Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
From (etyl) .
(Ireland) A foolish person.
* 1926 , , (The Plough and the Stars) , Act II, 173:
* 2007 , John Maher, The Luck Penny , page 145:
- Fluther: ... You must think Fluther's a right gom .
* 2013 , Outrageous Pride (ISBN 1626229058)
- And that's the why I made up my mind to go out to Willie Hill's. To stand my ground in front of that little minx. Because I felt, to tell the God's truth, that little Lorna Lovegrove, out in Willie Hill's, was making a right gom out of me.
* 2014 , Martha Long, Ma, I'm Gettin Meself a New Mammy (ISBN 160980502X):
- He had a sinking feeling that he'd made a right gom of himself, hanging onto her until the last before she departed
- "Yeah! She's a right gom ! Sister Eleanor probably got her an old-age pensioner to keep her company for the Christmas!"
Variant of (m).
* 1911 , Why moles have hands'', in ''The Wit and Humor of America , edited by Marshall Pinckney Wilder, page 206:
- ev'y toof in his jaws gwine come bustin' thu his goms widout nair' a ache er a pain ter let him know dey's dar.
* 1804 , an entry in the Theatrical Journal'' of ''The European Magazine: And London Review , volume 45, page 373:
* 1829 , The Humours of Vauxhall'', in ''The Universal Songster, Or Museum of Mirth , volume 2, page 164:
- There's a Lad, too, from York— but tho' he's a strange elf, / By gom ! I respect him as much as myself,
* 1861 , The Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer , volumes 9-10, page 36:
- O dang it, Roger, did 'e ever see sich a sight afore? My gom ! what a glorious lumination like! My goles! what a mort of gentry-folk!
* 1908 , Edmund Mackenzie Sneyd-Kynnersley, H. M. I.: Some Passages in the Life of One of H. M. Inspectors of Schools , page 224:
- "l'll drink as much cider as you 'plase, but by gom , sir, you munna come here to bork the trees over again."
- Robert took courage : "Eh, by gom , no. It wasn't hereabouts."