Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An unsophisticated person; a yokel.
  • noun A patient considered irksome by a health care provider, especially a patient with chronic complaints that are trivial or unresponsive to repeated treatment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as homer.
  • noun A particular form of chamber in ordnance, consisting in a conical narrowing of the bore toward its inner end. It was devised for the service of mortars in the wars of the first Napoleon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gun.) A conical chamber at the breech of the bore in heavy ordnance, especially in mortars; -- named after the inventor.
  • noun A Hebrew measure. See homer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A Hebrew measure of dry weight.
  • noun A conical chamber at the breech of the bore in heavy ordnance, especially in mortars.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Gomer , Pyle, yokel character in the television series The Andy Griffith Show.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Gomer, the inventor's name.

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  • "Tony Rose, a former E.R. nurse, explained the occupational vocabulary: '13 Willie' is code for midtown paramedics (10, Manhattan; 3, midtown; W, paramedics); 'buses' are New York ambulances (they're 'rigs' or 'trucks' elsewhere); 'gomers' are frequent customers. "It stands for 'Get out of my emergency room,", Rose said."

    - The New Yorker, September 17, 2007, Talk of the Town, 911 Dept.: Last Call

    September 21, 2007