Origin of ream1
verb (used with object)
- to scold or reprimand severely (usually followed by out).
- to cheat; defraud.
Origin of ream2
Examples from the Web for reams
Reams of lab results, refill requests, emails, and callbacks pop up continually on the computer screen.How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession|Daniela Drake|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But reams of data shows that incarceration creates more crime.
Your most grating acquaintance could – and usually would – bombard you with reams of unoriginal drivel at the press of a key.Unconsidered Trifles: Found Comedy in the Age of Social Media|Tom Doran|March 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There are Halo novels, miniseries, and reams of florid fan-fiction.David Fincher and Conan O’Brien: Halo 4’s Secret Weapons|Alex Klein|October 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Last Friday morning, reams of documents filled the room-there were more than 800 binders of them packed against one wall alone.Oligarch v. Oligarch: London's Courts Attract Litigious Tycoons|Mike Giglio|July 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Wretched it was,—worse, a great deal, than reams of poetry that is written by children about whom there is no fuss made.The Promised Land|Mary Antin
Wilson was now extricated from his perilous position, and with the 6th corps remained at Reams' Station three days.Campaign of the Fourteenth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers|J. Newton Terrill
Mr Cadell's "People's Editions" exhausted 227,631 reams, or 2848 tons.The Centenary Garland|Anonymous
"The sun rolling bounteous from Aries," and reams o' such molly slop rot.
Reams have been written about it, and they leave us none the wiser.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
Word Origin for ream
Word Origin for ream
"cream" (obsolete), Old English ream, from Proto-Germanic *raumoz (cf. Middle Dutch and Dutch room, German Rahm), of uncertain origin.
measure of paper, mid-14c., from Old French reyme, from Spanish resma, from Arabic rizmah "bundle" (of paper), from rasama "collect into a bundle." The Moors brought manufacture of cotton paper to Spain.
Early variant rym (late 15c.) suggests a Dutch influence (cf. Dutch riem), probably borrowed from Spanish during the time of Hapsburg control of Holland. For ordinary writing paper, 20 quires of 24 sheets each, or 480 sheets; often 500 or more to allow for waste; slightly different numbers for drawing or printing paper.
"to enlarge a hole," 1815, probably a southwest England dialectal survival from Middle English reme "to make room, open up," from Old English ryman "widen, extend, enlarge," from Proto-Germanic *rumijanan (cf. Old Saxon rumian, Old Norse ryma, Old Frisian rema, Old High German rumen "to make room, widen"), from *rumaz "spacious" (see room (n.)). Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" first recorded 1914; anal sex sense is from 1942. To ream (someone) out "scold, reprimand" is recorded from 1950.