by gum, (used as a mild oath).
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!
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; chatter: The he-gossips at the Press Club have been gumming about another romance (1940s+)
gum up (1901+)
one of two equal or approximately equal parts of a divisible whole, as an object, or unit of measure or time; a part of a whole equal or almost equal to the remainder. a quantity or amount equal to such a part (½). Sports. either of two equal periods of play, usually with an intermission […]
plural of half. by halves, incompletely or partially: to do things by halves. halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves. go halves, to share equally; divide evenly. one of two equal or approximately equal parts of a divisible whole, as an object, or unit of measure or time; a part of a whole equal […]
the upper part of the body in humans, joined to the trunk by the neck, containing the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. the corresponding part of the body in other animals. the head considered as the center of the intellect, as of thought, memory, understanding, or emotional control; mind; brain: She has a good […]
depressed or sad because of the lack of friends, companionship, etc.; lonely: to feel lonesome. attended with or causing such a state or feeling: a lonesome evening at home. lonely or deserted in situation; remote, desolate, or isolated: a lonesome road. on / by one’s lonesome, Informal. alone: She went walking by her lonesome. Also, […]