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[goh-mer] /ˈgoʊ mər/
noun, Slang.
an undesirable hospital patient.
an enemy aviator, especially in a dogfight.
Origin of gomer
First recorded in 1965-70; of disputed orig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • gomer stands for the Germans in part, for those who descended from gomer.

  • The gomer chamber (which see) is generally adopted in our service.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • According to the genealogy in Genesis, gomer is the eldest son of Japhet.

  • How had the star of this daughter of gomer waxed, while the star of these Cymry, his sons, had waned!

    Celtic Literature Matthew Arnold
  • That the descendants of the gomer moved northward and established themselves in parts of Germany seems to be an established fact.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • Perhaps my youngest brother gomer, gifted with more energy, ability and perseverance than myself, may some day undertake the task.

Slang definitions & phrases for gomer



  1. A patient needing extensive care; a vegetative comatose patient: We got a real gomer in from ICU yesterday/ He says the guy's a total gomer now (1960s+ Medical)
  2. A first-year Air Force Academy cadet, esp a clumsy trainee (1950s+)

[origin uncertain; medical sense said to be an acronym of ''get out of my emergency room'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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