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gormless

[gawrm-lis] /ˈgɔrm lɪs/
adjective, Chiefly British Informal.
1.
lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.
Origin
1880-1890
1880-90; respelling of earlier gaumless
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British Dictionary definitions for gormless

gormless

/ˈɡɔːmlɪs/
adjective
1.
(Brit, informal) stupid; dull
Word Origin
C19: variant of C18 gaumless, from dialect gome, from Old English gom, gome, from Old Norse gaumr heed
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Word Origin and History for gormless
adj.

c.1746, "wanting sense," a British dialectal word, from gome "notice, understanding" (c.1200), from Old Norse gaumr "care, heed," of unknown origin; + -less.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gormless

gormless

adjective

Stupid; slow-witted; dumb

[1746+ British; fr British dialect gaumless, ''half-silly,'' lacking gaum, ''understanding''; the dated sense is in the form gaumless; the entry spelling is found by 1883]


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