Definition of dwam in English:

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Pronunciation: /dwɑːm/

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chiefly Scottish
A state of semi-consciousness or reverie: lying in bed, in the dwam before sleep he had brooded himself into a black dwam
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  • His left-foot drive caught Gordon Marshall in a dwam of indecision and the goalkeeper's effort could only aid the progress of the ball over the line.


Early 16th century: from the Germanic base of dwell; compare with Middle Dutch dwelm 'stupefaction', also with Old English dwolma 'confusion'.

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