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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:
      November 24. This Day I've spent some Time in my Closet, have been but ill to Day of Tumour in my Goom which is this Afternoon burst.
    • 1833, Asa Greene, The Life and Adventures of Dr. Dodimus Duckworth, volume 2, page 5:
      "I'm cutting the goom," replied the student.
      "You've got the wrong tooth," roared the man.
    • 1898, The Outlook, page 69:
      Oh, just put a little hunk on the ‘ goom ’ over the tooth. I s'pose it kind o' stim-a-lates it."
    • 1907, William Carew Hazlitt, English Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases:
      Soon in the goom [gum], quick in the womb.
    • 1949, Cleone N. Collins, 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, 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
      "No, don't bother, it's only a bottle of goom."
    • 2007, James Maxey, Bitterwood →ISBN, 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, 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