or gorm

[gawm, gahm]
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; also British dial.; of uncertain origin
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Examples from the Web for gormed

Historical Examples of gormed

  • If the house be in disorder it is said to be all gormed or gaumed up, or things are just in a mommick.

  • You see that streak there—that's all gormed up with something or other.

  • You tip this ol' bufflehead into sea,' you said, 'an' gormed if I don't give 'ee a gould savrin.'

  • I got a heap o' cleanin' ter do—dem steps is all gormed up, dey's dat dirty.

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    F. Hopkinson Smith

British Dictionary definitions for gormed


  1. Northern English dialect a foolish person
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Word Origin and History for gormed



"fool," 1912, perhaps from gormless.

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