- The definition of gum is a sticky plant secretion, or something sticky, or the flesh at the base of the teeth.
- An example of gum is a sticky ooze from a tree.
- An example of gum is Trident.
- An example of the gum is the area of the mouth that becomes sore if you have to have a tooth pulled.
- Gum is defined as to stick together with an adhesive, to become sticky, or to chew without teeth.
- An example of gum is to put a stamp on an envelope; to gum the stamp.
- An example of gum is for a branch to get sticky from residue that flows out of a wound or slit in the tree; to gum up.
- An example of gum is for a baby to chew up soft baby food; to gum their food.
gum definition by Webster's New World
- a sticky, colloidal carbohydrate found in certain trees and plants, which dries into an uncrystallized, brittle mass that dissolves or swells in water
- any similar plant secretion, as resin
- any plant gum processed for use in industry, art, etc.
- an adhesive, as on the back of a postage stamp
- any of various sticky or viscous substances or deposits
- gum tree
- the wood of a gum tree
- Now Rare
- pure rubber
- ☆ rubber overshoes
- ☆ chewing gum
- ☆ Dialectal a hollowed gum log used as a trough, etc.
Origin: Middle English gomme ; from Old French ; from Late Latin gumma ; from Classical Latin gummi, cummi ; from Classical Greek kommi ; from Egyptian qmyt
- to secrete or form gum
- to become sticky or clogged
Origin: Middle English gome ; from Old English goma, akin to German gaumen, roof of the mouth ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghēu-, an unverified form ghōu-, to yawn, gape from source Classical Greek chaos
gum definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Any of various viscous substances that are exuded by certain plants and trees and dry into water-soluble, noncrystalline, brittle solids.b. A similar plant exudate, such as a resin.c. Any of various adhesives made from such exudates or other sticky substance.
- A substance resembling the viscous substance exuded by certain plants, as in stickiness.
- a. Any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus, Liquidambar, or Nyssa that are sources of gum. Also called gum tree.b. The wood of such a tree; gumwood.
- Chewing gum.
- To exude or form gum.
- To become sticky or clogged.
Origin: Middle English gomme, from Old French, from Late Latin gumma, variant of Latin gummi, cummi, from Greek kommi, perhaps from Egyptian ḳmj-t.
Origin: Middle English gome, from Old English gōma, palate, jaw.
gum - Phrases/Idioms
beat one's gumsâ
gum - Science Definition