The Phrontistery



Word Definition
gabardineclosely woven cotton or wool twill
gabbleto chatter or talk inarticulately
gabbrogranular igneous rock
gabellea salt tax
gabionwicker or wire basket of earth or rock
gablockspur attached to the heel of a fighting cock
gadto wander about idly or in pursuit of pleasure
gadareneheadlong; precipitate
gadoidof, resembling or pertaining to the cod
gadroonembossed decoration or fluting on silverware
gadzookerythe use of archaisms in literature
gadzooksmild oath
gaffspar on which head of fore-and-aft sail is extended
gaff-topsailtriangular topsail with its foot extended upon the gaff
gagetoken of defiance or challenge; thing deposited as pledge of performance
gaitaSpanish bagpipes
galunit of acceleration of one centimeter per second per second
galabiyanorth African smock-like garment
galacticof, like or pertaining to or obtained from milk
galactoidlike or resembling milk; milky
galactometerinstrument for measuring specific gravity of milk
galactophagistmilk drinker
galactophorousbearing or carrying milk
galagowoolly long-tailed nocturnal lemur (bush baby)
galahblue-gray Australian cockatoo
galantyshadow play
galateastriped cotton
galbanumnonsense; a kind of gum resin
galeanthropybelief that one is a cat
galeatedshaped like a helmet
galeiformshaped like a helmet
galèregroup of undesirable people; unpleasant situation
galericulatetopped by a hat-like covering
galileeporch in front of church
galimatiasnonsense; confused mixture of unrelated things
galletto fill in mortar joints with small pebbles
galliardbrisk; gallant; lively
galliardsprightly Renaissance and Baroque dance
gallicidekiller of fowl
gallimaufrya mixture of different things; hodge-podge
gallinaceousof or resembling pheasants and other domestic birds
gallionicuncaring; indifferent
galliotsmall galley
gallipotsmall medicine jar
gallizeto bring wine to standard proportions
gallomaniacraze or obsession with France and the French
galloonlace trim or binding material
Gallophileone who loves France or the French
gallophobiafear of France or the French
galoplively double-time dance
galvanometerinstrument for measuring electrical current
galvanoscopeinstrument for detecting presence and direction of electric current
gambadobound or spring of a horse; fantastic movement
gambesonancient leather or quilted coat worn as armour
gambrelcrooked stick used by butchers for hanging carcasses
gambrelhorse's hock
gambrelroof having a pentagonal gable
gambroontwilled worsted and cloth
gametogenesisformation of gametes
gamicsexual; sexually produced
gamidolatryworship of marriage
gaminstreet urchin; precocious imp
gaminesqueplayful; impish; boyish
gammaunit of magnetic flux density equal to one nanotesla
gammadionfigure comprised of capital gammas; swastika
gammicisminability or hardship in pronouncing letters 'g' and 'k'
gammonto feign an action; perpetrate a hoax on; nonsense, rubbish
gamogenesissexual reproduction
gamomaniaobsession with issuing odd marriage proposals
gamophagiadestruction of one gamete by another
gamophobiafear of marriage
gangueworthless rock in which valuable metals occur
gangwayeither of the sides of the upper deck of a ship
ganisterflint-like rock used to surface roads
gannetlarge white Atlantic seabird
ganoidhaving shiny smooth scales
ganosisreduction in shininess of marble
gantlinerope used in single-block hoist
gantryshelving for barrels; shelf where drinks are displayed
gaposisgap in a row of buttons or snaps
garmild oath
garboardplank on a ship's bottom next to the keel
garbologystudy of garbage
garçonnierebachelor apartment
garde-brasarmour connecting the gauntlet to the elbow-plates
gardevisurevisor of a helmet
gardyloowarning cry
gargarizeto gargle
garnergranary; store of anything
garnetiferousbearing garnets
garretroom just under the roof of a house; attic
gasconadeto brag or boast
gasiformof the form or shape of gas
gasometerinstrument for holding and measuring gases
gastroenterologystudy of stomach; intestines
gastrolatrygluttony; excessive love of food
gastrolithstone ingested by an animal to aid in digestion
gastrologygood eating; cookery
gastromancydivination by sounds from the belly
gastronomystudy of fine dining
gastrophilanthropistone who seeks to satisfy the appetites of others
gastropodmollusks including snails; slugs; whelks
gastroscopeinstrument for examining interior of the stomach
gastrosophera person skilled in matters of eating
gatopening or strait between two sandbanks
gatefoldoversized page in a book
gaucherieawkward or socially unacceptable remark
gaudtrick or practical joke
gaudiloquentspeaking joyfully or on joyful matters
gaufferto make pleats or ripples in material
gauleiteroverbearing wielder of petty authority
gaultheavy clay used for bricks
gaumlessstupid; witless; vacant
gauntletarmoured glove
gaurwild ox
gaussunit of magnetic flux density equal to 1/10000 tesla
gavageforce-feeding of poultry
gavelkindland inheritance by all sons in equal portion
gavottemoderate tempo French peasant dance
gawdelpushelpless person
gayaldomesticated ox with tufted tail, native to south Asia
gazarsilk organza fabric
gealof, like or pertaining or pertaining to the earth
gegenscheinglow of zodiacal light seen opposite the sun
geistspirit; intellectual inclination
geitonogamypollination of a flower by another flower on the same plant
geladalong-haired Ethiopian baboon
gelasindimple in the cheek that appears when one smiles
gelasticof, like or pertaining to or provoking laughter
gelationsolidification by cooling
gelidextremely cold
gelogenictending to produce laughter
geloscopyfortune-telling by means of laughter
gemeltwinned; occurring in pairs
gemelliparoushaving given birth to twins
gementgroaning, lamenting
geminateto double; to arrange in pairs
geminationdoubling of a consonant sound; in rhetoric, repetition of a word or phrase
geminiformpaired; double
gemmabud from which a new plant can grow
gemmateto deck with gems
gemmeousof, like or pertaining to gems; like a gem
gemmiferousbearing gems
gemmologystudy of gems and jewels
gemsboklarge South African antelope
genappesmooth worsted yarn
genarchhead of a family or clan
generalatethe office of a general
genesicof, like or pertaining to procreation or the genitals
genesiologystudy of reproduction and heredity
genetspotted long-tailed carnivorous mammal like the civet
genethliaconbirthday ode
genethlialogythe art of casting horoscopes
genetrixmother; female ancestor
geniculatebent like a knee; jointed
geniophobiafear of chins
genitiveindicating possession, origin or relation
genoalarge jib that overlaps the mainsail
genophobiafear of sex
genouillèrejointed knee-piece of armour
gentilitianbelonging to a race or clan
gentrificationmovement of middle class to working class area
geocarpythe production or ripening of fruit underground
geocentrismbelief that Earth is the centre of the universe
geochemistrystudy of chemistry of the earth's crust
geochronologystudy of measuring geological time
geocyclicof, like or pertaining to the rotation and revolution of the Earth
geodesyearth measurement on a large scale
geofactrock chipped naturally that looks like an artifact
geogenousgrowing on the ground
geogenyscience of the formation of the earth's crust
geognosyknowledge of the general structure of the earth
geogonystudy of formation of the earth
geoidfigure of the earth
geologystudy of earth's crust
geomancydivination by casting earth onto a surface
geomorphogenystudy of the origins of land forms
geophagypractice of feeding on soil; dirt-eating
geophilousliving in or near the ground
geophonedevice for detecting sound waves underground
geophyteplant that grows in the earth
geoponicsstudy of agriculture
georgettethin silk
georgicof, like or pertaining to agricultural or rustic affairs; rural; agrarian
geoscopyexamination or analysis of soil
geoselenicof, like or pertaining to both the Earth and the moon
geostrophicof, like or pertaining to deflection due to effects of Earth's rotation
geotaxisresponse of an organism to gravity
geotechnicsstudy of increasing habitability of the earth
geothermometerinstrument for measuring subterranean temperatures
gerascophobiafear of growing old
geratologystudy of decadence and decay
gerdoyingimitation sound of a crash
gerendumsomething that is to be done
gerentone that rules or manages
gerenuklong-necked antelope with large eyes
germanof one's parents' siblings
Germanophilialove or fondness for Germany or the Germans
germicidesubstance that kills germs
gerocomystudy of old age
geromorphismappearing to be older than one's actual age
gerontocracygovernment by the aged
gerontogenousof, like or pertaining to the Old World
gerontologystudy of the elderly; aging
gerontophiliasexual attraction towards the elderly
gerrymanderto divide electoral districts for one's own political gain
gessoplaster of Paris used in painting
gestatorialof, like or pertaining to carrying
gesticof, like or pertaining to gestures
getawooden-soled Japanese shoe
gewgawtoy; trifling object; bauble
ghariallarge Indian crocodile with long snout
gharrybox-like Middle Eastern horse-drawn cab
ghawaziEgyptian dancing girls
giaourone who does not follow the Islamic faith; unbeliever
gibwedge-shaped piece of metal that holds another in place
gibboushump-backed; humped; swollen
gibushat worn to the opera
gidbrain disease suffered by sheep
giglight two-wheeled one-horse carriage
giganticidekilling of a giant
gigantologystudy of giants
gigantomachywar of giants against the gods
gigotleg of mutton
giguelively Baroque dance in triple time
gilbertunit of magnetomotive force
gilderoyproud person
gimbalsarrangement of rings allowing free motion of supported object
gimcracktrick; trivial mechanism
gimmalring that can be divided into two or three rings
ginghamstriped cotton cloth
ginglymusjoint that permits movement in one plane only
ginnelnarrow alley between high buildings
ginneryplace where cotton is ginned
girandolebranched chandelier or similar structure
girasolfire-opal that glows like fire in certain light
glabroushairless; smooth
glaciologystudy of ice ages and glaciation
glacisa gentle slope in fortification
gladiateshaped like a sword
glairegg white used as medium for binding paint
glaireousslimy; viscous
glandiferousbearing acorns or nuts
glandiformgland-shaped; acorn-shaped
glanduliferousbearing glands
glareousgravelly; growing on gravel
glaucoussea-green; greyish-blue
glebechurch land granted to clergyman
glebesod; the soil
glebousearthy; full of clods
gleedhot coal; burning ember
gleeka trick or joke
gleetmucus discharge from the urethra
glenoidslightly cupped; socket-shaped
gliriformresembling a rodent
glirinerodent-like; of, like or pertaining to rodents
glissademoving on snow without skis
gloamingperiod between sunset and full night; dusk
globuliferousbearing globules
glochidiatebristled; barbed
glockenspielsmall bells or bars struck by hammer or keyed levers
glomeratepacked or bunched together
glossathe tongue
glossographerwriter of short explanatory notes or glosses
glossographywriting of glossaries; written description of a language
glossoidlike a tongue
glossologystudy of language; study of the tongue
glossophagineeating using the tongue
glottogonicof, like or pertaining to the origins of language
glozingflattery; deceit
gluconeogenesisproduction of glucose from non-carbohydrates
glumiferousbearing glumes
glutinousgluey; sticky
glycogenesisproduction of glycogen
glypticof, like or pertaining to carving or gem-engraving
glyptographythe art of engraving on gems
glyptologystudy of gem engravings
gnathalof, like or pertaining to the jaws
gnathiontip of the chin
gnomeshort pithy saying or proverb
gnomicsignifying general truth; pertaining to aphorisms or proverbs
gnomologycollection of aphorisms, proverbs and short poems
gnomonupright rod of a sundial
gnomonicsthe art of measuring time using sundials
gnosiologystudy of knowledge; philosophy of knowledge
gnosisknowledge; especially spiritual
gnosticismbelief that freedom derives solely from knowledge
gnotobiologystudy of life in germ-free conditions
goaTibetan gazelle with backward-curving horns
goannalarge Australian lizard
goatishlustful; foolish
gobemouchegullible person
godettriangular piece of cloth inserted in a skirt
goeticof, like or pertaining to black magic
goitrousaffected by or pertaining to goitre
goldenroddark golden yellow
goliardwandering student
goliardyriotous or lustful behaviour
goluptiousdelightful; luscious
gomphiasislooseness of the teeth
gomphosisgrowth of teeth into the bone cavity
gonalgiaknee pain
gonfalonensign with streamers hung from a horizontal bar
goniometerinstrument for measuring angles between faces
gonophpickpocket; thief
gorahbow-and-string instrument of Khoekhoe people
goralsmall horned antelope living in mountainous regions of south Asia
gorgetpiece of armour for the throat
gorgoneionrepresentation of the gorgon's head
gorgonizeto turn into stone; to paralyze with one's gaze
gormlessdull or unintelligent
gorseddassembly for granting awards to Welsh bards
gouacheopaque watercolour paint
gowka cuckoo; a fool
grabblesearch with the hand; grope
grabena rift valley
gradatimstep by step
gradgrindone who regulates things by means of statistics
gradina rising tier of seats in a theatre
gradiometerinstrument for measuring gradient of a physical quantity
gradualpart of mass between epistle and gospel
gradualismbelief that things proceed by degrees
Graecomaniaobsession with Greece and the Greeks
grafologydivination by studying writing
grainunit of weight equal to 1/7000 of a pound
graippitchfork; dungfork
grallatoryof, like or pertaining to wading birds
gramarymagic; enchantment
gramercyexpression of gratitude or surprise
gramineousof, like or pertaining to grass; grassy
graminivorousfeeding on grass or cereals
graminologystudy of grasses
grammalogueword represented by a single sign; logogram
grammaticastera piddling grammarian
grammatolatryworship of letters and words
grammatologystudy of systems of writing
grampusblunt-nosed dolphin
grandevalof great age; ancient
grandguardarmour for left side of body to protect from lance strike while jousting
grandinousfull of hail; consisting of hail
grangerizeto cut plates out of many books to illustrate one
granivorousfeeding on seeds
granuliferousbearing granules
graphemea letter of the alphabet
graphemicsstudy of systems of representing speech in writing
graphiureAfrican rodent with pencil-thin tail
grapholagniaobsession with obscene pictures
graphologystudy of handwriting
graphomaniaobsession with writing
graphophobiafear of writing
graphospasmwriter's cramp
grapnelsmall anchor used for dragging or grappling
graptomancydivination by studying handwriting
grassingbleaching by exposure on grass
graticulationdivision of design into squares when scaling
gratiswithout charge; for free
grattoirscraper made of flint
grauncherclumsy and incompetent mechanic
graupelfrozen rain or snowflakes
gravamengrievance; grounds of legal complaint
graveolentrank-smelling; fetid
graviloquencegrave speech
gravimeterinstrument for measuring variations in gravitational fields
gravimetricalof, like or pertaining to measuring by weight
grayunit of absorbed dose of ionizing radiation equal to 100 rads
graylingsilver-grey freshwater fish
greavearmour for the shin
greavestallow waste
grebediving bird resembling the loon
gregalof, like or pertaining to a flock
gregatimin flocks
greigeof a grey-beige colour
gremialintimate; pertaining to the lap or bosom
grenadinethin silk
gressorialadapted for walking
gricertrain-spotter or railway enthusiast
griffadesudden seizure with the claws
grillageframework of timber
grillebars of the visor of a helmet
grilsesalmon first returning to the river from the sea
grimgribberlearned gibberish; legal jargon
grimoiremagician's book for summoning spirits
grinagogone who is constantly grinning
gripulousgrasping; greedy
grisaillestyle of painting in grey tints
griseouspearl-grey or blue-grey; grizzled
grisonweasel-like tropical American gray and black carnivore
grithsanctuary; asylum
grithbreachbreach of the peace
grivetwhite and olive tufted African monkey
grobianismslovenly boorishness
groggerylow public-house
grognardold or veteran soldier
grogramcoarse loosely woven silk fabric
gromaticof, like or pertaining to surveys or surveying
gromaticsscience of surveying
grosgrainheavy close-woven corded silk
groughdeep gully in peat moor area
groundagea charge on a ship in port
groundlingperson of inferior taste; commoner
groundproxaltitude warning system in aircraft
groundsellowest timber of a structure
groupusculesmall clique or faction
groutto root or grub with the snout
growlerya retreat for times of ill humour
groynewooden breakwater
grufteddirty; begrimed
gruineof, like or pertaining to cranes or similar birds
grummorose; surly
grumousclotted; lumpy
grysboksmall speckled south African antelope
guaniferousbearing dung
guardantof a heraldic animal turned to side with head facing the viewer
guarishto heal
guayaberalightweight short-sleeved loose-fitting shirt
gudgeona person easily cheated
gudgeonmetal socket into which the pintle of a boat's rudder fits
guetwo-stringed violin from the Shetland Islands
guenonsmall, slender bearded African monkey
guerdonreward; recompense
guerezablack and white Ethiopian tufted monkey
guéridonsmall ornate table or stand
guéritechair with raised back forming a hood
guffnonsense; empty talk
guichetticket window or similar small opening
guidonpennant with rounded outer edge
guignolsomething intended to horrify people
guillemetangled quotation marks used in French and some other foreign texts
guillemotnarrow-billed Atlantic auk
guillocheto decorate with intersecting curved lines
guimpewide cloth covering neck and shoulders worn by nuns
guipurelace having no ground or mesh
guiroserrated gourd scraped with stick to produce music
gulesheraldic name for the colour red
gulixkind of fine linen
gulleryplace where gulls breed
gulositygluttony; greed
gulpincredulous person; simpleton
gummiferousbearing gum
gumnivorousfeeding on tree saps
gunarchygovernment by women; gynarchy
gundidesert-dwelling small rodent of northern Africa with bristles on feet
gunnagenumber of guns carried on a warship
gunwaleupper edge of the side of a ship
gurgitateto bubble; to boil
gurletpickaxe with one pointed and one bladed end
gusliRussian zither
guttatespotted; having drops or droplike markings
guttatimdrop by drop
guttationrelease of drops of moisture
guttiferousexuding drops
guttiformshaped like a drop
gutturotetanyspasm in the throat causing stutter
guyotflat-topped underwater mountain
gybeto swing a sail from one side to another
gylefermenting vat for beer
gymnasiarchthe head of a gymnasium
gymnasiarchygovernment over a school or academy
gymnasiasta pupil in a gymnasium
gymnobiblismbelief that the Bible can be presented to unlearned without commentary
gymnophobiafear of nudity
gymnosophydeep contemplation performed while naked
gymnurehairy hedgehog
gynaecidekilling of women
gynaecocracygovernment by women; gynarchy
gynaecologystudy of women's physiology
gynaecomaniaabnormal sexual obsession with women
gynandroidhermaphroditic; being of or resembling both sexes
gynarchygovernment by women
gynicsknowledge of women
gyniolatrydeep respect or devotion for women
gynocentricfocused on or concerned with women
gynocracygovernment by women; gynarchy
gynotikolobomassophileone who nibbles on women's earlobes
gypsiferousbearing gypsum
gypsographyart of engraving on gypsum
gyrographinstrument for counting a wheel's revolutions
gyroidalspiral; rotatory
gyromancydivination by falling from dizziness
gyrontriangular heraldic charge
gyrosehaving a folded surface; marked with wavy lines
gyrostaticsthe study of rotating bodies
gyrovaguemonk who travels from place to place
gyrusconvoluted ridge between two grooves
gyveto fetter; to shackle

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