adjective Chiefly British Informal.

lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.

Nearby words

  1. gorlovka,
  2. gorm,
  3. gorman's syndrome,
  4. gormand,
  5. gormandize,
  6. gorno-altai autonomous region,
  7. gorno-altai republic,
  8. gorno-badakhshan autonomous region,
  9. gorno-badakhshan autonomous republic,
  10. gorp

Origin of gormless

First recorded in 1880–90; respelling of earlier gaumless

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British Dictionary definitions for gormless



British informal stupid; dull

Word Origin for gormless

C19: variant of C18 gaumless, from dialect gome, from Old English gom, gome, from Old Norse gaumr heed

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Word Origin and History for gormless



c.1746, "wanting sense," a British dialectal word, from gome "notice, understanding" (c.1200), from Old Norse gaumr "care, heed," of unknown origin; + -less.

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