Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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GOOM, n. [gu:m]

1. The gum (Sh. 1954). Also in comb. goom bile, a gumboil. Cf. Geem and Gum, n.1 Sh. 1891  J. Burgess Rasmie's Büddie 75:
An sae he sat, his pipe o twist Atween his gooms wis steekit.
Sh. 1928  Manson's Sh. Almanac 188:
I'm niver hed ony sair ipo' mi farder as a goom bile or a blister.

2. The fleshy tip of the finger. Sh. 1898  Shetland News (14 May):
I cleev'd da face o' me toom . . . Yis, A'm laid him open, an' lows'd da nail frae da goom.

[O.N. gómr, the roof or floor of the mouth; the finger-tip.]

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