Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

Etymologies

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From Middle English ȝarm, from ȝarmen.

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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").

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