GORMLESS – lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy. a comedy show that invariably portrays the British aristocracy as a bunch of gormless twits. Gormless began life as the English dialect word gaumless, which was altered to the modern spelling when it expanded into wider use in the late 19th century. The origins of gaumless are easy to understand; the word derives from a combination of the dialect noun gaum, meaning “attention” or “understanding,” and the suffix -less. Gaum also functions as a verb in some dialects, where it means “to pay attention to” and “to understand.” An unrelated verb gaums means “to behave in a stupid or awkward manner.” There’s also a noun gaum, meaning “a stupid doltish person.” Kevin Matthew’s gormless assertions that it is a tax on overseas ownership are disingenuous. With his moo-cow eyes, his bland dial and gormless expression..]]>

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