Definitions

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  • n. A silly foolish person
  • n. variant of gum: gunk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See goom.

Etymologies

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From the Irish gám.

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Middle English gomme, gumme, from Anglo-Norman gome, from Late Latin gumma, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Ancient Greek κόμμι (kómmi), from Egyptian ḳmj-t (qemỵt, qemài) 'acanthus resin'.

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  • Gladstone's nickname was "Grand Old Man", or GOM. Disraeli's comment was that GOM actually stood for "God's Only Mistake".

    March 16, 2009

  • "'He'll settle down,' said Nancy, blithely unconscious of the volcano of emotion under her feet. 'A poor gom like that, brought up in the wilds, what more could you expect?'"

    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Cheapjack'.

    September 6, 2008