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[koom] /kum/
noun, Chiefly Scot. and North England.
soot; coal dust; smut.
dust, especially sawdust or dust from a gristmill.
grease from bearings, axles, etc.
Origin of coom
First recorded in 1580-90; variant of culm1 Unabridged
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  • Wull, as I coom down the hill, I zeed a saight of volks astapping of the ro-udwai.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • Postman's coom over fra' Drigg wi' a letter—will it be for wan of ye?'

    The Giant's Robe F. Anstey
  • "coom down," he clenched the bargain; and set about shipping the sweeps.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • coom down and fill your pockets,And I'll giss you like efery dings.

  • coom when yo like; I've not mony books, but yo know yo can have 'em aw.

    The History of David Grieve Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Yo' didna know her when she coom here, an' no one else guessed at th' truth.

    "Seth" Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • coom alang, Rufus, and we'll wrestle with the pots and pans!

  • "Vell, you say coom dree o'clock," said a harsh voice behind them.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • Sophy talks shockingly broad; she says, “Aw wanted him to coom, boot he would not.”

    Out in the Forty-Five Emily Sarah Holt
  • Some la-ady that's coom by ill-luck in her o'ald age, and no friend to hand.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for coom


(dialect, mainly Scot & Northern English) waste material, such as dust from coal, grease from axles, etc
Word Origin
C16 (meaning: soot): probably a variant of culm1
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