[ gan-it ]
/ ˈgæn ɪt /


any large, web-footed, seabird of the family Sulidae, having a sharply pointed bill, long wings, and a wedge-shaped tail, noted for its plunging dives for fish.

Nearby words

  1. gangue,
  2. gangway,
  3. ganister,
  4. ganja,
  5. gank,
  6. gannett,
  7. gannett, henry,
  8. ganof,
  9. ganoid,
  10. ganoin

Origin of gannet

before 900; Middle English; Old English ganot; akin to Dutch gent gander Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gannet


/ (ˈɡænɪt) /


any of several heavily built marine birds of the genus Morus (or Sula), having a long stout bill and typically white plumage with dark markings: family Sulidae, order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)See also booby (def. 3)
slang a gluttonous or greedy person

Word Origin for gannet

Old English ganot; related to Old High German gannazzo gander

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Word Origin and History for gannet



Old English ganot "gannet, sea-bird, water fowl," from Proto-Germanic *ganito (cf. Dutch gent, Middle High German ganiz, Old High German ganazzo), from PIE *ghans- (see goose). Old French gante is from Germanic.

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