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gormless

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From dialectal English gaum (understanding) +‎ -less (without), from Old Norse gaum, 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 understanding; foolish.

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