animal-biting fly, an irritating person
Like a gadfly, he irritated all the guests at the hotel; within forty eight hours, everyone regarded him as an annoying busybody.
According to Miss Manners, to call your husband by your lover's name is worse than a mere gaffe; it is a tactical mistake.
manner of walking or running; speed
The lame man walked with an uneven gait.
The knowledge of his failure filled him with gall.
Their taunts galled him.
large sailing ship
The Spaniards pinned their hopes on the galleon, the large warship; the British, on the smaller and faster pinnace.
stimulate by shock; stir up
The entire nation was galvanized into strong military activity by the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed
The player was afraid to accept his opponent's gambit because he feared a trap which as yet he could not see.
skip; leap playfully
Watching children gamboling in the park is a pleasant experience
in a spirited manner; with courage
Because he had fought gamely against a much superior boxer, the crowd gave him a standing ovation when he left the arena.
In this performance, the leading lady was able to demonstrate the complete gamut of her acting ability.
The huge pit gaped before him; if he stumbled, he would fall in.
mixed up; jumbled; distorted
A favorite party game involves passing a whispered message from one person to another; by the time it reaches the last player, the message has become totally garbled.
The gargantuan wrestler was terrified of mice.
waterspout carved in groteque figures on a building
The gargoyles adorning the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris are amusing in their grotesqueness.
She wore a garish rhinestone necklace.
gather; store up
She hoped to garner the world's literature in one library.
Parsley was used to garnish the boiled potato.
The man who married a dumb wife asked the doctor to make him deaf because of his wife's garrulity after her cure
excessively talkative, especially about unimportant subjects; loquacious; wordy
Many club members avoided the company of the garrulous junior executive because his contant chatter bored them to tears.
Such remarks are gauche and out of place; you should apologize for making them.
Her gaudy taste in clothes apalled us.
lean and angular; barren
His once-round face looked surprisingly gaunt after he had lost weight.
stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe
The country boy gawked at the skyscrapers and neon lights of the big city.
He read the gazettes regularly for announcement of his promotion.
record of descent; lineage
He was proud of his genealogy and constantly referred to the achievements of his ancestors.
cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy
This restaurant is famous and popular because of the geniality of the proprietor, who tries to make everyone happy.
We are looking for a man with a genteel apperance who can inspire confidence by his cultivated manner.
those of gentle birth; refinement
Her family was proud of its gentility and elegance.
people of standing; class of people just below nobility
The local gentry did not welcome the visits of the summer tourists and tried to ignore their presence in the community.
pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
The lawyer objected that the testimony being offered was not germane to the case at hand.
pertaining to a germ; creative
Such an idea is germinal; I am certain that it will influence thinkers and philosophers for many generations.
government ruled by old people
Gulliver visited a gerontocracy in which the young people acted as servants to their elders, all the while dreaming of the day they would be old enough to have servants of their own.
change in voting district lines in order to favor a political party
The illogical pattern of the map of this congressional district is proof that the state legislature gerrymandered this area in order to favor the majority party.
evolve, as in prenatal growth
While this scheme was being gestated by the conspirators, they maintained complete silence about their intentions.
Operatic performers are trained to make exaggerated gesticulations because of the large auditoriums in whic they appear.
The murdered man was a ghastly sight.
As you gibe at their superstitious beliefs, do you realize that you, too, are guilty of similarly foolish thoughts?
He felt his giddy youth was past.
To separate egg whites, first crack the egg gingerly.
distance around something; circunference
It took an extra-large cummerbund to fit around Andrew Carnegie's considerable girth.
highly conspicuous; harshly bright
glaring spelling or grammatical errors in your resume will unfavorably impress potential employers.
cover with a thin and shiny surface
The freezing rain glazed the streets and made driving hazardous.
After the crops had been harvested by the machines, the peasants were permitted to glean the wheat left in the fields.
He is a glib and articulate speaker.
express evil satisfaction; view malevolently
As you gloat over your ill-gotten wealth, do you think of the many victims you have defrauded?
No matter how hard he tried to talk around the issue, President Bush could not gloss over the fact that he had raised the taxes after all.
The angry boy glowered at his father.
overstock; fill to excess
The many manufacturers glutted the market and could not find purchasers for the many articles they had produced.
Molasses is a glutinous substance.
The gnarled oak tree had been a landmark for years and was mentioned in several deeds.
dwarf; underground spirit
In medieval mythology, gnomes were the special guardians and inhabitants of subterranean mines.
He was goaded by his friends until he yielded to their wishes.
narrow canyon; steep, rocky cleft
Terrified of heights, George could not bring himself to peer down into the gorge to see the rapids below.
The gluttonous guest gorged himself with food as though he had not eaten for days.
The audience shuddered as they listened to the details of the gory massacre.
sheer; like cobwebs
Nylon can be woven into gossaner or thick fabrics.
In that fight, all the rules were forgotten; the adversaries bit, kicked, and tried to gouge each other's eyes out.
epicure; person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
goumands lack self-restraint; if they enjoy a particular cuisine, they eat far too much of it.
arraged by degree (of height, difficulty, etc.)
Margaret loved her graduated set of Russian hollow wooden dolls; she spent hours happily putting the smaller dolls into their larger counterparts.
pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
The politician could bever speak simply; she was always grandiloquent.
wrestle; come to grips with
He grappled with the burglar and overpowered him.
make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred
The screams of the quarreling children grated on her nerves.
We could tell we were in serious trouble from the gravity of her expression.
cause of complaint
When her supervisor ignored her complaint, she took her grievance to the union.
In violation of the Miranda law, the police grilled the suspect for several hours before reading him his rights.
a facial distortion to show feeling such as pain, disgust, etc.
Even though he remained silent, his grimace indicated his displeasure.
fantastic; comically hideous
On Halloween people enjoy wearing groteque costumes.
The Blue Grotto in Capri can be entered only by small boats rowed by natives through a natural opening in the rocks.
Students traditionally grouse about the abysmal quality of "mystery meat" and similar dornitory food.
crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate
Even though we have been defeated, we do not have to grovel before our conquerors.
thin, liquid porridge
Our daily allotment of gruel made the meal not only monotonous but also unpalatable.
Although he was blunt and gruff with most people, he was always gentle with children.
The loud guffaws that came from the closed room indicated that the members of the committe had not yet settled down to a serious business.
She achieved her high position by guile and treachery.
He is naive, simple, and guileless; he cannot be guilty of fraud.
In the guise of a plumber, the detective investigated the murder case.
He accepted the assignment with such gusto that I feel he would have been satisfied with a smaller salary.