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adjective, gum·mi·er, gum·mi·est.
  1. of, resembling, or of the consistency of gum; viscid; mucilaginous.
  2. covered with or clogged by gum or sticky matter.
  3. exuding gum.

Origin of gummy

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at gum1, -y1
Related formsgum·mi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for gummy

adhesive, mucilaginous, viscid, cohesive, gluey

Examples from the Web for gummy

Contemporary Examples of gummy

Historical Examples of gummy

  • The juice yielded was thick and gummy, and of a sweetish taste.

  • He was full of happiness, gummy with it, like a plum ripe for pluckingor falling.

    Old Mole

    Gilbert Cannan

  • But always there was the gummy mud, smelling of what I knew was below, to lead me on.

  • You run down to this number and get a good, gummy, pathetic yarn.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • In the gummy soils of the Dakotas, a long slant cut is the best.

    The Conquest

    Oscar Micheaux

British Dictionary definitions for gummy


adjective -mier or -miest
  1. sticky or tacky
  2. consisting of, coated with, or clogged by gum or a similar substance
  3. producing gum
Derived Formsgumminess, noun

Word Origin for gummy

C14: from gum 1 + -y 1


adjective -mier or -miest
  1. toothless; not showing one's teeth
noun plural -mies
  1. Australian a small crustacean-eating shark, Mustelus antarcticus, with bony ridges resembling gums in its mouth
  2. NZ an old ewe that has lost its incisor teeth
Derived Formsgummily, adverb

Word Origin for gummy

C20: from gum ² + -y 1
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Word Origin and History for gummy

late 14c., from gum (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Gumminess.

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