Definition of gormless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡɔːmləs/


British informal
Lacking sense or initiative; foolish: a constantly grinning, rather gormless boy
More example sentences
  • Of course when our hero arrives at the abandoned post-office, waiting for him will be an old man and a gormless boy.
  • To academic historians they were ‘mere entertainment’ - just mindless pap for gormless morons.
  • And to top it all off, we end up with a gormless and ridiculous gaze into the sunset.



Example sentences
  • So look, I'm not making excuses or anything, but if it takes me a couple of seconds of staring at you gormlessly when we meet, it's not because I'm seven shades of stupid.
  • The report prattles on gormlessly.
  • It doesn't take a market analyst to surmise that our beer industry is in crisis and staring gormlessly at the bottom of an empty pint glass over what to do about it.


Example sentences
  • I try to combat my natural gormlessness by writing to-do lists and by obsessive-compulsive multiple-checking rituals.
  • Laurie was particularly effective at capturing Bertie's distinctive blend of airy nonchalance and refined gormlessness.
  • Whatever the reason, the effect was one of utter gormlessness.


Mid 18th century (originally as gaumless): from dialect gaum 'understanding' (from Old Norse gaumr 'care, heed') + -less.

  • The original spelling was gaumless formed from dialect gaum ‘understanding’, from Old Norse gaumr ‘care, heed’.

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