see also: GUM, Gum
Pronunciation Noun

gum (plural gums)

  1. (often, in the plural) The flesh around the teeth.
Synonyms Translations Verb

gum (gums, present participle gumming; past and past participle gummed)

  1. To chew, especially of a toothless person or animal.
  2. (transitive) To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw), as with a gummer.


  1. (mostly, uncountable) Any of various viscous or sticky substances that are exuded by certain plants.
  2. (mostly, uncountable) Any viscous or sticky substance resembling those that are exuded by certain plants.
  3. (mostly, uncountable) Chewing gum.
  4. (countable) A single piece of chewing gum.
    Do you have a gum to spare?
  5. (South Africa, often, in the plural) A gummi candy.
  6. (US, dialect, Southern US) A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive.
  7. (US, dialect, Southern US) A vessel or bin made from a hollow log.
  8. (US, dialect) A rubber overshoe.
  9. A gum tree.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

gum (gums, present participle gumming; past and past participle gummed)

  1. (sometimes with up) To apply an adhesive or gum to; to make sticky by applying a sticky substance to.
  2. To stiffen with glue or gum.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      He frets like a gummed velvet.
  3. (sometimes with together) To inelegantly attach into a sequence.
  4. (colloquial, with up) To impair the functioning of a thing or process.
    That cheap oil will gum up the engine valves.
    The new editor can gum up your article with too many commas.


gum (uncountable)

  1. Initialism of genitourinary medicine

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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