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GA’ZEFUL. adj.


GA’ZEFUL. adj. [gaze and full.] Looking intently.
The brightness of her beauty clear,
The ravisht hearts of gazeful men might rear
To admiration of that heavenly light. Spenser on Beauty.

GA’MUT. n.s.


GA’MUT. n.s. [gama, Italian.] The scale of musical notes.
Madam, before you touch the instrument,
To learn the order of my fingering,
I must begin with rudiments of art,
To teach you gamut in a briefer sort. Shakespeare.
When by the gamut some musicians make
A perfect song, others will undertake,
By the same gamut chang’d, to equal it:
Things simply good can never be unfit. Donne.
Long has a race of heroes fill’d the stage,
That rant by note, and through the gamut rage;
In songs and airs express their martial fire,
Combat in trills, and in a feuge expire. Addison.

GAM’BOL. n.s.


GAM’BOL. n.s. [from the verb.]
I. A skip; a hop; a leap for joy.
A gentleman had got a favourite spaniel, that would be still
toying and leaping upon him, and playing a thousand pretty
gambols. L’Estrange’s Fables.
Bacchus through the conquer’d Indies rode,
And beasts in gambols frisk’d before their honest god. Dryden.
2. A frolick; a wild prank.
For who did ever play his gambo’s,
With such insufferable rambles? Hudibras, p. iii. cant. 2.



GALLIMAUFRY. n.s. [galimafrée, French.]
I. A hoch-poch, or hash of several sorts of broken meat, a
medley. Hanmer.
They have made of our English tongue a gallimaufry, or
hodge-podge of all other speeches. Spenser.
2. Any inconsistent or ridiculous medley.
They have a dance, which the wenches say is a gallimaufry
of gambols, because they are not in’t. Shakesp. Winter’s Tale.
The painter who, under pretence of diverting the eyes,
would fill his picture with such varieties as alter the truth of
history, would make a ridiculous piece of painting, and a
mere gallimaufry of his work. Dryden’s Dufresnoy.
3. It is used by Shakespeare ludicrously of a woman.
Sir John affects thy wife.
–Why, sir, my wife is not young.
–He wooes both high and low, both rich and poor;
He loves thy gallimaufry, friend. Shakespeare.



GA’IRISHNESS. n.s. [from gairish.]
I. Finery; flaunting gaudiness.
2. Flighty or extravagant joy.
Let your hope be without vanity, or garishness of spirit, but
sober, grave and silent. Taylor’s Rule of living holy.