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From Middle English gounde, gownde, from Old English gund (matter, pus, poison), from Proto-Germanic *gundaz (sore, boil), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰendʰ- (ulcer, sore, abscess, boil). Cognate with Old High German gunt (purulent matter), dialectal Norwegian gund (the scab of an ulcer).



gound (uncountable)

  1. (Britain dialectal) Mucus produced by the eyes during sleep.
    • 2002, Peter Novobatzky, Ammon Shea, Depraved and Insulting English:
      Typical terms invented to fill this vacuum include sleepies, eye-snot, and bed-boogers. The correct word, however, is gound. "Collin was never one to dillydally in the morning: by the time he had rubbed the gound out of his eyes he was usually on his third Manhattan."
    • 2004, Bart King, Chris Sabatino, The Big Book of Boy Stuff:
      Your eyes get dried mucus in them while you sleep. The stuff is sometimes called bed-boogers or eye-snot, but to be accurate, it is "gound".
    • 2016, Darla Duhaime, Gross Body Stuff, page 16:
      Your eyes have their own goo, too. You know that crud in the corners of your eyes when you first wake up? It's a type of rheum called gound. When you're awake, you blink away the gound.
    • 2017, Carol Ann Rinzler, Spare Parts: In Praise of Your Appendix and Other Unappreciated Organs:
      While you sleep, however, your rheum bundles detritus such as dust, blood cells, skin cells, and mucus into gound, the gummy yellow-y stuff sometimes known as “sleep” []
  2. (Britain dialectal) Gummy matter in sore eyes.


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