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noun Archaic.
  1. twilight; gloaming.
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Origin of gloam

First recorded in 1815–25; back formation from gloaming
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Examples from the Web for gloam

Historical Examples

  • The next moment a vision of Scholar Gloam had risen before me.

    The Laughing Mill and Other Stories

    Julian Hawthorne

  • Gloam used to say that he had brought me back from death to life; but it was not so.

  • Well, now, as touching Scholar Gloam, he died nigh a score of years ago; leastways he knocked off living in the body.

  • They brought the yellow-haired little maiden to the mill (ran the story), and Gloam called her Swanhilda.

  • Gloam was too plainly in a state of delirious frenzy, if he were not actually mad.

Word Origin and History for gloam

1821 (Keats), a back-formation from gloaming.

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