SAT Vocabulary Words Starting With G

Can you guess the definitions of these words that commonly appear on the Scholastic Aptitude Test?
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Last updated: April 15, 2024
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1. Gaffe (noun)
A laborer on a film set
A machine used for making yarn from wool
An embarassing error
Frost crystals
The elderly politician was elected despite his many gaffes
2. Gaudy (adjective)
Having a horrible odor
Having a large, flabby chin
Joyful; exuberant
Overly showy or ornamented
Liberace was known for his gaudy clothing
3. Gaunt (adjective)
Decorated with bright and lively colors
Having an excess of wealth
Strong in the face of adversity
Thin, emaciated, bony
The fashion model was gaunt with pointy elbows
4. Genuflect (verb)
To argue with excessive emotion
To drop a knee to the ground in submission
To engage in deep and complex calculations
To give a donation, especially to a church
The king genuflected before the pope and received his blessing
5. Gesticulate (verb)
To become enrolled in a college or university
To dance wildly
To drool
To express oneself by making gestures
The cyclist gesticulated and shouted at the BMW as it zoomed closely by
6. Genteel (adjective)
Elegant, aristocratic
Given to excessive risk taking, especially in gambling
Hard like steel
Having a sour, acidic taste
The genteel old man brought out a silk hankerchief and handed it to the crying girl
7. Glean (verb)
To bind a book
To emit a soft, glowing light
To gather small bits of grain left by reapers
To listen with reverence
She gleaned scraps of information from overheard conversation
8. Germane (adjective)
Having an unusually cold and icy demeanor
Related to the subject at hand
Swift and lively (especially as it relates to music)
Sir, your colonoscopy is NOT germane to this discussion!
9. Glutton (noun)
A unit which measures the intensity of light
An ancient tool used for measuring land
One who charges excessive interest on a loan
One who eats too much
The glutton continued to gorge himself on the turkey leg
10. Gossamer (noun)
A negotiation between two warring parties
A wooden beam used in construction
Something light and delicate such as a cobweb
The highest point in a medieval fortress
Light showed through the gossamer fabric
11. Graft (noun)
A rough approximation used in place of a more exact calculation
A spatula like tool used by bricklayers
A traditional method of salting and drying fish
Corruption, especially among government officials
Graft and organized crime go hand in hand
12. Guile (noun)
Cunning; artful deception
Having the ability to float
The act of inscribing symbols on metal or stone
The lack of stress or anxiety
To win, a smaller fighter must use guile
13. Gentry (noun)
A large door or gate
One employed to write or transcribe documents
The distance around something
The land-owning upper class that ranks below nobility
14. Glib (adjective)
Covered with filth or soot
Eloquent but insincere
Existing for a short duration only
The TV host had a glib comeback for every argument
15. Grandiloquent (adjective)
Extremely generous
Having a smooth, mirror-like surface
Puffed up with vanity
Unable to be perceived
The grandiloquent butler scoffed at the shabbily-dressed youths
Level 77
Apr 17, 2024
Graft was a rough one. I've never heard that word used in that way. I've only heard it used as a skin graft.
Level 68
Apr 17, 2024
It's a Yankism.
Level 59
May 11, 2024
is that a problem
Level 56
May 12, 2024
We never use it that way and that's not one of the Oxford or Webster definitions. Very curious what OP's source was
Level 78
Apr 17, 2024
It's used in the UK to mean hard work, one who works hard is called a "grafter".
Level 84
Apr 17, 2024
Yeah, and it generally implies honest work. Funny that it's kinda the opposite of "the acquisition of gain (such as money) in dishonest or questionable ways" as Miriam-Webster puts it.
Level 69
Apr 19, 2024
I've definitely heard it referring to corruption etc in the UK. Listen to political commentators!
Level 66
May 11, 2024
Really? Not heard it at all in that context in UK, only hard work and horticulture
Level 72
May 12, 2024
Read the Private Eye, they always refer to corruption as ‘graft.’
Level 74
Apr 17, 2024
Same, I was thinking of gardening when you graft things onto rootstock.
Level 67
Apr 17, 2024
great quiz! noticed one typo though: in question 13, you're missing a "t" in "nobility".
Level ∞
Apr 17, 2024
Level 73
Apr 17, 2024
It must be fun coming up with the wrong answers for these.
Level 87
Apr 17, 2024
Rat....I was thinking gaffer when I read gaffe. So of course I gave the wrong answer. Sigh
Level 55
May 11, 2024
what a gaffe lol
Level 91
Apr 18, 2024
Minor critique here - while the answer for glean is a proper definition of the word, it's far outstripped in usage today by an alternate definition. In fact, the usage you cite afterward is an example of the alternate definition, not your chosen answer.
Level 56
May 11, 2024
Level 71
May 11, 2024
Yes, I knew the definition as used in the example, but not the one in the answer and thus chose wrongly. Please change one of them!
Level 62
May 11, 2024
I liked that the definition precisely because it was not the common usage! I guessed correctly because it's basically the same process - one in the physical world, the other in the mental world. Happy to learn something and have a little twist in it
Level 89
Apr 19, 2024
Where did you get the post-quiz definition for the first question, Joe Biden's Wikipedia page?! ;)
Level 72
May 12, 2024
Don’t be silly. It was the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip’s Wikipedia page. If you’re not familiar, Google ‘gaffes of Prince Philip,’ and prepare yourself for a masterclass.
Level 15
May 11, 2024
My native language is French. I didn't know lots of those words. But it occurs lots of them were existing in French as not commonly used words.
Level 51
May 11, 2024
how do people get these correct?! i am positively surprised of myself that i got 4/15 right
Level 67
May 11, 2024
I used to be an SAT tutor. Got them all except, fittingly, "gaffe," only because I read it too quickly and confused it with "gaffer" and didn't even read the other choices (which I'm sure is what the quizmaker intended). An embarrassing error indeed.
Level 51
May 15, 2024
Maybe because we're literate?
Level 43
May 11, 2024
I actually knew quite a lot of these...hmm....
Level 16
May 12, 2024
Sir, your colonoscopy is NOT germane to this discussion!
Level 51
May 15, 2024
Extremely easy, got them all in under a minute.