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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Definitions for gormless

  1. Chiefly British Informal. lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.

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Citations for gormless
She was clearly a gormless girl, and just as clearly an ideal match for his gormless grandson. Tom Sharpe, The Throwback, 1978
Stephen Fry has made a comic career out of English snobbery and embarrassment -- in his clever, affable, best-selling novels ... and in his acting career, in which he has played his fair share of awkward, gormless, stiff-upper-lipped types, some of whom have sat behind wooden desks, talking nonsense, in a way that has made it easy to think of Fry as the heir of one of his great heroes, John Cleese. Ian Parker, "Born to Be Wilde," New York Times, May 3, 1998
Origin of gormless
1880-1890
Gormless is a variation on the earlier term gaumless, based on the Scots and Northern English gaum meaning "heed, attention."