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Etymology 1[edit]

A dialectal variant of gum.


goom (plural gooms)

  1. (obsolete outside dialects) Alternative form of gum
    • 1738 November 24, Richard Kay, Diary:, in an article published in Tic, the journal of the Ticonium Company:
      "And Doc will you take a look at my ‘goom’? I want my plates tight, so they won't drop or bob. Say Doc, will I be able to eat corn on the cob?"
    • 1973, Northwest dentistry, volume 52, page 94:
      Why didn't you just pull it? My goom still has a sore where you put that needle.

Etymology 2[edit]


goom (uncountable)

  1. (especially Australia) methylated spirits.
    • 1988, Ruby Langford, ‎Susan Hampton, Don't Take Your Love to Town, page 106:
      I rushed to see what was wrong and I could smell metho on his breath. 'Robbie, who gave you the goom?'
    • 1993, Mudrooroo, The aboriginal protestors confront the declaration of the Australian Republic, in The Mudrooroo/Müller Project: A Theatrical Casebook ISBN 0868402370, page 107
      THE BUREAUCRAT I didn't touch him; I didn't touch him. The goom's got him.
      BOB He doesn't drink, mate. His system's not up to it.
    • 2000, Herb Wharton, Unbranded ISBN 0702244678
      "No, don't bother, it's only a bottle of goom."
    • 2007, James Maxey, Bitterwood ISBN 184416487X, page 181:
      He popped the cork to unleash the powerful, musk- sharp stench of goom, a powerful alcohol distilled from wild swamp cabbage and seasoned with cayenne. [] The goom spilled all over his torso. The burning sensation wasn't unpleasant.
    • 2009, Chloe Hooper, Tall Man: The Death of Doomadgee ISBN 1416594590, page 200:
      Zillman: "And he also had some goom, didn't he?"
      Kidner: "Yeah, methylated spirits."



Middle English[edit]


From Old English guma.



  1. man
    • a. 1450, Arthur (Marquis of Bath's MS):
      Kynges & Erles Echon. Þes were; & many anoþer goom