Webster 1828 Edition



A man.

Definition 2023



See also: gôm, gồm, and göm


Alternative forms


gom (plural goms)

  1. (Ireland) A foolish person.
    • 1926, Seán O'Casey, 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 gum.


gom (plural goms)

  1. (Appalachia) Alternative form of gum
    • 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.



  1. (obsolete, euphemistic) 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."




  • Rhymes: -ɔm
  • IPA(key): /ɣɔm/


From Middle Dutch gomme, from Old French gomme, from Late Latin gumma, from earlier gummi, cummi.


gom c (plural gommen, diminutive gommetje n)

  1. gum, various viscous or sticky substances exuded by certain plants
  2. an object made from/with it, especially:
  3. an eraser, used to delete markings by rubbing off the ink etc.

Derived terms

  • gomachtig
  • gombal m
  • gomboom m
  • gomelastiek n
  • gomhars m, n
  • gomlak m, n
  • uitgommen



  1. first-person singular present indicative of gommen
  2. imperative of gommen




  1. good