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gag Tweet Definition of gag Like Definition of gag on Facebook
  1. A device to restrain speech, usually a rag in the mouth and secured there with tape, another rag that has been folded into a narrow strip, or a rubber ball threaded onto a cord or a leather or rubber strap.
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  1. An order or rule forbidding discussion of a case or subject. Also called a gag order.
  2. A joke or other mischievous prank.
verb (gags, gagging, gagged)
  1. To have the vomiting reflex triggered.
    • (U.S. Army slang) Smoke
    • Transitive_verb, Smoke : to order a recruit to exercise until he "gags" (usually spoken in exaggeration)
      1. To restrain someone's speech
gar Tweet Definition of gar Like Definition of gar on Facebook
  1. Any of several fish, of the family Lepisosteidae, that have long, narrow jaws; garfish
verb (gars, garing, gart, gart)
  1. (archaic) To make, cause (someone to do something).
    • 1885: Time gars me tremble. Ah, how sore the baulk! / While Time in pride of strength cloth ever stalk " Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, Night 15
goatfish Tweet Definition of goatfish Like Definition of goatfish on Facebook
noun (es, pl2=goatfish)
  1. Any of many brightly coloured fishes, of the family Mullidae, that have two barbels on the chin
goby Tweet Definition of goby Like Definition of goby on Facebook
noun (plural or gobies)
  1. Any of various small fish from the large family Gobiidae, in which the pelvic fins are fused to form a disc-shaped sucker.
goldfish Tweet Definition of goldfish Like Definition of goldfish on Facebook
noun (plural )
  1. A type of fish (scientific name Carassius auratus), typically orange-colored.
For the children's fair we'll have a few games they can play, so that each child "wins" a as a prize.
grayling Tweet Definition of grayling Like Definition of grayling on Facebook
noun (pl=grayling, pl2=graylings)
  1. Any freshwater fish of the genus Thymallus or specifically Thymallus thymallus, of the salmon family, having a large dorsal fin.
  2. A species of butterfly, Hipparchia semele, of the family Nymphalidae.
great white shark Tweet Definition of great white shark Like Definition of great white shark on Facebook
  1. A large shark, Carcharodon carcharias, of coastal surface waters in all major oceans that feeds on fish and marine mammals.
grilse Tweet Definition of grilse Like Definition of grilse on Facebook
  1. A young salmon after its first return from the sea.
grouper Tweet Definition of grouper Like Definition of grouper on Facebook
noun (plural or groupers)
  1. Any of various large food and game fishes of the subfamily Epiphelinae, especially the genera Epinephelus and Mycteroperca, which inhabit warm seas.
grubby Tweet Definition of grubby Like Definition of grubby on Facebook
adjective (grubbi, er)
  1. dirty, Dirty, unwashed, unclean.
  2. Having grubs in it.
grunt Tweet Definition of grunt Like Definition of grunt on Facebook
  1. A short, snorting sound, often to show disapproval, or used as a reply when one is reluctant to speak.
  2. The cry of a pig when it makes its snorting cry.
  3. A family of Perciformes fish of the family Haemulidae
  4. (Army and United States Marine Corps slang) An infantry soldier. (From the sound he presumably makes when shoulder
    1. Verb, shouldering a pack
    2. Noun, pack before starting a road march.)
  • Frequentative: gruntle
    1. (intransitive) Of a person: To make a grunt or grunts.
    2. (intransitive) Of a pig: To make a grunt or grunts.
gudgeon Tweet Definition of gudgeon Like Definition of gudgeon on Facebook
  1. A small freshwater fish, Gobio gobio, that is native to Europe.
guppy Tweet Definition of guppy Like Definition of guppy on Facebook
noun (guppi, es)
  1. A tiny freshwater fish, Poecilia reticulata, popular in home aquariums, that usually has a plain body and black or dark blue tail for the females and a more colorful tail for the males.
Fred kept a tank of guppies by the windowsill.
  1. By extension, any tiny fish.
Throw that one back; it"s just a guppy!
gurnard Tweet Definition of gurnard Like Definition of gurnard on Facebook
noun (plural or gurnards)
  1. Any of various marine fish of the family Triglidae, that have a large armored head and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom.

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