From English dialectal gaum (“understanding”) + -less (“without”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic*gaumaz, *gaumō (“understand”). The ‘r’ found in this spelling is a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English.
gormless look on its face, but are encouraged by the government.
Julie Kent tried to be sweet and innocent but succeeded only in looking gormless.
Are you all so gormless you canted even spot an open goal like that!
gormless brother Wishee Washee ever find a girl who fancies him?
Not so for DJ Sam Seed, who played his set of fabulous full-on funky hip-hop under a barrage of some stunningly gormless heckling.