From Middle English walmen (“to surge, bubble forth, pour forth”), from walm, walme (“a gush, surge”), from Old English wælm, welm, wylm, wielm, wilm (“that which wells, a fount, stream, spring, source, surge”), from Proto-West Germanic *walmi, *walmu, from Proto-Germanic *walmiz, *walmuz.
- (obsolete) To roll; to spout; to boil up.
- 1845(?), A view of Devonshire in 1630, with a Pedigree of most of its gentry, page 344:
- It serveth the inhabitants with fresh water walming out of springs, though itself be on all sides circumpassed about with the sea.
- 1905, The Myths of Plato, page 442:
- […] a mighty huge hole or gulf all round, in manner of a hollow globe cut through the midst, exceeding deep and horrible to see to, full of much darkness, and the same not quiet and still, but turbulent and oftentimes boiling and walming upward, out of which there might be heard innumerable roarings and groanings of beasts, cries and wrawlings of an infinite number of children, […]