Gare Naval To Gare up. When two ships meet and need to pass in the Suez Canal one has to be stopped, secured to the bank. The operation of securing the ship to the bank of the canal is known as Garing (up).
G.C.M.G Abbreviation Knight Grand Cross of St. Michael & St. George
Gerbauchs India A swivel gun.
Ghadi India A throne.
Gharry India A 2 wheeled passenger carriage. Also Ghari.
Ghazal India An Urdu poem, usually with romantic overtones.
Ghazi India A Muslim holy warrior - a fanatic intending to die killing a non believer and so able to enter Paradise.
Ghora Wallah India A groom or a carriage driver
Gimlette Naval Common name for gin laced with lime juice cordial. The name comes from the name of the naval surgeon - Gimlette - who introduced this drink as a means of inducing his messmates to take lime juice as an anti-scorbutic.
Golondaz India A gunner.
Goomtasha India An envoy or an agent.
Goonda India A potentially violent criminal hooligan.
Gozo Malta The second largest of the five Maltese islands. A Maltese rating's time-honoured explanation of his failure to carry out an order is to maintain that the order was not given to him but to his "brother from Gozo."
Gozo Boat Naval A two-masted sailing boat (usually nowadays with auxiliary engine) indigenous to Gozo. Lateen rigged, brightly painted, with high stern.
Grape Shot Naval A series of layers of iron balls kept in place round a central spindle by holes in (or indentations in either side or) circular iron plates which would just fit the bore of the appropriate cannon. When the shot was fired the balls freed themselves from their retaining plates and scattered.
Gujar India A professional (and hereditary) brigand or thief. Also Goojar.
Gunwhale Naval The name (pronounced GUN'L) given to the uppermost line of planking of a boat's sides. In the old ships the upper tier of guns used to fire over the top planking which was therefore specially strengthened by "whales".
Gurdwara India A Sikh temple.
Guru India A teacher or a wise man.
Guzz Naval Short for `Guzzle' this is the sailors' name for Devonport. It is said to have originated in the old sailing warships whose crews, on returning to Devonport after years of absence, made up for lost time by eating and drinking ravenously all the good things that the West country can provide.