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gainsay

deny

gait

manner of walking or running; speed

galaxy

large isolated system of stars, such as the Milky Way; collection of brilliant personalities

gale

windstorm; gust of wind; emotional outburst (laughters, tears); Ex. gale of laughter

gall

annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation

galleon

large three-masted sailing ship

galley

low ship with sails (rowed along by slaves)

gallows

framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)

galvanic

of the production of electricity by the action of an acid on a metal; having the effect of an electric shock; Ex. galvanic cell; galvanic effect; CF. Luigi Galvani

galvanize

stimulate or shock by an electric current; stimulate by shock; shock into action; stir up; coat with rust-resistant zinc by using electricity

gambit

opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed; action made to produce a future advantage

gambol

romp; skip about; leap about playfully; frolic; N.

gamely

in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight gamely against a superior boxer; ADJ. game

gamut

entire range

gangrene

decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually following injury); ADJ. gangrenous

gape

open widely; open the mouth wide; stare wonderingly with the mouth open; CF. agape

garbled

mixed up; jumbled; distorted; V. garble: mix up or distort (a message) to such an extent as to make misleading or unintelligible

gargantuan

huge; enormous; gigantic; CF. the hero of Gargantua and Pantagruel

gargoyle

waterspout carved in grotesque figures on a building

garish

overbright in color; unpleasantly bright; gaudy

garner

gather; store up; amass

garnish

decorate; add a garnish to; decorate (food or drink) with small items such as lemon slices; N.

garrulous

loquacious; wordy; talkative; N. garrulity

gastronomy

art and science of preparing and serving good food; CF. gastronome

gauche

clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth

gaudy

flashy; showy

gaunt

lean and angular; thin and bony; emaciated; barren

gavel

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

gawk

stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe

gazette

official periodical publication; newspaper

genealogy

record of descent; lineage; ancestry; study of ancestry

generality

vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of people

generate

cause; produce; create

generic

characteristic of an entire class or species; of a genus

genesis

beginning; origin

geniality

cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy; ADJ. genial: cheerful and good-tempered

genre

particular variety of art or literature

genteel

well-bred; elegant; striving to convey an appearance of refinement; Ex. genteel poverty

gentility

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

gentle

kindly; soft; mild; of good family

gentry

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

genuflect

bend the knee as in worship

genus

division of animals or plants, below a family and above a species

geriatrics

medical treatment and care of old age

germ

earliest form of an organism; seed or bud; something that may develop into something larger or more important; microbe

germane

pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand; appropriate

germinal

pertaining to a germ; creative; Ex. germinal idea

germinate

cause to sprout; sprout

gerontocracy

government ruled by old people

gerontology

study of the sociological phenomena associated with old age

gerrymander

change voting district lines in order to favor a political party; N. CF. Elbridge Gerry + (sala)mander

gestate

evolve as in prenatal growth; N. gestation: period of development from conception until birth

gesticulation

motion; gesture; V. gesticulate: make gestures (while speaking)

ghastly

horrible; terrifying; resembling ghosts; CF. aghast

gibberish

nonsense; nonsensical or unintelligible talk or writing; babbling

gibe

mock; make jeering remarks; N: jeering remarks

giddy

light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth; Ex. giddy climb/height

gild

cover with a thin layer of gold

gingerly

very carefully; ADJ.

girth

distance around something; circumference

gist

essence; main point; substance

glacial

like a glacier; of an ice age; extremely cold; Ex. glacial epoch; CF. iceberg

glamor

compelling charm; ADJ. glamorous

glare

shine intensely and blindingly; stare fixedly and angrily; N.

glaring

(of something bad) highly conspicuous; harshly bright; shining intensely and blindingly

glaze

cover with a thin and shiny surface; apply a glaze to; N: thin, smooth, shiny coating (as for pottery); Ex. unglazed pottery

gleam

brief flash of light; glow; V.

glean

gather leavings; gather grain left behind by reapers; gather bit by bit (facts or information) often with difficulty

glib

fluent (with insincerity or superficiality); facile; slick

glimmer

shine erratically; twinkle; N: dim or unsteady light; faint indication; Ex. glimmer of hope

glitter

shine brightly with flashing points of light; Ex. glittering diamond ring; N: sparkling light; attractiveness; glamor; Ex. glitter of the sun on the waves

gloat

express evil satisfaction; look at or think about with evil satisfaction; view malevolently; Ex. The thief gloated over the stolen jewels.

gloss

brief explanation note or translation of a difficult expression; V.

gloss_over

explain away with the intention of deceiving or hiding faults

glossary

brief explanation of words used in the text

glossy

smooth and shining; N. gloss: shiny brightness on a surface; superficially attractive appearance; Ex. gloss of good manners

glow

shine brightly without a flame (as of eyes or metals); show redness and heat (in the face) after hard work or because of strong feelings; N: light produced by a heated body; brilliance of a color

glower

scowl; glare; look or stare angrily

glut

overstock; fill beyond capacity (with food); fill to excess; N: oversupply

glutinous

sticky; viscous; gluey

glutton

someone who eats too much; ADJ. gluttonous: given to gluttony; greedy; CF. gluttony: habit of eating too much

gnarl

protruding knot on a tree; V.

gnarled

twisted

gnome

dwarf; underground spirit who guards treasure hoards

goad

urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continued annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continually

gobble

eat very quickly

gorge

stuff oneself (with food); glut; CF. gorgeous: dazzlingly beautiful

gory

bloody; N. gore: blood (from a wound)

gossamer

sheer; very light; like cobwebs; N: soft and sheer fabric; cobweb

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