Origin of dorm
First recorded in 1895–1900; by shortening
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Examples from the Web for dorm
I began walking right, towards my dorm, when I realized I needed to go to the hospital.
I answered his questions perfunctorily, begging off that I was soon to return to my dorm, as I was tired.
I never owned a copy but I knew people who did, and we spent hours in dorm rooms trying to decipher what was on it.Digging the Gold in Dylan’s ‘Basement’
November 5, 2014
The cyclist had turned the heads of the women in the dorm on his way back from the showers, wearing just a towel.When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan
August 20, 2014
No he-said-she-said, no muffled sounds through the dorm ceiling, no “Maybe he has other issues.”Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
May 27, 2014
Or maybe father would let us borrow the money and stay at the dorm.Prudence Says So
For instance, I happen to know that Wyatt breaks out of his dorm.
Probably Wain will want to see you, and tell you all about things, which is your dorm.
“Drop in at my office before you go to the dorm for the night,” she said.Jane Stewardess of the Air Lines
Ruthe S. Wheeler
"And you'd better get over to your dorm right away," Strong continued.The Revolt on Venus
- informal short for dormitory
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Word Origin and History for dorm
1900, colloquial shortening of dormitory.
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