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gormless

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From English dialectal gorm + suffix -less. Originally from Old Germanic *gaum-, ‘understand’. The ‘r’ found in this spelling is a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English

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gormless

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  1. (chiefly Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Lacking intelligence, sense or discernment, often implying lack of capacity of will to remedy the condition.
  2. (UK) Inexperienced, naïve, innocent to the point of foolishness.

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