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From Middle English gound, 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. 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".
    • 2009, Ammon Shea, Reading the OED:
      The gunk that collects in the corners of the eyes. Gound is the perfect example of a word that is practically useless, and yet still nice to know.
  2. (Britain dialectal) Gummy matter in sore eyes.


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