affected with woodworm
* 1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
- Thus, sitting where I was, I lit my candle once more, and then clambered across that great coffin which, for two hours or more, had been a mid-wall of partition between me and danger. But to get out of the niche was harder than to get in; for now that I had a candle to light me, I saw that the coffin, though sound enough to outer view, was wormed through and through, and little better than a rotten shell. So it was that I had some ado to get over it, not daring either to kneel upon it or to bring much weight to bear with my hand, lest it should go through.
A variant of (m) (from (etyl); compare (etyl) ), with the ‘r’ being a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English. See (m) for more.
* gawm (UK dialects)
To gawk; to stare or gape.
* 1922 , Elinor Mordaunt, Laura Creichton , page 110:
* 1901 , New Outlook , volume 67, page 408:
- Passing through St. George's Square, Lupus Street, Chichester Street, he scarcely saw a soul; then, quite suddenly, he struck a dense crowd, kept back by the police, standing gorming at a great jagged hole in a high blank wall, a glimpse, the merest glimpse of more broken walls, shattered chimneys.
* 1990 , Jean Ure, Play Nimrod for him (ISBN 0370311841), page 96:
- "Tell Sannah to bring some coffee," said the young woman to a diminutive Kaffir boy, who stood gorming at us with round black eyes.
* 2005 , Lynne Truss, The Lynne Truss Treasury: Columns and Three Comic Novels (ISBN 1101218266):
- They would stand in silence, mindlessly gorming at each other,
- In particular, we like to emphasize that, far from wasting our childhoods (not to mention adulthoods) mindlessly gorming at The Virginian'' and ''The Avengers , we spent those couch-potato years in rigorous preparation for our chosen career.
A variant of (m) (itself likely a variant of (m)), with the ‘r’ being a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English.
* 1884 , Margaret Elizabeth Majendie, Out of their element , page 70:
- 'It is quite ruined.'
- 'How did she do it? What a pity!'
* 1909 , Augusta Kortrecht, The Widow Mary'', in ''Good Housekeeping , volume 48, page 182:
- 'With paint—assisting in the painting of a garden-gate. She told me the pleasure of "gorming " it on was too irresistible to be resisted; and the poor little new gown in done for.'
- "It was in a little sprinkler bottle, an' I gormed it onto my vittles good an' thick. Lordy, Lordy, an' now I got to die!"
* Bennett Wood Green, Word-book of Virginia Folk-speech (1912), page 202:
*: Gorm, v. To smear, as with anything sticky. When a child has smeared its face with something soft and sticky, they say: "Look how you have gormed your face."
From gormandize''/''gormandise .
To devour; to wolf down (food).
* 1885 James Johonnot, Neighbors with Claws and Hoofs, and Their Kin , page 105:
* 1920 , Outdoor Recreation: The Magazine that Brings the Outdoors In :
- The bear came up to the berries and stopped. Not accustomed to eat out of a pail, he tipped it over, and nosed about the fruit "gorming " it down, mixed with leaves and dirt,
* 1980 , Michael G. Karni, Finnish Americana , page 5:
- an itinerant bruin and with naught on his hands but time and an appetite, [to] wander from ravine to ravine and gorm down this delectable fruit.
- As Luohi said later, "He gormed' it. Nay, he didn't eat it. He ' gormed it, the pig."
Supposed by some to be related to (m) and/or (m), and by others to be related to ).
[Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech (1993, ISBN 0813129583)]
To make a mess of.
* 1910 , English Mechanic and World of Science , volume 91, page 273:
* 2008 , Christine Blevins, Midwife of the Blue Ridge (ISBN 0425221687), page 133:
- I find the cheap shilling self-filling pen advertised in these pages excellent value—quite equal to that of fountain-pens I have paid ten times as much for. It is also durable. I am a careless person, and prefer to discard it when I have “gormed ” it
- "Truth is, I've gormed it all up, Alistair. When it comes t' women — nice women anyway — I'm as caw-handed and cork-brained as any pimply boy."
* Maine lingo: boiled owls, billdads & wazzats (1975), page 114: "A man who bungles a job has gormed it. Anybody who stumbles over his own feet is gormy."
* Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech (1993, ISBN 0813129583): "gorm : [v. to make a mess.] If a house be in disorder it is said to be all gormed or gaumed up (B 368)."
(rfv-sense) (UK, dialect) To daub with gorm (grease), or with anything sticky.