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Definition gum

Etymology 1

From Middle English gome, from Old English gōma (“palate”), from Proto-Germanic *gōmô, *gaumô (“palate”) (compare German Gaumen, Old Norse gómr (whence Icelandic gómur)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂u-mo- (compare Tocharian A ko, Tocharian B koyṃ (“mouth”), Lithuanian gomurỹs (“palate”)), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeh₂w- (“to gape, yawn”). More at yawn.

Noun

gum (plural gums)

  1. (often in the plural) The flesh around the teeth.
Verb

gum (third-person singular simple present gums, present participle gumming, simple past and past participle gummed)

  1. To chew, especially of a toothless person or animal.
  2. (transitive) To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw), as with a gummer.

Etymology 2

From Middle English gomme, gumme, borrowed from Anglo-Norman gome, from Late Latin gumma, from Latin cummi, gummi, from Ancient Greek κόμμι (kómmi), from Egyptian qmy (“anointing oil”), qmyt (“acanthus resin, gum”). Cognate with Spanish goma (“rubber”).

Noun

gum (countable and uncountable, plural gums)

  1. (chiefly uncountable) Any of various viscous or sticky substances that are exuded by certain plants.
  2. (chiefly uncountable) Any viscous or sticky substance resembling those that are exuded by certain plants.
  3. (chiefly uncountable) Chewing gum.
  4. (countable) A single piece of chewing gum.
  5. (South Africa, often in the plural) A gummi candy.
  6. (US, dialectal, Southern US) A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive.
  7. (US, dialectal, Southern US) A vessel or bin made from a hollow log.
  8. (US, dialectal) A rubber overshoe.
  9. A gum tree.
Verb

gum (third-person singular simple present gums, present participle gumming, simple past and past participle gummed)

  1. (sometimes with up) To apply an adhesive or gum to; to make sticky by applying a sticky substance to.
  2. To stiffen with glue or gum.
  3. (colloquial, with up) To impair the functioning of a thing or process.

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