gormless

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From English dialectal gaum (understanding) +‎ -less (without), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gaumaz, *gaumō (understand). The ‘r’ found in this spelling is a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English.

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gormless (comparative more gormless, superlative most gormless)

  1. (chiefly UK, of a person) Lacking intelligence, sense or discernment, often implying lack of capacity of will to remedy the condition.
  2. (UK) Inexperienced, naïve, innocent to the point of foolishness.

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