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GABERDINE, sub. the coarse frock of a peasant
[Ital. gavardina]
GAD, sub. a sharp-pointed instrument, a goad;
'upon the gad'=on the spur of the moment
GAGE, v. t. to pledge; sub. also a pledge pawned
GAIN-GIVING, sub. misgiving
GAIT, sub. proceeding
GALL, v. i. to scoff, to jest bitterly
GALLED, pt. p. worn by the action of the waves; irritated as
the eyes are by tears
GALLIARD, sub. the name of a dance
GALLIASSE, sub. a large galley
GALLIMAUFRY, sub. a medley or jumble of things
together
GALLOW, v. t. to frighten
GALLOWGLASSES, sub. heavy armed Irish foot
soldiers
GALLOWS, sub. a knave, one fit for the gallows
GAPE, v. i. to cry out loudly -Comp. 'a gaping pig'
(which however may mean a pig prepared for the table
with a lemon in its mouth)
GARBOIL, sub. disturbance, commotion,
GARDEN-HOUSE, sub, a summer-house
GARISH, adj. glittering, gaudy
GARNER, v. t. lay up, store up, Oth. iv. 2. 56.
GARNISH, sub. equipment
GASKINS, sub. loose breeches
GASTED,pt. p. frightened
GASTNESS, sub. ghastliness
GAUDY, adj. festive
GAWDS, sub. toys, nicknacks
GECK, sub. a dupe
GEMINY, sub. a pair
GENERATION, sub. offspring
GENEROSITY, sub. nobility
GENEROUS, adj. of noble birth
GENTLE, v. t. to ennoble
GENTRY, sub. courtesy
GERMENS, sub. seeds
GEST, sub. a period of stopping in a place, ori-
ginally the halting-place in a royal progress
[Fr. giste, gite]
GESTS, sub. acts, exploits
GHOST, v. t. to visit as a ghost, to haunt
GIB, sub. an old tom-cat
GIB CAT, sub. the same
GIBBER, v. i. to speak inarticulately
GIBBET, v. t. to hang
GIG, sub. a top
GIGLOT, sub. a light wench, Meas. for Meas
GILT, sub. money; gilding, fair show.
GIMMAL, adj. double, or made with double rings
GIMMALS [FoL gimmors], sub. pieces of me-
chanism, mechanical devices
GING, sub. a gang, a pack
GIRD, sub. a scoff, sarcasm; v. t. to gibe, taunt,
GIVE OUT, to report; to give over
GLEEKS, sub. scoffs
GNARLING, adj. snarling
GOD, v. t to worship
GOD 'ILD YOU, God yield you (i.e. reward you)
GOOD, adj. wealthy
GOOD DEED, in very deed
GORBELLIED, adj. big-bellied
GORGE, sub. the throat
GORGET, sub. armour for the throat
GOSPELLED, pt. p. indued with precepts of the
gospel
Goss, sub. gorse
GOSSIP, sub. a sponsor; v. t. to christen
GOUJERES, sub. the French disease
GOURDS, sub. false dice
GOUT, sub a drop [Fr goutte]
GRAIN, sub. the kermes of which the purple dye
was made, a fast colour
GRAINED, adj. dyed in grain; furrowed, rough
GRANGE, sub. a farm, or lone house in the
country
GRATIFY, v. t. to reward
GRATULATE, adj. gratifying
GREAT MORNING, broad daylight,
GREEK, sub. a boon companion, a merry fellow
GRIEF-SHOT, adj. sorrow-stricken
GRIME, v. t. to begrime
GRIPE, sub. a griffin
GRIZE, sub. a step
GRIZZLE, sub. a tinge of grey
GROUND, sub. the original air, on which the
variations are made
GROUNDLINGS, sub. vulgar spectators, who stood
in what is now the pit of the theatre
GROW TO, to have a strong flavour
GROW TO A POINT, to come to the point
GUARDS, sub. two stars of Ursa Minor were
called guards of the pole
GUARDS, sub. trimmings; pt. p. trimmed, ornamented
GUILDER, sub. a Dutch coin
GULES, adj. red, in heraldry
GULF, sub. the gullet
GULL, sub. a young unfeathered bird
GUMMED VELVET, sub. velvet stiffened with gum
GUST, v. t. to taste
GUTTERED, part. adj. worn by the action of water
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