from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Gummy matter in sore eyes.
  • noun An obsolete or dialectal form of gown.

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

  • noun Mucus produced by the eyes during sleep.
  • noun Gummy matter in sore eyes.


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From Middle English gound, gownde, from Old English gund ("matter, pus, poison"), from Proto-Germanic *gundaz (“sore, boil”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰendʰ- (“ulcer, sore, abscess, boil”). Cognate with Old High German gunt ("purulent matter"), Norwegian dialectal gund ("the scab of an ulcer").



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  • The stuff that collects in the corners of the eyes during sleep.

    No, seriously.

    March 1, 2007

  • What about sleepy dust?

    March 1, 2007

  • Nope. Just doesn't do the job. It has to be gound. ;-)

    March 1, 2007

  • Hey, I looked this up to get the pronunciation? And it says "foul matter, especially that secreted by the eyes." Wow! *Any* foul matter?! Like... Specific Excrement ???

    Also, since it's considered obsolete, there's no pronunciation listed. :(

    March 1, 2007

  • I think (nay, hope) it rhymes with ZOUNDS!.

    March 1, 2007

  • I hope so too, u--but apparently in olden times it was spelled "gund," which doesn't look promising for the "zounds" pronunciation. And M-W isn't talking unless I pay up, the bastard.

    One amusing aside--run a Google search on this and you'll find every poor sucker who misspelled "ground." Amazing. "Gound-level ozone." "UPS Gound!" "Higher Gound." "Above-gound pools!"

    Eew. Eye stuff all over the place.

    March 2, 2007

  • Googling For Stupidity! The next Olympic event. ;-)

    By the way, and my favorite result was "Wedding Gound Pictures." How hard is it to spell gown?

    March 2, 2007

  • But wait! More info at this blog!

    I wonder whether Daniel's a Wordie. Wait...Daniel? Are you here? *looking around suspiciously*

    March 2, 2007

  • As a matter of fact, that Daniel is none other than... someone else! Ain't that a coinkydink?

    March 2, 2007

  • also known as bed-boogers, eye-snot, or sleepies.

    Medically described as 'mucopurulent discharge'.

    January 14, 2008