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  • adj. Alternative spelling of gormless.


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  • (adjective) - (1) Within Lancashire, to gawm is to understand or comprehend, and a man is said to gawm that which he can hold in his hand. For this reason, a person is said there to be gawmless when his fingers are so cold and frozen that he has not proper use of them. --Rev. John Watson's Uncommon Words Used in Halifax, 1775 (2) Heedless; careless; inattentive. Senseless; vacant; lubberly. --Joseph Wright's English Dialect Dictionary, 1896-1905

    February 5, 2018

  • "my untrained ears" made me think of obedience school for ears... *snort*

    January 2, 2009

  • Interesting. In what dialect or region, do you know? I've never heard it before but it sounds (to my untrained ears) suspiciously like a Newfoundlandish term. Signed, Too Lazy to Go Look for Herself.


    Edit: Okay, so I went and looked anyway. Explanations here and here. Of Scots origin? Still, neither of these alternate spellings/definitions is as precise as this one. And none of the spellings I came up with are in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English. *disappointed*

    January 1, 2009

  • having hands so cold that they've lost their function

    January 1, 2009