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Barrons GRE Vocabulary List 8

fiasco: complete failure; sudden and violent collapse
E.g.The real problem with our job fiasco is that I essentially had two nights with almost no sleep.

fickle: not fixed or firm; liable to change; unstable; of a changeable mind
E.g.Shoppers remain fickle and disloyal and are still shifting to retailers who offer the most immediate savings.

fictitious: existing only in imagination; feigned; not true or real
E.g.Although this book purports to be a biography of George Washington, many of the incidents are fictitious.

fidelity: faithfulness to obligations, duties, or observances
E.g.By doing this, we condition people to feel that fidelity is unimportant on the Web.

fiend: implacable or malicious foe; one who is diabolically wicked or cruel
E.g.Amidst all this, I had to listen as well as watch: to listen for the movements of the wild beast or the fiend in yonder side den.

figment: something invented, made up; imaginary thing
E.g.That incident never took place; it is a figment of your imagination.

figurative: not literal, but metaphorical; using figure of speech
E.g.The only difference between the verbs loan and lend is that loan can’t be used in figurative senses.

figure: model of a bodily form; impression produced by a person; written or printed symbol representing a number
E.g.The fact that the main figure is screaming his throat on the front page is enough for me.

figurine: small ornamental statuette; small molded or sculptured figure
E.g.In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade was hired to trace the missing figurine of a black bird.

filch: steal, especially in a small, sly way; take from another on a petty scale, as by violation of trust
E.g.The boys filch apples from the fruit stand.

filial: having or assuming relationship of child or offspring to parent
E.g.Many children forget their filial obligations and disregard the wishes of their parents.

filibuster: block legislation by making long speeches
E.g.Even though we disapproved of Senator Foghorn's political goals, we were impressed by his ability to filibuster endlessly to keep an issue from coming to a vote.

filth: foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; corruption; pollution
E.g.Go and wash that filth off your hand.

finale: concluding part; closing section
E.g.It is not until we reach the finale of this play that we can understand the author's message.

finesse: refinement and delicacy of performance; skillful, subtle handling
E.g.The pilot's flying finesse is the hot topic in offices, restaurants and shops across the nation.

finicky: insisting capriciously on getting just what one wants; difficult to please; fussy
E.g.The little girl was finicky about her food, leaving over anything that wasn't to her taste.

finite: having a limit; limited in quantity, degree, or capacity; bounded
E.g.By the way, it's wrong to think a single individual can overtake a population of size infinity in finite time.

firebrand: hothead; person who stirs up trouble; piece of burning wood
E.g.The police tried to keep track of the infamous local firebrand when the President came to town.

fissure: long narrow opening ; long narrow depression in surface
E.g.The mountain climbers secured footholds in the tiny fissure in the rock.

fit: be the right size or shape; conform to some shape or size
E.g.This piece won't fit into the puzzle, none will work for it.

fitful: intermittently stopping and starting; irregular; variable; unstable
E.g.After several fitful attempts, he decided to postpone the start of the project until he felt more energetic.

flaccid: acting in strength, firmness, or resilience
E.g.His sedentary life had left him with flaccid muscles.

flag: become less intense; sink, or settle from pressure
E.g.When the opposing hockey team scored its third goal only minutes into the first quarter, the home team's spirits seemed to flag.

flagrant: obvious and offensive, blatant, scandalous; flaming into notice
E.g.The governor's appointment of his brother-in-law to the State Supreme Court was a flagrant violation of the state laws against nepotism.

flair: natural talent or aptitude
E.g.He'd been slim with a full head of wavy Black-Irish hair and a certain flair for fashion and humor.

flamboyant: elaborately or excessively ornamented
E.g.Modern architecture has discarded the flamboyant trimming on buildings and emphasizes simplicity of line.

fleck: spot; make spot or mark onto; mark with small spots
E.g.Her cheeks, fleck with tears, are testimony to the hours of weeping.

fleece: rob; strip of money or other property unjustly, especially by trickery or fraud; ask unreasonable price
E.g.Further, Ossie does not have control over Susan's money, so he will not have the opportunity to fleece her.

fleet: a group of steamships under the same ownership; a group of vessels or vehicles
E.g.The general ordered the fleet to remain where they were and wait for the further instructions.

flick: light quick blow or touch
E.g.He gave the lamp a flick with his finger.

flicker: flutter; flap the wings without flying; waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air
E.g.The generator started to whir; the lights on it began to flicker and sparks shot out from the wires.

flinch: draw back, as with fear or pain
E.g.After pausing to fearfully flinch from a quick movement her husband made, she continued.

flip: go mad, go crazy; turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse; toss with a sharp movement
E.g.He will flip if he hear that he is laid off.

flippant: lacking proper seriousness; speaking freely; talkative; communicative
E.g.When Mark told Mona he loved her, she dismissed his earnest declaration with a flippant "Oh, you say that to all the girls!".

flirt: deal playfully; move abruptly; toss or flip suddenly
E.g.I think a lot of people are using cell phones to reach out to a new partner and also to flirt an existing partner.

flit: fly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by
E.g.Like a bee to flit from flower to flower, Rose flied from one boyfriend to the next.

floe: mass of floating ice; ice formed by freezing of surface-water of polar oceans
E.g.The ship made slow progress as it battered its way through the ice floe.

flora: plants of a region or era; plants considered as a group; bacteria that normally inhabit bodily organ
E.g.One of the more remarkable features of the flora is the close relationship at the genera level with certain forests in West Africa.

florid: reddish; elaborately or excessively ornamented
E.g.If you go to beach and get a sunburn, your complexion will look florid.

flounder: move or act clumsily and in confusion
E.g.Bewildered by the new software, we flounder until Jan shows her how to get started.

flourish: grow well; decorate with ornaments; be in a period of productivity
E.g.Upsets may occur, even painful misunderstandings and separations, yet the essential love remains, and might again flourish, more temperately.

flout: reject; mock; express contempt for rules by word or action; behave with contempt
E.g.The headstrong youth used to flout all authority; he refused to be curbed.

fluctuate: rise and fall in or as if in waves; shift; vary irregularly
E.g.The water pressure in our shower does fluctuate wildly.

fluency: quality of smoothness of flow; quality of being fluent in language
E.g.He spoke French with fluency and ease.

fluke: unlikely occurrence; stroke of good luck; accident
E.g.If she by some fluke is elected, we'll have a bitterly divided nation for four more devastating years.

flush: turn red, as from fever, embarrassment, or strong emotion; glow, especially with a reddish color; flow suddenly
E.g.We saw the sky flush pink at dawn.

fluster: confuse; hot and rosy, as with drinking; be in a heat or bustle; be agitated
E.g.The teacher's sudden question should fluster him and he stammered his reply.

flutter: vibrate or move quickly; drive in disorder; throw into confusion; wave or flap rapidly in an irregular manner
E.g.Out in the street the loudspeakers bellow, the flags flutter from the rooftops, the police prowl to and fro.

flux: flowing; series of changes; state of being liquid through heat
E.g.While conditions are in such a state of flux, I do not wish to commit myself too deeply in this affair.

fodder: coarse food for cattle or horses
E.g.One of Nancy's chores at the ranch was to put fresh supplies of fodder in the horses' stalls.

foible: moral weakness; failing; weak point; slight fault
E.g.You should overlook the foible of Lee; no one is perfect.

foil: prevent from being successful
E.g.In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes.

foil: prevent from being successful
E.g.In the end, Skywalker is able to foil Vader's diabolical schemes.

foliage: masses of leaves; a cluster of leaves, flowers, and branches
E.g.Every autumn before the leaves fell he promised himself he would drive through New England to admire the colorful fall foliage.

foment: try to stir up public opinion; promote growth of; apply warm lotion to
E.g.These examples, and there are many others, reveal how fear is being used to foment anger and political zealotry.

foolhardy: rash; marked by unthinking boldness
E.g.Don't be foolhardy. Get the advice of experienced people before undertaking this venture.

foray: assault; an initial attempt; a sudden short attack
E.g.Scientists are showing an obvious foray into politics.

forbearance: patience; restraint of passions; act of forbearing or waiting
E.g.We must use forbearance in dealing with him because he is still weak from his illness.

ford: place where a river can be crossed on foot; shallow place
E.g.Half a mile beyond the ford is a collection of three or four huts, called Rancho Grande.

foreboding: expectation of misfortune; feeling of evil to come; unfavorable omen
E.g.Suspecting no conspiracies against him, Caesar gently ridiculed his wife's foreboding about the Ides of March.

forensic: relating to use of technology in investigation and establishment of facts or evidence in court by law
E.g.An expert in forensic accounting, according to a recent report in Newsweek, says the AIG scandal might get considerably worse than it already is.

forerunner: predecessor; one who goes before or announces the coming of another
E.g.Doug Engelbart helped launch the Internet's forerunner, the Arpanet.

foreshadow: give indication beforehand; indicate by signs
E.g.Political analysts realized that Yeltsin's defiance of the attempted coup should foreshadow his emergence as the dominant figure of the new Russian republic.

foresight: ability to foresee future happenings
E.g.A wise investor, she had the foresight to buy land just before the current real estate boom.

forestall: prevent by taking action in advance
E.g.The prospective bride and groom hoped to forestall any potential arguments about money in the event of a divorce.

forfeit: something surrendered as punishment for crime or error
E.g.The soul of the nation was forfeit from the day of its creation.

forge: workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
E.g.All the metal parts will be made in their forge.

forlorn: sad and lonely; wretched; abandoned or left behind
E.g.Deserted by her big sisters and her friends, the forlorn child sat sadly on the steps awaiting their return.

formidable: arousing fear; threatening; difficult to undertake or defeat
E.g.What makes it even more formidable is that there is no vaccine yet for the disease though work is going on to develop one.

forsake: leave someone who needs or counts on you
E.g.No one expected Foster to forsake his wife and children and run off with another woman.

forswear: renounce or deny something, especially under oath; swear falsely, usually under pressure
E.g.The captured knight could escape death only if he agreed to forswear Christianity and embrace Islam as the one true faith.

forthcoming: ready or about to appear; making appearance
E.g.The forthcoming talks hold out the hope of real arms reductions.

forthright: directly ahead; straightforward
E.g.I think being forthright is the least we should expect.

fortitude: bravery; force; power to attack or to resist attack
E.g.He was awarded the medal for his fortitude in the battle.

fortuitous: accidental; by chance; coming or occurring without any cause
E.g.Though he pretended their encounter was fortuitous, he'd actually been hanging around her usual haunts for the past two weeks, hoping she'd turn up.

forum: place to discuss public concerns; meeting or medium for open discussion
E.g.The film opens with a shot of the ancient forum in Rome, where several senators are discussing the strange new sect known as Christians.

forward: at or to or toward the front; toward the future
E.g.They went slowly forward in the mud and trusted they would get there in time.

foster: rear; promote the growth of; help develop
E.g.Don't forget to foster our children's well-being and education.

foul: act that violates of the rules of a sport
E.g.But the deal involves a fifteen billion euro cash injection, and may yet fall foul of regulators in Brussels.

founder: person who establishes an organization, business
E.g.Some businesses require very little capital and the founder is able to self-finance the enterprise.

founder: person who establishes an organization, business
E.g.Some businesses require very little capital and the founder is able to self-finance the enterprise.

fracas: noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel; disturbance
E.g.The military police stopped the fracas in the bar and arrested the belligerents.

fractious: inclined to make trouble; disobedient; irritable
E.g.Bucking and kicking, the fractious horse unseated its rider.

frail: physically weak; easily broken
E.g.He was 49 years old and in frail health, suffering from diabetes.

franchise: right granted by authority; right to vote; business licensed to sell a product in particular area
E.g.That famous franchise is a good way to increase customer traffic for our new business.

frantic: highly excited with strong emotion; disordered or nervous activity
E.g.The young man went scrambling down into the ward in frantic haste.

fraudulent: cheating; deceitful; planning or using fraud; given to practice of fraud
E.g.The government seeks to prevent fraudulent and misleading advertising.

fraught: furnished or equipped; sufficient to satisfy
E.g.Since this enterprise is fraught with danger, I will ask for volunteers who are willing to assume the risks.

frenzied: madly excited; in state of hurry, panic or wild activity
E.g.As soon as they smelled smoke, the frenzied animals milled about in their cages.

fresco: cool, refreshing state of air; art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries
E.g.The cathedral is visited by many tourists who wish to admire the fresco by Giotto.

fret: cause to be uneasy; wear away
E.g.Further reason not to fret is that Obama volunteers have been doing grass roots organizing in Texas for quite some time.

friction: clash in opinion; rubbing against; conflict
E.g.The main cause of the friction is the simple reality that "Law and Order" has lost audience.

frieze: architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice; heavy woolen fabric with a long nap
E.g.The frieze rounds the top of the wall is delicate.

frigid: intensely cold; lacking warmth; stiff and formal in manner
E.g.Cold water would repeatedly be thrown on prisoners who were being kept in frigid temperatures for up to a month.

fringe: margin; periphery; decorative border of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band
E.g.A flag with a fringe is an ensign, a military flag.

frisk: move about briskly and playfully; search a person for something concealed, especially a weapon, by passing hands quickly over clothes
E.g.The police officers got out of their car and proceeded to frisk a young man that happened to be crossing the street.

frivolous: lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
E.g.Berg's frivolous lawsuit was tossed out for lack of standing shortly before the election by a federal district court.

frolic: engage in merrymaking, joking, or teasing
E.g.The children frolic in the garden after school.

frolicsome: full of high-spirited fun; gay; given to merry
E.g.The frolicsome puppy tried to lick the face of its master.

frond: fern leaf, especially compound leaf; palm or banana leaf
E.g.After the storm the beach was littered with the leaves of palm trees. I can even see a frond in front of our door.

frugality: thrift; prudent economy; sparing use
E.g.In economically hard times, anyone who doesn't learn to practice frugality risks bankruptcy.

fruitful: productive; fertile; producing results; profitable
E.g.Those are made to dwell in fruitful lands; there they take root, and gain a settlement.

fruition: bearing of fruit; fulfillment; realization
E.g.This building marks the fruition of all our aspirations and years of hard work.

frustrate: make null; bring to nothing; prevent from taking effect or attaining fulfillment
E.g.We must frustrate this dictator's plan to seize control of the government.

fugitive: lasting only a short time; fleeting; elusive
E.g.The film brought a few fugitive images to her mind, but on the whole it made no lasting impression upon her.

fulcrum: support on which a lever rests; prop or support
E.g.If we use this stone as a fulcrum and the crowbar as a lever, we may be able to move this boulder.

fulsome: offensively flattering or insincere; offensive; disgusting
E.g.His fulsome praise of the dictator revolted his listeners.

fumble: feel or grope about; make awkward attempts to do or find something; play childishly
E.g.We heard the tramp of men coming to the door, and heard them begin to fumble with the pad-lock, and heard a man say: "I TOLD you we'd be too soon; they haven't come -- the door is locked."

functional: useful; in good working order
E.g.The estimated cost of staffing and maintaining a functional pest management center is approximately 1 million dollars per year.

fundamental: relating to foundation or base; elementary; primary; essential
E.g.El Niao is a natural phenomenon, but some are worried that climate change could now be altering the cycle in fundamental ways.

furor: great excitement; public disorder or uproar
E.g.The story of her embezzlement of the funds created a furor on the Stock Exchange.

furrow: trench in the earth made by a plow; any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal; wrinkle on the face
E.g.A furrow or groove is formed by running water.

furtive: marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
E.g.Noticing the furtive glance that the customer gave the diamond, the jeweler wondered whether he had a potential shoplifter on his hands.

fusion: union; act of melting together by heat
E.g.True, the energy released in fusion is less than using He-3, but is magnitude cheaper and faster.

fussy: easily upset; given to bouts of ill temper; full of superfluous details
E.g.It can indeed be fussy, filling with ornament what should be empty space.

futile: useless; having no useful result; vain
E.g.Do you simply ignore in futile hope that will cause them to go away?

gadfly: any of various flies, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals; irritating person
E.g.Like a gadfly, he irritated all the guests at the hotel; within forty-eight hours, everyone regarded him as an annoying busybody.

gaffe: socially awkward or tactless act; foolish error, especially one made in public
E.g.According to Miss Manners, to call your husband by your lover's name is worse than a mere gaffe; it is a tactical mistake.

gainsay: speak against; contradict; oppose in words; deny or declare not to be true
E.g.She was too honest to gainsay the truth of the report.

gait: manner of walking or stepping; bearing or carriage while moving; walk; rate of moving
E.g.The lame man walked with an uneven gait.

galaxy: large, isolated system of stars, as the Milky Way; any collection of brilliant personalities
E.g.Give me a sky and I'll show you what a galaxy is all about.

gale: very strong wind; gust of wind; emotional outburst as laughter or tears
E.g.The Weather Channel warned viewers about a rising gale, with winds of up to sixty miles per hour.

gall: bitterness of feeling; vexation
E.g.Sometimes, gall is so shameless it's turned into an art form.

gall: bitterness of feeling; vexation
E.g.Sometimes, gall is so shameless it's turned into an art form.

galleon: large sailing ship, usually having two or more decks and carrying guns
E.g.The Spaniards pinned their hopes on the galleon, the large warship.

galley: boat propelled by oars; large vessel for war and national purposes
E.g.The boy was caught and sold to be a galley slave.

galvanize: stimulate by shock; stir up; stimulate to action
E.g.Perhaps SIV was waiting for some event or announcement to once again galvanize people into marching.

gambit: chess move in which player sacrifices minor pieces in order to obtain advantageous position
E.g.The player was afraid to accept his opponent's gambit because he feared a trap which as yet he could not see.

gambol: dance and skip about in sport; leap playfully
E.g.See children gambol in the park is a pleasant experience.

gamely: bravely; in game manner; in willing and spirited fashion
E.g.Because he had fought gamely against a much superior boxer, the crowd gave him a standing ovation when he left the arena.

gamut: entire range; all notes in musical scale
E.g.In this performance, the leading lady was able to demonstrate the complete gamut of her acting ability.

gape: open the mouth wide; yawn from sleepiness, weariness, or dullness
E.g.We saw the huge pit gape before him; if he stumbled, he would fall in.

garbled: mixed up; difficult to understand because it has been distorted
E.g.His reasoning, if you can call it that, seems really garbled; none of us agree with him.

gargantuan: 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

garish: over-bright in color; tastelessly showy
E.g.She wore a rhinestone necklace with an excessively garish gold lame dress.

garner: gather; store up; amass; acquire
E.g.And, of course, that urge to garner is one way in which power ultimately corrupts.

garnish: decorate with ornamental appendages
E.g.Top with pan drippings and garnish with a drizzle of good olive oil and a lemon wedge.

garrulous: talking much and repetition of unimportant or trivial details
E.g.My Uncle Henry can outtalk any three people I know. He is the most garrulous person in Cayuga County.

gauche: awkward or lacking in social graces; coarse and uncouth
E.g.Compared to the sophisticated young ladies in their elegant gowns, tomboyish Jo felt gauche and out of place.

gaudy: 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.

gaunt: very thin, especially from disease or hunger or cold; barren
E.g.His once round face looked surprisingly gaunt after he had lost weight.

gavel: 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.

gawk: stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe
E.g.The country boys gawk at the skyscrapers and neon lights of the big city.

gazette: periodical; newspaper or official journal
E.g.The Ontario gazette is a weekly publication from the Ontario government.

genealogy: account or history of descent of person or family from ancestor; lineage
E.g.He was proud of his genealogy and constantly referred to the achievements of his ancestors.

generality: quality of being general; an idea having general application
E.g.This report is filled with generality; be more specific in your statements.

generate: bring into being; give rise to; produce
E.g.Their primary concern is not the health of the American people it is to maximize the revenue they can generate from the American people.

generic: of an entire group or class; general
E.g.I typically ask whether another suitable drug is available in a generic form.

genesis: 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.

geniality: warmth of disposition and manners; kindliness; sympathy
E.g.This restaurant is famous and popular because of the geniality of the proprietor who tries to make everyone happy.

genre: type or class; a kind of literary or artistic work
E.g.Considering this change in genre, is there room for Castlevania to move into other styles of game?

genteel: well-bred; marked by refinement in taste and manners
E.g.We are looking for a man with a genteel appearance who can inspire confidence by his cultivated manner.

gentility: quality of being well-mannered; refinement; people of good birth
E.g.Her family was proud of its gentility and elegance.

gentle: well-born; of a good family or respectable birth; mild; meek; bland; amiable; tender
E.g.His aunt Polly stood surprised a moment, and then broke into a gentle laugh.

gentry: the most powerful members of society
E.g.The local gentry did not welcome the visits of the summer tourists and tried to ignore their presence in the community.

germ: bacteria; earliest form of an organism; seed
E.g.He finds that his diet of wheat germ and organic honey isn't nutritious at all.

germane: 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.

germinal: containing seeds of later development; creative
E.g.Such an idea is germinal, I am certain that it will influence thinkers and philosophers for many generations.

germinate: cause to sprout or grow; come into existence
E.g.After the seeds germinate and develop their permanent leaves, the plants may be removed from the cold frames and transplanted to the garden.

gesticulation: deliberate, vigorous motion or gesture
E.g.The operatic performer is trained to make an exaggerated gesticulation because of the large auditorium.

ghastly: horrible; inspiring shock; extremely unpleasant or bad
E.g.It was a kind of ghastly waiting for the jurymen to return; it is so hard to spend.

gibberish: unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing; babbling
E.g.True, the great majority of these would be gibberish, but writing a program that can screen out them is a difficult project.

gibe: mock; laugh at with contempt and derision
E.g.As you gibe at their superstitious beliefs, do you realize that you, too, are guilty of similarly foolish thoughts?

giddy: lacking seriousness; dizzy; frivolous and lighthearted
E.g.The Democrats were still in giddy spirits during the convention and didn't take rivals seriously.

gingerly: with great care or delicacy; cautiously
E.g.To separate egg whites, first crack the egg gingerly.

girth: distance around something; circumference; size; bulk
E.g.Pick a Christmas tree that suits your family: large in girth.

gist: most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; central idea
E.g.The legends vary in detail but the gist is the same.

glacial: like a glacier; extremely cold; lacking warmth and friendliness
E.g.Never a warm person, when offended John could seem positively glacial.

glare: light; brightness; fierce or angry stare
E.g.The next thing I remember is, waking up with a feeling as if I had had a frightful nightmare, and seeing before me a terrible red glare, crossed with thick black bars.

glaring: 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.

glaze: thin smooth shiny coating; glassy film, as one over the eyes
E.g.That glaze is just a mix of strained pulp and sugar.

gleam: 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.

glean: gather; collect; pick up
E.g.You may misinterpret your cat if you try to glean a message from her eyes alone.

glib: performed with a natural or offhand ease
E.g."Excuse me, sir," said the man in glib English.

glimmer: dim or intermittent flicker or flash of light; faint glow; shimmer
E.g.You could see the glimmer from the pond in the front yard and hear the gentle roll of the water from the small creek.

glitter: bright, sparkling light; brilliant and showy luster; brilliancy
E.g.The gloss and glitter of Hollywood seemed fascinating to the girl.

gloat: feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction
E.g.The only time you can sit back, relax and gloat is when you win it all.

gloss: provide extensive explanation for words or phrases
E.g.No matter how hard he tried to talk around the issue, President Bush could not gloss over the fact that he had raised taxes after all.

glossary: brief explanation of words, often placed at back of book
E.g.I have found the glossary in this book very useful; it has eliminated many trips to the dictionary.

glossy: smooth and shining; reflecting luster from smooth or polished surface; plausible
E.g.I want this photograph printed on glossy paper.

glow: shine with an intense or white heat; give forth vivid light and heat; exhibit a strong, bright color
E.g.The children's cheeks glow from the cold.

glower: look at with a fixed gaze; angry stare
E.g.The angry brothers glower at his father.

glut: fill beyond capacity, especially with food; swallow greedlly
E.g.The many manufacturers glut the market and could not find purchasers for the excess articles they have produced.

glutton: person who eats too much food and drink
E.g.When Mother saw that Bobby had eaten all the cookies, she called him a little glutton.

gnarled: twisted; knotty; made rough by age or hard work
E.g.The gnarled oak tree had been a landmark for years and was mentioned in several deeds.

gnome: dwarf; fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground
E.g.In medieval mythology, gnome was the special guardian and inhabitant of subterranean mines.

goad: urge with a long pointed stick; give heart or courage to
E.g.His friends goad him until he yields to their wishes.

gobble: swallow or eat greedily or hastily; gulp; utter a sound like a turkey cock
E.g.As I am still hungry, I gobble up a second sandwich.

gorge: stuff oneself; overeat; make a pig of oneself
E.g.The guests gorge themselves with foods as though they had not eaten for days.

gorge: stuff oneself; overeat; make a pig of oneself
E.g.The guests gorge themselves with foods as though they had not eaten for days.

gory: bloody; full by bloodshed and violence
E.g.At last night's gathering, Thompson described in gory detail the injuries suffered by McCain during his capture and detention at the Hoa Lo Prison in North Vietnam.

gossamer: sheer, light, delicate, or tenuous
E.g.They would laugh in gossamer tones, and then move on gracefully to someone else, sometimes moving gracefully at speeds exceeding 40 mph.

gouge: force with the thumb; make a groove in
E.g.He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane.

gouge: force with the thumb; make a groove in
E.g.He began to gouge a small pattern in the sand with his cane.

gourmand: person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
E.g.John is a gourmand lacking self restraint; if he enjoys a particular cuisine, he eats far too much of it.

gourmet: person with discriminating taste in food and wine
E.g.The gourmet stated that this was the best onion soup she had ever tasted.