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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).

-UM, suff. Also -im, -om, -am, -em, and in pl. forms with -s, esp. in children's language. [-əm]

1. Added to noun or verb stems to form nouns with dim. or hypocoristic force, as in Breekums, brinkum s.v. Brinkie, Didderums, Doldrum, Fegrim, Ginkum, Groatum, Keekum, Leggums, Nickum, quirklum s.v. Quirk, scoudrum s.v. Scowder, etc. Cf. colloq. or childish Eng. diddums.

2. Used to form advs. as in legim, astride, s.v. Leg. Rare.

[A formation, prob. orig. jocular, based in 1. on Lat. -um, neuter ending of -o- stems, partly an altered form of -in(g)s, vbl.n. ending, in 2. on O.E. -um, adv. ending, as in Whilom.]

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