Definition of gannet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡanət/


1A large seabird with mainly white plumage, known for catching fish by plunge-diving.
Example sentences
  • Here, you can watch seabirds such as gannets and puffins up close - or stay inside and watch live videos, using remote control television cameras, from the nearby seabird colonies.
  • While there are few wild animals in Iceland, there is abundant birdlife - ducks, geese and, among the many sea-birds I spotted, petrels, puffins, tern, gannets, skuas and shearwaters.
  • Usually you can expect to see great numbers of pelagic birds - gannets, shearwaters, jaegers, storm-petrels, alcids - that live mainly at sea.
2British informal A greedy person.
Example sentences
  • Do you find yourself saying "I shouldn't eat that, but I'm such a gannet that I'm going to"?


Old English ganot, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gent 'gander', also to gander.

  • Old English ganot is Germanic in origin and related to Dutch gent ‘gander’. The word is used sometimes to describe a greedy person—first used of a greedy sailor in 1920s slang.

Words that rhyme with gannet

granite, Janet, planet
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