gormlessness
noun see gormless

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  • gormlessness — gormless ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ stupid or slow witted. DERIVATIVES gormlessly adverb gormlessness noun. ORIGIN from dialect gaum «understanding», from an Old Norse word meaning care, heed …   English terms dictionary

  • gormlessness — noun the state of being gormless …   Wiktionary

  • gormless — adjective Etymology: alteration of English dialect gaumless, from gaum attention, understanding (from Middle English gome, from Old Norse gaum, gaumr) + less Date: 1883 chiefly British lacking intelligence ; stupid • gormlessness noun, chiefly… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sonopuncture — n. A treatment program that uses sound waves to stimulate the same areas of the body used by acupuncture. sonopuncturist n. Example Citations: Sonopuncture is similar to acupuncture, but an ultrasound device that transmits sound waves is applied… …   New words

  • gormless — adjective Brit. informal lacking sense or initiative. Derivatives gormlessly adverb gormlessness noun Origin C18 (orig. as gaumless): from dialect gaum understanding (from ON gaumr care, heed ) + less …   English new terms dictionary

  • gormless — adjective BrE informal stupid, especially in appearance: a gormless grin gormlessly adverb gormlessness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gormless — /ˈgɔmləs / (say gawmluhs) adjective Colloquial (of a person) dull; stupid; senseless. {variant of dialect gaumless, from gaum attention, heed (from Old Norse gaumr) + less} –gormlessness, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • gormless — ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ stupid or slow witted. DERIVATIVES gormlessly adverb gormlessness noun. ORIGIN from dialect gaum «understanding», from an Old Norse word meaning care, heed …   English terms dictionary

  • gormlessly — gormless ► ADJECTIVE Brit. informal ▪ stupid or slow witted. DERIVATIVES gormlessly adverb gormlessness noun. ORIGIN from dialect gaum «understanding», from an Old Norse word meaning care, heed …   English terms dictionary

  • gormless — adj. esp. Brit. colloq. foolish, lacking sense. Derivatives: gormlessly adv. gormlessness n. Etymology: orig. gaumless f. dial. gaum understanding …   Useful english dictionary

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