Foolish vs Gom - What's the difference?

foolish | gom |

As an adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun gom is

(ireland) a foolish person or gom can be (appalachian).

As an interjection gom is





  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *: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.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * gawm


    (en noun)
  • (Ireland) A foolish person.
  • * 1926 , , (The Plough and the Stars) , Act II, 173:
  • Fluther: ... You must think Fluther's a right gom .
  • * 2007 , John Maher, The Luck Penny , page 145:
  • 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.
  • * 2013 , Outrageous Pride (ISBN 1626229058)
  • He had a sinking feeling that he'd made a right gom of himself, hanging onto her until the last before she departed
  • * 2014 , Martha Long, Ma, I'm Gettin Meself a New Mammy (ISBN 160980502X):
  • "Yeah! She's a right gom ! Sister Eleanor probably got her an old-age pensioner to keep her company for the Christmas!"

    Etymology 2

    Variant of (m).


    (en noun)
  • (Appalachian)
  • * 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.

    Etymology 3

    Minced oath.


    (en interjection)
  • God!
  • * 1804 , an entry in the Theatrical Journal'' of ''The European Magazine: And London Review , volume 45, page 373:
  • There's a Lad, too, from York— but tho' he's a strange elf, / By gom ! I respect him as much as myself,
  • * 1829 , The Humours of Vauxhall'', in ''The Universal Songster, Or Museum of Mirth , volume 2, page 164:
  • 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!
  • * 1861 , The Entomologist's Weekly Intelligencer , volumes 9-10, page 36:
  • "l'll drink as much cider as you 'plase, but by gom , sir, you munna come here to bork the trees over again."
  • * 1908 , Edmund Mackenzie Sneyd-Kynnersley, H. M. I.: Some Passages in the Life of One of H. M. Inspectors of Schools , page 224:
  • Robert took courage : "Eh, by gom , no. It wasn't hereabouts."


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