Idioms for gum

    gum up the works. work(def 51).

Origin of gum

1
1350–1400; Middle English gomme < Old French < Vulgar Latin *gumma, for Latin gummi, cummi < Greek kómmi

OTHER WORDS FROM gum

gum·less, adjectivegum·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gum up (1 of 5)

gum up

verb (tr, adverb)

to cover, dab, or stiffen with gum
informal to make a mess of; bungle (often in the phrase gum up the works)

British Dictionary definitions for gum up (2 of 5)

GUM

abbreviation for

genitourinary medicine

British Dictionary definitions for gum up (3 of 5)

gum1
/ (ɡʌm) /

noun

verb gums, gumming or gummed

See also gum up

Derived forms of gum

gumless, adjectivegumlike, adjective

Word Origin for gum

C14: from Old French gomme, from Latin gummi, from Greek kommi, from Egyptian kemai

British Dictionary definitions for gum up (4 of 5)

gum2
/ (ɡʌm) /

noun

the fleshy tissue that covers the jawbones around the bases of the teethTechnical name: gingiva Related adjective: gingival

Word Origin for gum

Old English gōma jaw; related to Old Norse gōmr, Middle High German gūme, Lithuanian gomurīs

British Dictionary definitions for gum up (5 of 5)

gum3
/ (ɡʌm) /

noun

used in the mild oath by gum!

Word Origin for gum

C19: euphemism for God
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Scientific definitions for gum up (1 of 2)

gum1
[ gŭm ]

Any of various sticky substances that are produced by certain plants and trees and dry into brittle solids soluble in water. Gums typically are colloidal mixtures of polysaccharides and mineral salts.

Scientific definitions for gum up (2 of 2)

gum2
[ gŭm ]

See gingiva.
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Idioms and Phrases with gum up

gum up

Ruin or bungle something, as in The front office has gummed up the sales campaign thoroughly. This idiom is also put as gum up the works, as in John's changes in procedures have gummed up the works in the shipping department. [Slang; c. 1900]

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