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GOMEREL, n. Also gom(m)eril, -al, gomerel, -al, ‡gam(me)rel; obs. forms gomrel(l), -al, gowmeril, gaumeril, gammoral, gummeril, gumral; and corrupt or erroneous forms gomerkal, grummerat. [′gɔm(ə)rəl]

1. A fool, a stupid person (Ayr. 1823 Galt Entail xxxi., gaumeril; Sc. 1829 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 176, gowmeril; Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 71, gummeril; Uls. 1896 M. Hamilton Across an Uls. Bog 17, gomerkal). Gen.Sc. Common in n.Eng. dial. Sc. 1806  Scots Mag. (Sept.) 696:
Drauntin' gomrals — in a swarm, Oure the hip o' Whigray's hill.
Sc. 1816  Scott O. Mortality xxxviii.:
Halliday's a liar, and ye're a gomeril to hearken till him, Cuddie.
Ayr. 1834  Galt Lit. Life III. xiv.:
Very few young men departed this life in it, which, I thought with other gammorals, must be owing to not a doctor biding in all the bounds.
Slk. 1835  Hogg Wars Montrose III. 104:
It is best to pit sic a gomerel out o' pain.
Mry. 1873  J. Brown Round Table Club 86:
Ye haiverin' gomeral! D' ye want me tae lat an 'oman brak 'er neck?
Fif. 1893  “G. Setoun” Barncraig v.:
The gommeril kens neither law nor Latin.
Gall. 1901  Trotter Gall. Gossip 36:
He wus sic a gomeral nae lass wud tak him.
Uls. 1927  St J. Ervine Wayward Man 92:
Robert looked after him until he was out of sight. “You oul' gomeril!” he said under his breath.
m.Sc. 1944  Scots Mag. (Nov.) 121:
Look whaur you're goin', you damned gomeril, or you'll burst your bloomin' tyres on the broken gless.

2. Used attrib. = foolish, stupid. Slk. 1818  Hogg Wool-gatherer (1874) 70:
We dinna believe in a' the gomral fantastic bogles an' spirits that fley light-headed fock.
Cai. 1829  J. Hay Poems 137:
Unto the room the young folks bruised Wi' gumral sport and chatter.
Lnk. a.1832  W. Watt Poems (1860) 329:
Wi' whittles Jamie ne'er was rash, Our legs and arms to cut and slash; . . . Now we maun thole ilk gamrell hash, Since Jamie's gane.
s.Sc. 1838  Wilson's Tales of the Borders IV. 276:
Kists and coffins, ye gomeril woman! — why, that's a packman.

3. “One whose lower front teeth project beyond the upper when the mouth is closed” (Ork.1 1943). Also attrib. Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 31:
Tae buy heevin wi' a grummeral sheep or a auld coo wus a aisy wey nae doot, bit wus hid a seur wey?

[Goam, in sense of “gaze about vacantly”, + suff. -Rel as in Gamphrell, Gangrel, etc.]

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