gormless(redirected from gormlessness)
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adj. Chiefly British
Lacking intelligence or vitality; stupid or dull.
[From dialectal gawm, sense, from Middle English gome, notice, from Old Norse gaumr.]
informal Brit stupid; dull
[C19: variant of C18 gaumless, from dialect gome, from Old English gom, gome, from Old Norse gaumr heed]
adj. Chiefly Brit. Informal.
[1880–90; resp. by speakers with r-less accents of earlier gaumless < dial. (Scots, N England) gaum heed, attention (Middle English gome < Old Norse gaumr)]