a. huge; of a tremendous size, volume, degree
E.g. Nokia really doesn't have any experience in running the kind of gargantuan on-line service
a. over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
E.g. She wore a rhinestone necklace with an excessively garish gold lame dress.
v. decorate with ornamental appendages
E.g. Top with pan drippings and garnish with a drizzle of good olive oil and a lemon wedge.
a. very showy or ornamented, especially when excessive, or in a tasteless or vulgar manner
E.g. The newest Trump skyscraper is typically gaudy, covered in gilded panels that gleam in the sun.
a. very thin, especially from disease or hunger or cold; barren
E.g. His once round face looked surprisingly gaunt after he had lost weight.
n. hammer-like tool; small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
E.g. And again, these aren't final tallies until the gavel is actually down.
n. coming into being of something; origin
E.g. But let's rewind, back to the beginning, as their genesis is available for all to read online.
a. friendly; cordial; having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner
E.g. He was in his after-dinner mood; more genial and also more self-indulgent than the frigid and rigid temper of the morning.
a. related to the topic being discussed or considered; appropriate or fitting; relevant
E.g. The judge refused to allow the testimony to be heard by the jury because it was not germane to the case.
n. open passage through a wood; grassy open or cleared space in a forest; opening in the ice of rivers or lakes, or a place left unfrozen
E.g. In field trip, the family had their lunch in the glade.
a. shining intensely and blindingly; staring with anger or fierceness
E.g. In 2002, almost 1.2 billion human beings lived in glaring poverty, earning less than one dollar a day.
v. cause to emit a flash of light
E.g. When she sees the light of a candle, the only light for the palaces of kings in her day, gleam from the window of her home, which she is approaching.
v. slide; move in a smooth, effortless manner
E.g. We better glide out of this before three in the morning, and clip it down the river with what we've got.
a. smooth and shining; reflecting luster from smooth or polished surface; plausible
E.g. I want this photograph printed on glossy paper.
n. monosaccharide sugar, occurring widely in most plant and animal tissue
E.g. Because of this, glucose is classified as a reducing sugar.
n. excess in eating; extravagant indulgence of the appetite for food; voracity
E.g. It's more about the gluttony of our culture: There's a young person who works here and her top desk drawer is just full of candy.
n. blood-sucking dipterous fly, of the genus Culex
E.g. There is a gnat bite on my hand.
v. bite or chew on with the teeth
E.g. I leant against a pillar of the verandah, drew my grey mantle close about me, and, trying to forget the cold which nipped me without, and the unsatisfied hunger which began to gnaw me within.
n. a kind of cup or drinking vessel having a foot or standard, but without a handle
E.g. He poured some wine into the goblet.
v. force with the thumb; make a groove in
E.g. He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane.
n. building for storing threshed grain; region yielding much grain
E.g. When you harvest your crop, you store it in a fat dried mud and stick granary, which is taller than you can reach.
a. impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
E.g. The aged matinee idol still had grandiose notions of his supposed importance in the theatrical world.
n. roofed stand for spectators at stadium; spectators or audience at an event; seating area at a stadium
E.g. Now just opposite the grandstand was a post some ten feet high, with a small beam projecting from the top toward the spectators.
a. harsh and unpleasant; making a harsh sound
E.g. For some time there was no noise but the grating sound of the spades discharging their freight of mould and gravel.
n. something given freely or without recompense; free gift; a present
E.g. To express their gratitude, patients provided a more-or-less voluntary gratuity.
v. scrape gently; feed on growing grasses and herbage
E.g. In the morning, if you're lucky, you'll get a visit from the two gentle horses that graze the hill.
n. cause of grief or distress; discomfort or pain
E.g. When her supervisor ignored her complaint, she took her grievance to the union.
n. revolving stone disk used for grinding, polishing, or sharpening tools; millstone
E.g. There's a gaudy big grindstone down at the mill, and we'll smooch it, and carve the things on it.
v. search blindly or uncertainly; reach about uncertainly; feel one's way
E.g. You grope for your next handhold or foothold as you slowly make your way to the top.
v. complain or grumble; seek or shoot grouse
E.g. Students traditionally grouse about the abysmal quality of "mystery meat" and similar dormitory food.
a. unwilling or with reluctance; stingy
E.g. We received only grudging support from the mayor despite his earlier promises of aid.
v. utter or emit low dull rumbling sounds
E.g. When a local historical society showed interest in preserving the Cider Barrel, he began to grumble, complaining about the "society."
n. mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
E.g. The Yukon's most common and widespread gull species arrive in early-May and breed throughout the area.
v. flow forth suddenly in great volume; make an excessive display
E.g. The president uses Twitter to inform followers about events he attends, to post articles he finds interesting, and to gush about famous visitors to campus.
n. blast; outburst
E.g. If a gust of wind swept the waste, I looked up, fearing it was the rush of a bull; if a plover whistled, I imagined it a man.
a. without hap or luck; luckless; unfortunate; unlucky; unhappy
E.g. His hapless lover was knocked down by a car.
a. agonizing; distressing extremely painful
E.g. At first the former prisoner did not wish to discuss his harrowing months of captivity as a political hostage.
v. accelerate; quicken
E.g. Her spirit seemed to hasten to live within a very brief span as much as many live during a protracted existence.
a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing
E.g. "Indeed, mama, but you can -- and will," pronounced the haughty voice of Blanche, as she turned round on the piano-stool.
n. a low shrub, with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers
E.g. Beside the crag the heath was very deep: when I lay down my feet were buried in it; rising high on each side, it left only a narrow space for the night-air to invade.