Often, gums. Also called gingiva. the firm, fleshy tissue covering the alveolar parts of either jaw and enveloping the necks of the teeth.
to masticate (food) with the gums instead of teeth.
to shape or renew the teeth of (a saw), as by grinding.
beat one’s gums, Slang. to talk excessively or ineffectively.
any of various sticky substances that exude from certain plants, hardening on exposure to air and dissolving or forming viscous masses in water
any of various products, such as adhesives, that are made from such exudates
any sticky substance used as an adhesive; mucilage; glue
(NZ) short for kauri gum
See chewing gum, bubble gum, gumtree
(mainly Brit) a gumdrop
verb gums, gumming, gummed
to cover or become covered, clogged, or stiffened with or as if with gum
(transitive) to stick together or in place with gum
(intransitive) to emit or form gum
the fleshy tissue that covers the jawbones around the bases of the teeth Technical name gingiva, related adjective gingival
used in the mild oath by gum!
“resin,” c.1300, from Old French gome “(medicinal) gum, resin,” from Late Latin gumma, from Latin gummi, from Greek kommi “gum,” from Egyptian kemai. As a shortened form of chewing gum, first attested 1842 in American English. The gum tree (1670s) was so called for the resin it exudes.
“membranes of the mouth,” Old English goma “palate, side of the mouth” (single or plural), from a Germanic source represented by Old Norse gomi “palate,” Old High German goumo; related to Lithuanian gomurys “palate,” and perhaps from PIE *gheu- “to yawn” (cf. Greek khaos; see chaos).
early 14c., gommen, “treat with (medicinal or aromatic) gums,” from gum (n.1). In the transferred or figurative sense of “spoil, ruin” (usually with up), it is first recorded 1901, probably from the notion of machinery becoming clogged. Of infants, etc., “to chew or gnaw (something) with the gums,” by 1907, from gum (n.2). Related: Gummed; gumming.
gum 1 (gŭm)
Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.
A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.
Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
The firm connective tissue covered by mucous membrane that envelops the alveolar arches of the jaw and surrounds the bases of the teeth. Also called gingiva. v. gummed, gum·ming, gums
To chew food with toothless gums.
Any of various sticky substances that are produced by certain plants and trees and dry into brittle solids soluble in water. Gums typically are colloidal mixtures of polysaccharides and mineral salts.
To talk excessively: she wastes all her time beating her gums
bat one’s gums
To talk; chatter: The he-gossips at the Press Club have been gumming about another romance (1940s+)
gum up (1901+)
bat one’s gums, bubblegum music, the bubblegum set
- Beat one’s head against the wall
Also, bang or run one’s head against or into a brick wall. Waste one’s time in a hopeless enterprise, as in I have tried many times to convince him to stop smoking, but I’m beating my head against a brick wall. The metaphoric phrase alludes to a physical expression of frustration. [ Late 1500s ] […]
- Beat one’s meat
beat one’s meat verb phrase (Variations: flog or pound may replace beat; dummy or log may replace meat) To masturbate (1960s+)
- Beat one’s way
beat one’s way verb phrase To travel without paying; travel in the cheapest possible way (1870s+)
- Beat out
to strike violently or forcefully and repeatedly. to dash against: rain beating the trees. to flutter, flap, or rotate in or against: beating the air with its wings. to sound, as on a drum: beating a steady rhythm; to beat a tattoo. to stir vigorously: Beat the egg whites well. to break, forge, or make […]