gormless adj : British informal [syn: gaumless]
EtymologyFrom English dialectal gorm + suffix -less. Originally from Old Germanic *gaum-, ‘understand’. The ‘r’ found in this spelling is a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English
- italbrac RP /ˈgɔːmləs/
- 1845, Emily
Heights, ch xxi
- Did I ever look so stupid: so gormless as Joseph calls it?
- 1988, Roald Dahl,
- But Mr. and Mrs. Wormwood were both so gormless and so wrapped up in their own silly little lives that they failed to notice anything unusual about their daughter.
- 1990, Terry
- There was a sort of gormless unstoppability about him that she found rather fascinating.
- , p125
- “Hmm. Made an excuse, did he? Not as gormless as he looks in press photographs, then. […]”
- Dutch: onnozel, onhandig
- Dutch: naïef, onnozel