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Definition gaum

Etymology 1

The noun is from dialectal (Northern) English, from Middle English gome, from Old Norse gaum, gaumr (“heed, attention”), from Proto-Germanic *gaumō (“attention”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰowe- (“to heed, pay attention”). The verb is from Middle English *gomen, from the noun. Compare native Middle English yemen, from Old English ġīeman (“to care for, heed”), and Gothic ??????? (gaumjan, “observe”).

Noun

gaum (plural gaums)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, rare) Heed; attention.
Verb

gaum (third-person singular simple present gaums, present participle gauming, simple past and past participle gaumed)

  1. (dialectal, obsolete) To understand; comprehend; consider.

Etymology 2

Uncertain; perhaps a variant of gum.

Verb

gaum (third-person singular simple present gaums, present participle gauming, simple past and past participle gaumed)

  1. (US and Britain, dialectal, chiefly Midlands, Southern US, Appalachia) To smear.

Etymology 3

Unknown. Possibly related to gaum (“smear”, verb).

Noun

gaum (uncountable)

  1. (Appalachia and other dialectal, rare) Grime.

Etymology 4

Unknown.

Noun

gaum (uncountable)

  1. (dialectal, rare) A bit, a small amount.

Etymology 5

Probably a variant of gom (an Irish English slang term for a foolish person), but possibly related to or influenced by gorming, gawming (“clumsy, stupid”).

Noun

gaum (plural gaums)

  1. (rare, dialectal or colloquial) A useless person.

Etymology 6

Variant of gorm (“to make a mess of”), which see for more.

Verb

gaum (third-person singular simple present gaums, present participle gauming, simple past and past participle gaumed)

  1. Alternative form of gorm (to make a mess of).

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