English dictionary


gab |ɡæb| — light informal conversation for social occasions

gabardine |ˈɡæbərˌdin| — a firm durable fabric with a twill weave

gabble |ˈɡæbl| — rapid and indistinct speech

gabby |ˈɡæbi| — full of trivial conversation

gaberdine |ˌɡæbəˈdiːn| — a loose coverall (coat or frock) reaching down to the ankles

gable |ˈɡeɪbl| — the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof

gabled |ˈɡeɪbəld| — (of a roof) constructed with a single slope on each side of the ridge supported at the end by a gable or vertical triangular portion of an end wall

gad |ɡæd| — an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months

gadabout |ˈɡædəbaʊt| — a restless seeker after amusement or social companionship

gadfly |ˈɡædflaɪ| — a persistently annoying person

gadget |ˈɡædʒɪt| — a device or control that is very useful for a particular job

gadoid |ˈɡeɪdɔɪd| — a soft-finned fish of the family Gadidae

gadolinium |ˌɡædəˈlɪniəm| — a ductile silvery-white ductile ferromagnetic trivalent metallic element of the rare earth group

Gael |ˈɡeɪl| — a Gaelic-speaking Celt in Ireland or Scotland or the Isle of Man

Gaelic |ˈɡælɪk| — any of several related languages of the Celts in Ireland and Scotland

gaff |ɡæf| — a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock

gaffe |ɡæf| — a socially awkward or tactless act

gaffer |ˈɡæfər| — an elderly man

gag |ɡæɡ| — a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter

gaga |ˈɡɑːɡɑː| — mentally or physically infirm with age

gage |ɡeɪdʒ| — street names for marijuana

gaggle |ˈɡæɡl| — a flock of geese

gagman |ˈɡaɡman| — a comedian who uses gags

gaiety |ˈɡeɪəti| — a gay feeling

gaily |ˈɡeɪli| — in a gay manner

gain |ɡeɪn| — a quantity that is added

gainful |ˈɡeɪnfl| — yielding a fair profit

gainsay |ˌɡeɪnˈseɪ| — take exception to

gait |ɡeɪt| — the rate of moving (especially walking or running)

gaiter |ˈɡeɪtər| — a cloth covering (a legging) that covers the instep and ankles

gal |ɡæl| — United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters

gala |ˈɡeɪlə| — a gay festivity

galactic |ɡəˈlæktɪk| — inconceivably large

galantine |ˈɡæləntiːn| — boned poultry stuffed then cooked and covered with aspic; served cold

galaxy |ˈɡæləksi| — a splendid assemblage (especially of famous people)

gale |ɡeɪl| — a strong wind moving 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 on Beaufort scale

galena |ɡəˈliːnə| — soft blue-grey mineral; lead sulfide; a major source of lead

Galilean |ˌɡælɪliːən| — an inhabitant of Galilee (an epithet of Jesus Christ)

gall |ɡɔːl| — an open sore on the back of a horse caused by ill-fitting or badly adjusted saddle

gallant |ˈɡælənt| — a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

gallantly |ˈɡæləntli| — in a gallant manner

gallantry |ˈɡæləntri| — the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

gallbladder |ˈɡɒlˌblædər| — a muscular sac attached to the liver that stores bile (secreted by the liver) until it is needed for digestion

galleon |ˈɡæliən| — a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries

gallery |ˈɡæləri| — spectators at a golf or tennis match

galley |ˈɡæli| — a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading

gallic |ˈɡælɪk| — of or pertaining to Gaul or the Gauls

gallicism |ˈɡælɪsɪzəm| — a word or phrase borrowed from French

gallimaufry |ɡælʌˈmɔːfriː| — a motley assortment of things

gallinaceous |ˌɡælʌˈneɪʃəs| — of or relating to or resembling a gallinacean

gallinule |ˈɡalɪnjuːl| — any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens

gallium |ˈɡæliəm| — a rare silvery (usually trivalent) metallic element; brittle at low temperatures but liquid above room temperature; occurs in trace amounts in bauxite and zinc ores

gallivant |ˈɡælɪvænt| — wander aimlessly in search of pleasure

gallon |ˈɡælən| — United States liquid unit equal to 4 quarts or 3.785 liters

gallop |ˈɡæləp| — a fast gait of a horse; a two-beat stride during which all four legs are off the ground simultaneously

galloway |ˈɡæloˌwe| — a district in southwestern Scotland

gallows |ˈɡæloʊz| — an instrument of execution consisting of a wooden frame from which a condemned person is executed by hanging

gallows-tree |triː| — alternative terms for gallows

gallstone |ˈɡɔːlstoʊn| — a calculus formed in the gall bladder or its ducts

galoot |ɡəˈluːt| — a disreputable or clumsy man

galore |ɡəˈlɔːr| — in great numbers

galosh |ɡəˈlɑːʃ| — a waterproof overshoe that protects shoes from water or snow

galumph |ɡəˈlʌmf| — move around heavily and clumsily

galvanic |ɡælˈvænɪk| — affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling

galvanism |ˈɡalvəˌnizəm| — electricity produced by chemical action

galvanization |ˌɡælvənaɪˈzeɪʃən| — stimulation with a galvanic current

galvanize |ˈɡælvənaɪz| — to stimulate to action

galvanometer |ˌɡælvʌˈnɑːmɪtər| — meter for detecting or comparing or measuring small electric currents

gam |ɡam| — a herd of whales

gambit |ˈɡæmbɪt| — an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker

gamble |ˈɡæmbl| — money that is risked for possible monetary gain

gambler |ˈɡæmblər| — a person who wagers money on the outcome of games or sporting events

gambling |ˈɡæmbəlɪŋ| — the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)

gamboge |ɡæmˈbuːʒ| — a gum resin used as a yellow pigment and a purgative

gambol |ˈɡæmbl| — gay or light-hearted recreational activity for diversion or amusement

game |ɡeɪm| — a contest with rules to determine a winner

gamecock |ˈɡeɪmkɑːk| — a cock bred and trained for fighting

gamekeeper |ˈɡeɪmkiːpər| — a person employed to take care of game and wildlife

gamely |ˈɡeɪmli| — in a plucky manner

games-master |ˈɡeɪmz mæstər| — the teacher in charge of games at a school

games-mistress |ˈɡeɪmz mɪstrɪs| — the teacher in charge of games at a school

gamete |ˈɡæmiːt| — a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes

gametophyte |ɡəˈmiːtəˌfaɪt| — the gamete-bearing individual or phase in the life cycle of a plant having alternation of generations

gamin |ˈɡamən| — (sometimes offensive) a homeless boy who has been abandoned and roams the streets

gamine |ɡæˈmiːn| — a homeless girl who roams the streets

gaming |ˈɡeɪmɪŋ| — the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)

gamma |ˈɡæmə| — the 3rd letter of the Greek alphabet

gammon |ˈɡæmən| — meat cut from the thigh of a hog (usually smoked)

gammy |ˈɡæmi| — (British informal) sore or lame

gamp |ɡamp| — colloquial terms for an umbrella

gamut |ˈɡamət| — a complete extent or range:

gamy |ˈɡeɪmi| — suggestive of sexual impropriety

gander |ˈɡændər| — mature male goose

ganef |ˈɡanɛf| — (Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)

gang |ɡæŋ| — an association of criminals

ganger |ˈɡæŋər| — the foreman of a work gang

gangling |ˈɡæŋɡlɪŋ| — tall and thin and having long slender limbs

ganglion |ˈɡæŋɡliən| — an encapsulated neural structure consisting of a collection of cell bodies or neurons

gangly |ˈɡæŋli| — tall and thin and having long slender limbs

gangplank |ˈɡæŋplæŋk| — a temporary bridge for getting on and off a vessel at dockside

gangrene |ˈɡæŋɡriːn| — necrotic tissue; a mortified or gangrenous part or mass

gangrenous |ˈɡæŋɡrɪnəs| — suffering from tissue death

gangster |ˈɡæŋstər| — a criminal who is a member of gang

gangway |ˈɡæŋweɪ| — a temporary passageway of planks (as over mud on a building site)

gannet |ˈɡænɪt| — large heavily built seabird with a long stout bill noted for its plunging dives for fish

ganoid |ˈɡanoid| — primitive fishes having thick bony scales with a shiny covering

gantlet |ˈɡɒntlət| — to offer or accept a challenge

gantry |ˈɡæntri| — a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.

gaol |dʒeɪl| — a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)

gaolbird |ˈdʒeɪlbɝːd| — a criminal who has been jailed repeatedly

gaoler |ˈdʒeɪlər| — someone who guards prisoners

gap |ɡæp| — a conspicuous disparity or difference as between two figures

gap-toothed |ˈɡæp tuːθt| — having widely spaced teeth

gape |ɡeɪp| — an expression of openmouthed astonishment

gaping |ˈɡeɪpɪŋ| — with the mouth wide open as in wonder or awe

garage |ɡəˈrɑːʒ| — an outbuilding (or part of a building) for housing automobiles

garb |ɡɑːrb| — clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion

garbage |ˈɡɑːrbɪdʒ| — food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

garble |ˈɡɑːrbəl| — make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

garden |ˈɡɑːrdn| — a plot of ground where plants are cultivated

gardener |ˈɡɑːrdnər| — someone who takes care of a garden

gardenia |ɡɑːrˈdiːniə| — any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Gardenia having large fragrant white or yellow flowers

gardening |ˈɡɑːrdnɪŋ| — the cultivation of plants

garfish |ˈɡɑːrˌfɪʃ| — primitive predaceous North American fish covered with hard scales and having long jaws with needlelike teeth

gargantuan |ɡɑːrˈɡæntʃuən| — of great mass; huge and bulky

garget |ˈɡɑːrɡɪt| — tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous

gargle |ˈɡɑːrɡl| — a medicated solution used for gargling and rinsing the mouth

gargoyle |ˈɡɑːrɡɔɪl| — a spout that terminates in a grotesquely carved figure of a person or animal

garibaldi |ˌɡærɪˈbɔːldi| — Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)

garish |ˈɡerɪʃ| — tastelessly showy

garland |ˈɡɑːrlənd| — United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)

garlic |ˈɡɑːrlɪk| — bulbous herb of southern Europe widely naturalized; bulb breaks up into separate strong-flavored cloves

garlicky |ˈɡɑːrlɪki| — relating to or tasting or smelling of garlic

garment |ˈɡɑːrmənt| — an article of clothing

garner |ˈɡɑːrnər| — a storehouse for threshed grain or animal feed

garnet |ˈɡɑːrnɪt| — any of a group of hard glassy minerals (silicates of various metals) used as gemstones and as an abrasive

garnish |ˈɡɑːrnɪʃ| — something (such as parsley) added to a dish for flavor or decoration

garotte |ɡəˈrɒt| — an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation

garret |ˈɡærət| — floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage

garrison |ˈɡærɪsn| — a fortified military post where troops are stationed

garrotte |ɡəˈrɑːt| — an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation

garrulity |ɡəˈruːlɪti| — the quality of being wordy and talkative

garrulous |ˈɡærələs| — full of trivial conversation

garter |ˈɡɑːrtər| — a band (usually elastic) worn around the leg to hold up a stocking (or around the arm to hold up a sleeve)

gas |ɡæs| — the state of matter distinguished from the solid and liquid states by: relatively low density and viscosity; relatively great expansion and contraction with changes in pressure and temperature; the ability to diffuse readily; and the spontaneous tendency

gas-tight |ˈɡæstaɪt| — not allowing air or gas to pass in or out

gasbag |ˈɡæsbæɡ| — a boring person who talks a great deal about uninteresting topics

gasconade |ˌɡæskʌˈneɪd| — an instance of boastful talk

gaseous |ˈɡæsiəs| — existing as or having characteristics of a gas

gash |ɡæʃ| — a wound made by cutting

gasification |ˌɡæsəfəˈkeɪʃən| — the process of changing into gas

gasify |ˌɡæsəfaɪ| — turn into gas

gasket |ˈɡæskɪt| — seal consisting of a ring for packing pistons or sealing a pipe joint

gaslight |ˈɡæslaɪt| — light yielded by the combustion of illuminating gas

gasman |ˈɡæsmæn| — someone employed by a gas company

gasolene |ˈɡæsəliːn| — a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines

gasoline |ˈɡæsəliːn| — a volatile flammable mixture of hydrocarbons (hexane and heptane and octane etc.) derived from petroleum; used mainly as a fuel in internal-combustion engines

gasometer |ɡæˈsɑːmɪtər| — a meter for measuring the amount of gas flowing through a particular pipe

gasp |ɡæsp| — a short labored intake of breath with the mouth open

gassing |ˈɡæsɪŋ| — the process of interacting with gas

gassy |ˈɡæsi| — resembling gas

gasteropoda |ˈɡæstərəpɒdə| — snails and slugs and their relatives

gastric |ˈɡæstrɪk| — relating to or involving the stomach

gastritis |ɡæˈstraɪtɪs| — inflammation of the lining of the stomach; nausea and loss of appetite and discomfort after eating

gastroenteritis |ɡæstroʊentəˈraɪtɪs| — inflammation of the stomach and intestines; can be caused by Salmonella enteritidis

gastrointestinal |ˌɡæstroʊɪnˈtestɪnl| — of or relating to the stomach and intestines

gastronome |ˈɡæstrʌˌnoʊm| — a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink)

gastronomic |ˌɡæstrəˈnɑːmɪk| — of or relating to gastronomy

gastronomical  — of or relating to gastronomy

gastronomy |ɡæˈstrɑːnəmi| — a particular style of cookery (as of a region)

gastropoda |ˈɡæstərəpɒdə| — snails and slugs and their relatives

gasworks |ˈɡæswɜːrks| — the workplace where coal gas is manufactured

gat |ɡat| — a gangster's pistol

gate |ɡeɪt| — a movable barrier in a fence or wall

gate-crash |ˈɡeɪtkræʃ| — enter uninvited; informal

gateau |ɡæˈtoʊ| — any of various rich and elaborate cakes

gatecrasher |ˈɡeɪtkræʃər| — someone who gets in (to a party) without an invitation or without paying

gatehouse |ˈɡeɪthaʊs| — a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence

gatekeeper |ˈɡeɪtkiːpər| — someone who controls access to something

gatepost |ˈɡeɪtpoʊst| — either of two posts that bound a gate

gateway |ˈɡeɪtweɪ| — an entrance that can be closed by a gate

gather |ˈɡæðər| — sewing consisting of small folds or puckers made by pulling tight a thread in a line of stitching

gather up |ˈɡæðər ʌp| — take and lift upward

gathered |ˈɡæðərd| — brought together in one place

gathering |ˈɡæðərɪŋ| — a group of persons together in one place

gauche |ɡoʊʃ| — lacking social polish

gaucherie |ˈɡoʊʃəri| — the quality of being rustic or gauche

gaucho |ˈɡaʊtʃoʊ| — a cowboy of the South American pampas

gaud |ɡɔːd| — cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

gaudy |ˈɡɔːdi| — (Britain) a celebratory reunion feast or entertainment held a college

gauffer |ˈɡɔːfər| — an iron used to press pleats and ridges

gauge |ɡeɪdʒ| — a measuring instrument for measuring and indicating a quantity such as the thickness of wire or the amount of rain etc.

Gaul |ˈɡɒl| — a person of French descent

gaunt |ɡɔːnt| — very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold

gauntlet |ˈɡɔːntlət| — to offer or accept a challenge

gauntness |ˈɡɒntnəs| — extreme leanness (usually caused by starvation or disease)

gauntry |ˈɡɔːntriː| — a framework of steel bars raised on side supports to bridge over or around something; can display railway signals above several tracks or can support a traveling crane etc.

gauss |ɡous| — a unit of magnetic flux density equal to 1 maxwell per square centimeter

Gaussian  — of or relating to Karl Gauss or his mathematical theories of magnetics or electricity or astronomy or probability

gauze |ɡɔːz| — (medicine) bleached cotton cloth of plain weave used for bandages and dressings

gauzy |ˈɡɔːzi| — so thin as to transmit light

gavel |ˈɡævl| — a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

gavotte |ɡəˈvɑːt| — an old formal French dance in quadruple time

gawk |ɡɔːk| — an awkward stupid person

gawky |ˈɡɔːki| — lacking grace in movement or posture

gawp |ɡɔːp| — look with amazement; look stupidly

gay |ɡeɪ| — someone who is sexually attracted to persons of the same sex

gayly  — in a joyous manner

gaze |ɡeɪz| — a long fixed look

gazebo |ɡəˈziːboʊ| — a small roofed building affording shade and rest

gazelle |ɡəˈzel| — small swift graceful antelope of Africa and Asia having lustrous eyes

gazette |ɡəˈzet| — a newspaper or official journal

gazetteer |ˌɡæzəˈtɪr| — a journalist who writes for a gazette