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English 12 Vocab List 12
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•be or become wide open
"A large duffle bag gaped open by her feet"
•stare with one's mouth open wide in amazement or wonder
"They gaped at her as if she were an alien"
•obtrusively bright and showy; lurid
"Garish shirts in all sorts of colors"
•decorate or embellish (something, especially food)
"Salad garnished with an orange slice"
•serve with garnishment; seize (money, especially part of a person's salary) to settle a debt or claim
"The IRS garnished his earnings"
•extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless
"Silver bows and gaudy ribbons"
•(of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age
•(of a building or place) grim and desolate in appearance
•social superiority as demonstrated by genteel manners, behavior, or appearances
"Her grandmother's pretensions to gentility"
•people of good social position, specifically (in the UK) the class of people next below the nobility in position and birth
"A member of the landed gentry"
•(with adjective) US people of a specified class or group
"A New Orleans family of Creole gentry"
•causing great horror or fear; frightful or macabre
"She was overcome with horror at the ghastly spectacle"
"He always felt ghastly first thing in the morning"
•deathly white or pallid
•very objectionable, bad, or unpleasant
"We had to wear ghastly old-fashioned dresses"
•an insulting or mocking remark; a taunt
"A vibe at his old rivals"
•make insulting or mocking remarks; jeer
"Some cynics in the media might gibe"
•in a careful or cautious manner
"Jackson sat down very gingerly"
•showing great care or caution
"With strangers the preliminaries are taken at a gingerly pace"
•the measurement around the middle of something, especially a person's waist
•a band attached to a saddle, used to secure it in a horse by being fastened around its belly
•(of words or the person speaking them) fluent and voluble but insincere and shallow
"She was careful not to let the answer sound too glib"
•shine faintly with wavering light
"The moonlight glimmered on the lawn"
•a faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one
"There is one glimmer of hope for Becky"
•an excessively abundant supply of something
"There is a glut of cars on the market"
•supply or fill to excess
"The factories for recycling paper are glutted"
•an excessively greedy eater
•a person who is excess fond or always eager for something
"A glutton for adventure"
•another term for wolverine, especially the European species
•knobby, rough, and twisted, especially with age
"The gnarled old oak tree"
•provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate action or reaction
"He goaded her on to more daring revelations"
•drive or urge (an animal) on with a goad
•a marrow valley between hills or mountain pa, typically with steep rocky walls and a stream running through it
•the contents of the stomach
•the neck of a bastion or outwork; the rear entrance to a fortification
•a mass of ice obstructing a narrow passage, especially a river
•eat a large amount
•involving or showing violence and bloodshed
"A gory horror film"
•covered in blood
•a shoot or twig inserted into a slit on the trunk or stem of a living plant, from which it receives sap
•an instance of grafting a shoot or twig
•a piece of living tissue that is transplanted surgically
•a surgical operation in which tissue is transplanted
•insert (a shoot or twig) as a graft
"It was common to graft different varieties onto a single tree trunk"
•reduce (something, especially food) to small shreds by rubbing it on a grater
•make an unpleasant rasping sound
"The hinges of the door grated"
•have an irritating effect
"He had a juvenile streak that grated on her nerves"
•give (someone) pleasure or satisfaction
"I was gratified to see the coverage in May's issue"
•indulge or satisfy (a desire)
"Not all the sexual impulses can be gratified"
•the force that attracted a body toward the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass. For most purposes Newton's laws of gravity apply, with minor modifications to take the general theory of relativity into account
•extreme or alarming importance; seriousness
"Crimes of the utmost gravity"
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