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Etymology 1[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • gawming (chiefly UK, but also used in the US)



  1. (chiefly US, dialectal, New England) Clumsy, lumbering, stupid.
    • 1894, The Atlantic Monthly, volume 73, page 771:
      He was a giant fellow, -— a "great gorming cutter,” Samantha Ann Millikeu called him; but if he had held up his head and straightened his broad shoulders, he would have been thought a man of splendid presence.
    • 1913, Kate Douglas Wiggin, The story of Waitstill Baxter, page 134:
      [] to help satisfy the ravenous appetites of that couple of "great, gorming, greedy lubbers" that he was hiring this year.
    • 1937, The Atlantic Monthly, volume 159, page 638:
      "Great, gorming thing," he announced, and removed himself rapidly from its vicinity.
    • 1966, The Yale Literary Magazine, volume 135, issue 1, page 47:
      A streak of lack, no get-up-and-go, always late in the tide, not sprawl enough to dig his potatoes, no faculty at all, a gump, a gawk, a gowk, a goop, a great gorming lummox. How the townsmen poured it on! But he wasn't like that, I swear.


Etymology 2[edit]



  1. present participle of gorm