Our Spelling Lists by Phonogram section includes lists of all commonly known base words using a particular rarely used phonogram, lists of all commonly known words using a particular phonogram in a particular way, and lists of sample words that use a particular spelling pattern.

GN - Words Spelled with GN

This spelling list contains all the known base words beginning and ending with the phonogram GN. Though the G is clearly a silent letter in these base words, the G sound reappears in several cognates. Though many people argue for English spelling reform, when we consider the connection in meaning between these words and their cognates, the reason for the spelling becomes clear. Without the visual reminder that the G provides, these vocabulary connections would disappear.

Words beginning with the phonogram GN.

  1. gnarl
  2. gnash
  3. gnat
  4. gnaw
  5. gnome
  6. gnostic     agnostic
  7. gnu

Words ending with the phonogram GN.

  1. align
  2. arraign
  3. assign
  4. benign
  5. campaign
  6. champaign
  7. consign
  8. cosign
  9. deign
  10. design    designate
  11. feign
  12. foreign
  13. impugn
  14. malign    malignant
  15. reign
  16. resign    resignation
  17. sign      signify, signal
  18. sovereign

There are also a few foreign words which use the phonogram GN in the middle.

  1. bologna
  2. vignette
  3. poignant

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