Without fault or error,  perfect in every way
273. Palpably Noticeably or clearly
274. Nudge To give someone a gentle reminder or encouragement
275. Oust Drive out or expel someone from a position or place
276. Ginormous Extremely large
277. Dote Be extremely fond of, Adore
278. Plucky Having or showing determined courage in the face of difficulties
279. Babble Talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited way
280. Probity The quality of having strong moral principles, honesty and decency
281. Malinger Pretend to be ill in order to escape duty or work
282. Revel Enjoy oneself in a lively and noisy way
283. Dodgy Dishonest or unreliable
284. Grit Courage and resolve, the strength of character
285. Utopia An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect
286. Placid Not easily upset or excited
287. Bohemian Socially unconventional, experimental
288. Imbecile Stupid, idiotic
289. Protagonist An advocate or champion of a particular cause or idea
290. Erudite Having or showing great knowledge or learning
291. Searing Extremely hot or intense, severely critical
292. Daunting Discouraging through fear
293. Acrimonious Angry and bitter
294. Hunch A feeling or guess based on intuition rather than fact
295. Rhetoric The art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing
296. Audacious Showing willingness to take bold risks
297. Halo The glory associated with an esteemed person, radiance
298. Quandary A state of not knowing what to decide, the dilemma
299. Malice The desire to harm someone, feeling a need to see others suffer
300. Juggernaut A huge, powerful, and overwhelming force


Further, in this blog, you will also be able to get some tips and tricks to learn English vocabulary words with meaning.



You may like to visit our must-read blog: List of Adjective Words




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If you find it hard to remember the new words, you can follow some effective memorizing techniques to remember new vocabulary words.


You can use flash cards and stick them at the places where you often look at.


 One of the effective techniques to learn vocabulary words is to connect new words with pictures, famous personalities, places or events.


 It is advised to all the candidates to read English newspaper especially The Hindu Editorial with Vocabulary in order to make their vocabulary list strong.


The reading habit will boost your vocabulary knowledge and help you in your professional life or career in future.



In the above article, we have tried to include all the important English vocabulary words with meaning that could be asked in the upcoming Government job exams in 2018.


Also, visit the similar blogs for the English Section One Words Substitution and Idioms & Phrases, which will also help you to learn vocabulary words for competitive exams.



Hope this article will help you to learn English vocabulary with meaning. You can share this article with your friends if you found it helpful in learning English vocabulary for exam preparation.


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