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gorm

[gawrm] /gɔrm/
verb (used with object), Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
gaum.

gaum

or gorm

[gawm, gahm] /gɔm, gɑm/
verb (used with object), Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
to smear or cover with a gummy, sticky substance (often followed by up):
My clothes were gaumed up from that axle grease.
Origin of gaum
1790-1800
1790-1800; also British dial.; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for gorm
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  • "Take these traitors over to the gorm and let me look at their faces," he ordered.

    Pirates of the Gorm Nat Schachner
  • I'll tell you what, Mr. gorm, you'll find that something will come of it.

    Orley Farm

    Anthony Trollope
  • Apparently he also encouraged them to seek compensation in gorm's kingdom.

    Canute the Great Laurence Marcellus Larson
  • This compact was made between them, and she was betrothed to gorm.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
  • Just for a moment we doubted if that was safe for her, but gorm the Steward had the last word.

    A Sea Queen's Sailing Charles Whistler
  • gorm was not without gratitude; he caused the skull of the slayer to be set on the top of the priest's cairn.

    The Hyborian Age Robert E. Howard
  • And for every deed by Harald won, gorm laid more love on Knut alone.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • There dwells, according to gorm's saga, the giant Gudmund, with his sons and daughters.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
  • Then you give it a good rub round with your hands so as to go all over them, and then you can gorm them well over your face.

    The New Forest Spy George Manville Fenn
  • gorm's saga in Saxo makes the Danish adventurers leave sun and stars behind to continue the journey sub Chao.

    Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3 Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
British Dictionary definitions for gorm

gorm

/ˈɡɔːm/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a foolish person
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Word Origin and History for gorm
n.

"fool," 1912, perhaps from gormless.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gorm

gorm

verb

To eat voraciously

[1850+ Students; fr gormandize]

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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