from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Upper Southern U.S. To smudge or smear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. attention, understanding
- v. To understand; distinguish; consider
- v. To pay attention to; take note of; notice
- v. To fear
- v. To handle improperly
- v. To smear; maul
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To understand; consider; distinguish.
- To smear, as with anything sticky.
- To handle clumsily; paw.
Perhaps alteration of obsolete gome, grease, variant of coom, soot, mixture of dirt and axle grease, variant of culm2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English (dialectal) gome, from Old Norse gaumr, gaum ("heed, attention"), from Proto-Germanic *gaumō (“attention”). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *gomen, from the noun. See above. (Wiktionary)