Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Giblets noun plural [ Middle English gibelet , Old French gibelet game: confer French gibelotte stewed rabbit. Confer Gibbier .] The inmeats, or edible viscera (heart, gizzard, liver, etc.), of poultry.

Gibraltar noun
1. A strongly fortified town on the south coast of Spain, held by the British since 1704; hence, an impregnable stronghold.

2. A kind of candy sweetmeat, or a piece of it; -- called, in full, Gibraltar rock .

Gibstaff noun [ Prov. English gib a hooked stick + English staff .]
1. A staff to guage water, or to push a boat.

2. A staff formerly used in fighting beasts on the stage. [ Obsolete] Bailey.

Gid noun [ Confer Giddy , adjective ] A disease of sheep, characterized by vertigo; the staggers. It is caused by the presence of the C...nurus, a larval tapeworm, in the brain. See C...nurus .

Giddily adverb In a giddy manner.

Giddiness noun The quality or state of being giddy.

Giddy adjective [ Compar. Giddier ; superl. Giddiest .] [ Middle English gidi mad, silly, Anglo-Saxon gidig , of unknown origin, confer Norw. gidda to shake, tremble.]


1. Having in the head a sensation of whirling or reeling about; having lost the power of preserving the balance of the body, and therefore wavering and inclined to fall; lightheaded; dizzy.

By giddy head and staggering legs betrayed.
Tate.

2. Promoting or inducing giddiness; as, a giddy height; a giddy precipice. Prior.

Upon the giddy footing of the hatches.
Shak.

3. Bewildering on account of rapid turning; running round with celerity; gyratory; whirling.

The giddy motion of the whirling mill.
Pope.

4. Characterized by inconstancy; unstable; changeable; fickle; wild; thoughtless; heedless. " Giddy , foolish hours." Rowe. " Giddy chance." Dryden.

Young heads are giddy and young hearts are warm.
Cowper.

Giddy intransitive verb To reel; to whirl. Chapman.

Giddy transitive verb To make dizzy or unsteady. [ Obsolete]

Giddy-head noun A person without thought fulness, prudence, or judgment. [ Colloq.] Burton.

Giddy-headed adjective Thoughtless; unsteady.

Giddy-paced adjective Moving irregularly; flighty; fickle. [ R.] Shak.

Gie transitive verb To guide. See Gye . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Gie transitive verb To give. [ Scot.] Burns.

Gier-eagle noun [ Confer Dutch gier vulture, German gier , and English gyrfalcon .] (Zoology) A bird referred to in the Bible ( Lev. xi. 18 and Deut. xiv. 17 ) as unclean, probably the Egyptian vulture ( Neophron percnopterus ).

Gier-falcon noun [ Confer Gier- eagle , Gyrfalcon .] (Zoology) The gyrfalcon.

Gieseckite noun [ Named after Karl Giesecke .] (Min.) A mineral occurring in greenish gray six-sided prisms, having a greasy luster. It is probably a pseudomorph after elæolite.

Gif conj. [ Anglo-Saxon See If .] If. [ Obsolete]

» Gif is the old form of if , and frequently occurs in the earlier English writers. See If .

Giffard injector (Machinery) See under Injector .

Giffgaff noun [ Reduplicated from give .] Mutual accommodation; mutual giving. [ Scot.]

Giffy noun [ Obsolete] See Jiffy .

Gift noun [ Middle English gift , yift , yeft , Anglo-Saxon gift , from gifan to give; akin to D. & German gift , Icelandic gift , gipt , Goth. gifts (in comp.). See Give , transitive verb ]
1. Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering.

Shall I receive by gift , what of my own, . . .
I can command ?
Milton.

2. The act, right, or power of giving or bestowing; as, the office is in the gift of the President.

3. A bribe; anything given to corrupt.

Neither take a gift , for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise.
Deut. xvi. 19.

4. Some quality or endowment given to man by God; a preëminent and special talent or aptitude; power; faculty; as, the gift of wit; a gift for speaking.

5. (Law) A voluntary transfer of real or personal property, without any consideration. It can be perfected only by deed, or in case of personal property, by an actual delivery of possession. Bouvier. Burrill.

Gift rope (Naut) , a rope extended to a boat for towing it; a guest rope.

Syn. -- Present; donation; grant; largess; benefaction; boon; bounty; gratuity; endowment; talent; faculty. -- Gift , Present , Donation . These words, as here compared, denote something gratuitously imparted to another out of one's property. A gift is something given whether by a superior or an inferior, and is usually designed for the relief or benefit of him who receives it. A present is ordinarly from an equal or inferior, and is always intended as a compliment or expression of kindness. Donation is a word of more dignity, denoting, properly, a gift of considerable value, and ordinarly a gift made either to some public institution, or to an individual on account of his services to the public; as, a donation to a hospital, a charitable society, or a minister.

Gift transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Gifted ; present participle & verbal noun Gifting .] To endow with some power or faculty.

He was gifted . . . with philosophical sagacity.
I. Taylor.

Giftedness noun The state of being gifted. Echard.

Gig (jĭg or gĭg) noun [ Confer Old French gigue . See Jig , noun ] A fiddle. [ Obsolete]

Gig (gĭg) transitive verb [ Prob. from Latin gignere to beget.] To engender. [ Obsolete] Dryden.

Gig noun A kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig .

Gig transitive verb To fish with a gig.

Gig noun [ Middle English gigge . Confer Giglot .] A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.

Gig noun [ Confer Icelandic gīgja fiddle, Middle High German gīge , German geige , Icelandic geiga to take a wrong direction, rove at random, and English jig .]
1. A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.

Thou disputest like an infant; go, whip thy gig .
Shak.

2. A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.

3. (Nautical) A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig .

4. (Machinery) A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.

Gig machine , Gigging machine , Gig mill , or Napping machine . See Gig , 4. -- Gig saw . See Jig saw .

Gigantean adjective [ Latin giganteus , from gigas , antis . See Giant .] Like a giant; mighty; gigantic. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Gigantesque adjective [ French] Befitting a giant; bombastic; magniloquent.

The sort of mock-heroic gigantesque
With which we bantered little Lilia first.
Tennyson.

Gigantic adjective [ Latin gigas , -antis , giant. See Giant .]
1. Of extraordinary size; like a giant.

2. Such as a giant might use, make, or cause; immense; tremendous; extraordinarly; as, gigantic deeds; gigantic wickedness. Milton.

When descends on the Atlantic
The gigantic
Strom wind of the equinox.
Longfellow.

Gigantical adjective Bulky, big. [ Obsolete] Burton. -- Gi*gan"tic*al*ly , adverb

Giganticide noun [ . gigas , -antis , giant + caedere to kill.] The act of killing, or one who kills, a giant. Hallam.

Gigantine adjective Gigantic. [ Obsolete] Bullokar.

Gigantology noun [ Greek ..., ..., giant + -logy : confer French gigantologie .] An account or description of giants.

Gigantomachy noun [ Latin gigantomachia , from Greek ...; ..., ..., giant + ... battle: confer French gigantomachie .] A war of giants; especially, the fabulous war of the giants against heaven.

Gige (gĭj or gēj), Guige noun [ Old French guide , guiche .] (Anc. Armor) The leather strap by which the shield of a knight was slung across the shoulder, or across the neck and shoulder. Meyrick (Ancient Armor).

Gigerium noun ; plural Gigeria . [ New Latin , from Latin gigeria , plural, the cooked entrails of poultry.] (Anat.) The muscular stomach, or gizzard, of birds.

Gigget noun Same as Gigot .

Cut the slaves to giggets .
Beau. & Fl.

Giggle transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Giggled ; present participle & verbal noun Giggling .] [ Akin to gaggle : confer OD. ghichelen , German kichern .] To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, or silly manner; to titter with childish levity.

Giggling and laughing with all their might
At the piteous hap of the fairy wight.
J. R. Drake.

Giggle noun A kind of laugh, with short catches of the voice or breath; a light, silly laugh.

Giggler noun One who giggles or titters.

Giggly adjective Prone to giggling. Carlyle.

Giggot noun See Gigot . [ Obsolete] Chapman.

Giggyng noun [ See Gige .] The act of fastending the gige or leather strap to the shield. [ Obsolete] " Gigging of shields." Chaucer.

Giglot adjective Giddi; light; inconstant; wanton. [ Obsolete] "O giglot fortune!" Shak.

Giglot, Giglet noun [ Confer Icelandic gikkr a pert, rude person, Danish giek a fool, silly man, Anglo-Saxon gagol , gægl , lascivious, wanton, Middle High German gogel wanton, giege fool, and English gig a wanton person.] A wanton; a lascivious or light, giddy girl. [ Obsolete]

The giglet is willful, and is running upon her fate.
Sir W. Scott.

Gigot, Giggot noun [ French, from Old French gigue fiddle; -- on account of the resemblance in shape. See Jig , noun ]


1. A leg of mutton.

2. A small piece of flesh; a slice. [ Obsolete]

The rest in giggots cut, they spit.
Chapman.