[goh-luh m, -lem]
- Jewish Folklore. a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
- a stupid and clumsy person; blockhead.
- an automaton.
Origin of golem
1895–1900; (< Yiddish goylem) < Hebrew gōlem embryo, larva, cocoon
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Examples from the Web for golem
Over the next decade, the Golem appeared in at least one poem, an opera, and a German film.
Due to rising global anti-Semitism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Golem had resurfaced in popular Jewish culture.
"Perhaps I'd better call the headwaiter, sir," the golem said stiffly.
"I knew you were a man as soon as I saw you talking to the golem," said the red-head.
His chest was heaving from his tantrum, but the presence of the golem calmed him.
The golem had dragged itself into this corner and had fallen to mud.
Slowly, gratingly, the golem turned and lumbered out of the cave, clumsy and ponderous.
- (in Jewish legend) an artificially created human being brought to life by supernatural means
from Yiddish goylem, from Hebrew gōlem formless thing
Word Origin and History for golem
"artificial man, automaton," 1897, from Hebrew golem [Psalm cxxxix:16] "shapeless mass, embryo," from galam "he wrapped up, folded."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper