from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An outcry; noise.
  • v. To cry out; make a loud, unpleasant noise; shriek; yell.
  • v. To scold; grumble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cry out; make a loud unpleasant noise.
  • To scold; grumble.
  • n. An outcry; a noise.


From Middle English ȝarmen, ȝermen, from Old English gyrman, ġierman ("to cry, mourn, cry out, roar, lament"), from Proto-Germanic *germijanan (“to bleat”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Scots yirm ("to whine, wail"), Danish dialectal jærme ("to lament, shriek"), Norwegian dialectal jerme ("to bleat"), Swedish dialectal jarma ("to lament, shriek"), Icelandic jarma ("to whine, complain, bleat"). Compare Albanian jerm ("to rave, be delirious"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ȝarm, from ȝarmen. (Wiktionary)



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