Barron's GRE Word List 21 (gainsay-gossamer)

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gainsay

to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose

gait

n. manner of moving on foot; rate or manner or proceeding

galaxy

n. A huge group of single stars, star systems, star clusters, dust, and gas bound together by gravity; a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)

gale

windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughters, tears);

gall

v. make sore; irritate mentally; annoy; vex, (n) bitterness of feeling, rancor

galleon

a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts

galvanize

to stimulate or urge into action; to spur, To excite or arouse action

gambit

a chess move early in the game in which the player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain an advantageous position; maneuver or action used to gain an advantage

gambol

(v.) to jump or skip about playfully, romp

gamely

adv. bravely; in a spirited manner; with courage;

gamut

n. an entire range or series

gape

v. an expression of open-mouthed astonishment

garbled

mixed up; jumbled; distorted

gargantuan

of huge or extraordinary size and power

gargoyle

A grotesque carved human or animal figure, especially one used as a rainspout carrying water clear of a wall

garish

(adj.) crudely or tastelessly colorful, showy, or elaborate, as clothes or decoration

garner

(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use

garnish

(v.) to adorn or decorate, especially food; (n.) an ornament or decoration, especially for food

garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative

gastronomy

art and science of preparing and serving good food;

gauche

awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy

gaudy

(adj.) flashy, showy; not in good taste

gaunt

adj. extremely thin and bony; haggard and drawn, as from great hunger, weariness, or torture;

gavel

n. hammerlike tool; mallet(wooden hammer) used by a presiding officer,judge or an auctioneer;

gawk

stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe

gazette

official periodical publication; newspaper, journal giving official information

genealogy

n. record of descent; lineage; ancestry; study of ancestry

generality

vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general;

generate

v. cause; produce; create

generic

relating to or common to or descriptive of all members of a genus

genesis

beginning; origin

geniality

n. cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy

genre

particular variety of art or literature

genteel

adj. marked by refinement in taste and manners, well-mannered; refined; polite

gentility

n. those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteel

gentry

people of standing(rank or position); people of good family or high social position; class of people just below nobility

genuflect

v. to bend the knee in a kneeling or half-kneeling position to express reverence or respect

germane

(adj.) relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting

germinal

adj. pertaining to a germ; creative, just growing; not developed; immature

germinate

(v) to begin to grow, come into being, sprout, develop

gerontocracy

n. government ruled by old people

gerrymander

an act of dividing a voting area so as to give your own party an unfair advantage

gestate

v. To conceive and develop in the mind or body, to transform and grow, like a baby inside the womb

gesticulation

act of making gestures, a particularly expressive gesture, a deliberate and vigorous gesture or motion

ghastly

(adj) frightful, horrible; deathly pale

gibberish

n. nonsense; unintelligible speech

gibe

v. To utter taunting words, mock, scorn, deride, jeer

giddy

(adj.) dizzy; light-headed; lacking seriousness

gingerly

(adj., adv.) with extreme care or caution

girth

the distance around something; circumference

gist

the central essential part, main point, or essence

glacial

like a glacier; extremely cold, hostile; unfriendly; icy

glaring

highly conspicuous; harshly bright

glaze

v. cover with a thin and shiny surface

glean

(v.) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers

glib

adj. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so

glimmer

v. shine erratically; twinkle

gloat

(v.) to look at or think about with great intensity and satisfactory ; to take great persona joy in, malicious satisfaction

gloss over

v. explain away with the intention of deceiving or hiding faults

glossary

n. brief explanation of words used in the text

glossy

adj. smooth and shining

glower

v. scowl; glare; look or stare angrily

glut

(v.) to provide more than is needed or wanted; to feed or fill to the point of overstuffing; (n.) an oversupply

glutinous

adj. sticky; viscous; gluey

glutton

A person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

gnarled

(adj.) knotted, twisted, lumpy

gnome

dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards

goad

(v.) to drive or urge on; (n.) something used to drive or urge on

gorge

v. overeat or eat immodestly; n. A deep, narrow passage with rocky sides, enclosed between mountains

gory

(adj.) marked by bloodshed, slaughter, or violence

gossamer

(adj.) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; (n.) a very thin, light cloth, a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

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