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noun 
  1. (slang): A person's leg.
  2. A collective noun used to refer to a group of whales; A pod.
    • 1862, Henry Theodore Cheever, The Whalemen's Adventures in the Southern Ocean, Darton & Hodge, page 116.
    • :Upon getting into a "" of whales, this boat, together with that of one of the mates, pulled for a single whale that was seen at a distance from the others, and succeeded in getting square up to their victim unperceived.
      1. (context, by extension) a social gathering of whalers or other ships.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, Harper and Brothers, http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Moby-Dick/Chapter_53, chapter 53.
    • : But what is a Gam? You might wear out your index-finger running up and down the columns of dictionaries, and never find the word, Dr. Johnson never attained to that erudition; Noah Webster"s ark does not hold it. Nevertheless, this same expressive word has now for many years been in constant use among some fifteen thousand true born Yankees. Certainly, it needs a definition, and should be incorporated into the Lexicon. With that view, let me learnedly define it. Gam. NOUN"A social meeting of two (or more) Whaleships, generally on a cruising-ground; when, after exchanging hails, they exchange visits by boats" crews, the two captains remaining, for the time, on board of one ship, and the two chief mates on the other.
verb to gam
  1. (nautical) to make a social visit on another ship at sea
     
gap Tweet Definition of gap Like Definition of gap on Facebook
noun 
  1. An opening in anything made by breaking or parting
a gap in a fence
He made a by kicking a weak spot.
  1. An opening allowing passage or entrance
We can slip through that .
  1. An opening that implies a breach or defect
There is a between the roof and the gutter.
  1. A vacant space or time
I have a in my schedule next Tuesday.
  1. A hiatus.
I'm taking a .
  1. A mountain pass.
The exploring party went through the high in the mountains.
  1. (baseball) The regions between the outfielders.
Jones doubled through the .
verb (gap, p, ing)
  1. (transitive) To notch, as a sword or knife.
  2. (transitive) To make an opening in; to breach.
     
gator Tweet Definition of gator Like Definition of gator on Facebook
noun (plural gators)
  1. (colloquial) Short form of alligator.
     
gawp Tweet Definition of gawp Like Definition of gawp on Facebook
verb 
  1. To stare stupidly or rudely; to gawk.
     
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  1. An inhabitant of Germany; a person of German descent.
<section end=deNoun1def /> proper noun 
  1. An Indo-European language, primarily spoken in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Sí¼dtirol and Switzerland and a small part of Belgium.
adjective 
  1. Relating to the country of Germany or to the German language.
     
GIMP Tweet Definition of GIMP Like Definition of GIMP on Facebook
noun 
  1. The GNU Image Manipulation Program, a computer program capable of manipulating digital images.
     
go-ahead Tweet Definition of go-ahead Like Definition of go-ahead on Facebook
noun 
  1. approval, Approval, agreement, or instruction to begin or proceed.
    You can start as soon as you get the from the president.
adjective 
  1. A score which gives the scoring team or player the lead in the game.
    The pitcher gave up the run in the top of the ninth inning.
     
gobby Tweet Definition of gobby Like Definition of gobby on Facebook
adjective (gobbier, gobbiest)
  1. (context, UK, slang, said of a person) frequently and loudly criticising twoards other people.
I hate that Sandra &mdash; she's a right gobby cow.
     
go-cart Tweet Definition of go-cart Like Definition of go-cart on Facebook
noun 
  1. A small, open-wheeled vehicle for racing.
     
goober Tweet Definition of goober Like Definition of goober on Facebook
noun 
  1. (Southern US) A peanut.
  2. (slang) A foolish or simple person.
     
grandpappy Tweet Definition of grandpappy Like Definition of grandpappy on Facebook
noun 
  1. (informal) grandfather.
     
granny Tweet Definition of granny Like Definition of granny on Facebook
noun (grannies)
  1. (colloquial) A grandmother.
I'm going to be a .
  1. (context, colloquial, derogatory) An elderly woman.
There are too many grannies around here getting in the way.
     
griddle Tweet Definition of griddle Like Definition of griddle on Facebook
noun 
  1. A flat plate of metal used for cooking.
     
grinder Tweet Definition of grinder Like Definition of grinder on Facebook
noun 
  1. A sandwich made on a torpedo roll.
I am going to the deli to get a grinder for lunch.
Note: In the Philadelphia area, at least, a "grinder" is distinguished from a "hoagie" in that the grinder is toasted or baked, and usually lacks lettuce.
  1. A tool used in a workshop for grind
  1. Verb, grinding.
     
guzzle Tweet Definition of guzzle Like Definition of guzzle on Facebook
verb (guzzl, es)
  1. To drink quickly
  2. (context, by extension) to consume anything quickly
This car just guzzles petrol.
     

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