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Glossary of GRE FLASHCARDS (G)

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gadfly
animal-biting fly; irritating person
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 (laughter, tears, etc.)
gall
annoy; chafe
galleon
large sailing ship
galvanize
stimulate by shock; stir up; revitalize
gambit
opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed
gambol
romp; skip about; leap playfully
gamely
in a spirited manner; with courage
gape
open widely
garbled
mixed up; jumbled; distorted
garish
overbright in color; gaudy
garnish
decorate
garrulous
* loquacious; wordy; talkative
gastronomy
science of preparing and serving food
gauche
clumsy; coarse and uncouth
gaunt
lean and angular; barren
generic
characteristic of an entire class or species
geniality
cheerfulness; kindliness; sympathy
gentility
those of gentle birth; refinement
gentry
people of standing; class of people just below nobility
germane
pertinent; bearing upon the case at hand
germinal
pertaining to a germ; creative
germinate
cause to sprout; sprout
gerontocracy
government ruled by old people
gerrymander
change voting district lines in order to favor a political party
gestate
evolve, as in prenatal growth
gibe
mock
giddy
light-hearted; dizzy
glacial
like a glacier; extemely cold
glaring
highly conspicuous; harshly bright
glean
gather leavings
glib
fluent; facile; slick
gloat
express evil satisfaction; view malevolently
gloss over
explain away
glower
scowl
glut
overstock; fill to excess
glutinous
sticky; viscous
gnarled
twisted
goad
* urge on
gorge
(second meaning) stuff oneself
gossamer
sheer; like cobwebs
gouge
* overcharge
gourmand
epicure; person who taken excessive pleasure in food and drink
graduated
arranged by degrees (of height, difficulty, etc.)
granary
storehouse for grain
grandiloquent
* pompous; bombastic; using high-sounding language
graphic
pertaining to the art of delineating; vividly described
grate
make a harsh noise; have an unpleasant effect; shred
gratuitous
given freely; unwarranted; uncalled for
gratuity
tip
gregarious
* sociable
grisly
ghastly
grotesque
fantastic; comically hideous
grouse
complain; fuss
grovel
crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate
grudging
unwilling; reluctant; stingy
guffaw
boisterous laughter
guile
deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning
guileless
* without deceit
guise
appearance; costume
gull
trick; hoodwink
gullible
* easily deceived
gusto
enjoyment; enthusiasm
guy
cable or chain attached to something that needs to be braced or steadied
gyroscope
apparatus used to maintain balance, ascertain direction, etc.

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