- lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.
Origin of gormless
First recorded in 1880–90; respelling of earlier gaumless
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- British informal stupid; dull
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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