Silent B Words

Boost Your Child’s Language Skills With This List Of Words With Silent B

Is your little one learning B words for kids? Along with words starting with B, help your little ones learn about silent B words. Learning about these words with a silent B in them is important to boost your child’s reading, writing and language skills.

The English language is very funny. We add an extra letter in between some words and at the end of others, but we don’t pronounce these letters. If you think spelling these words are difficult, then the pronunciation is sure to drive you up the wall. One of those silent letter words are silent B words. You can see the letter in the word, but you don’t say it out loud when you pronounce it! When you teach words for kids, it’s very important to teach them these silent B words.

List Of Silent B Words

Here is a list of silent B words along with their meanings.

Bomb/bɒm/An explosive device
Comb/kəʊm/A metallic, wooden or plastic tool with a row of teeth used to untangle and arrange hair
Dumb/dʌm/unable to speak
Lamb/læm/sheep’s young one
Climb/klaɪm/ascend or go up
Tomb/tuːm/a large underground vault where dead bodies are buried
Thumb/θʌm/the first, short and thick finger on a hand
Crumb/krʌm/a very small piece of bread, cake or a cookie
Limb/lɪm/an arm or leg of a person or animal
Numb/nʌm/without the power of feeling or any sensation
Plumber/ˈplʌmər/a person whose job it is to fix pipes, bathrooms, toilets etc
Debt/dɛt/owing money
Doubt/daʊt/uncertainty or fear
Subtle/ˈsʌtəl/hard to notice or grasp
Succumb/səˈkʌm/Give in or yield to pressure, temptation or any negative force
Honeycomb/ˈhʌnɪkəʊm/A structure made of tiny hexagonal cells by bees to store honey and eggs

Why Is The B Not Pronounced In Silent B Words?

Before you teach these silent B words for kids, explain why B is silent in these words. Though you can clearly see it, the letter B is silent in two situations: 

  1. When the word ends with mb
  2. When the ends with bt

Most words that end with mb or bt have different origins. For example, bomb was derived from the Italian word bomba and tomb is of Greek origin. The B in bomba is pronounced. As the English language evolved with time, the pronunciation of several words changed. The B sound in such words was considered clumsy and was dropped, but the spelling remained unchanged. 

Activities To Help Kids Learn Silent B Words

Here are some fun activities to help kids revise and practice words with a silent B.

  • Puzzles: Kids love word games like puzzles. Not only will they have fun, but this activity also helps them revise their lesson on silent B words. Give your little one word puzzles like crossword puzzles and word search puzzles for kids to learn words with a silent B.
  • Fill In The Blanks To Revise Silent B Words: Fill in the blanks is one of the easiest activities to help kids revise silent B words. Once your kids have learnt the words from the list above, test their knowledge with some simple fill in the blanks exercises. This is one of the best activities to help kids learn how to spell the words accurately too. Here are some fill in the blanks exercises to help your little ones practice words with a silent B in them.
    1. D  __ U __ T
    2. L __ M __
    3. T H __ M __
    4. C __ I M __
    5. D __ B __

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Frequently Asked Questions on Silent B Words

Why kids should learn silent B words?

Silent B words will help in improving a child’s vocabulary and language skills. Learning to identify and pronouncing these words will help children to read, write and speak fluently.

Why is the letter B silent in some words?

The letter B is not pronounced in some words even though it occurs in words. B is silent when the word ends with mb and when the word ends with bt. For example, doubt, subtle debt, etc. The letter B was pronounced in these words earlier. But as the English language evolved the B sound was considered clumsy in these words and was dropped. So, the letter B became silent in these words though the spelling remained unchanged.