Gum - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡʌm|  American pronunciation of the word gum
Brit.  |ɡʌm|  British pronunciation of the word gum


- a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
- the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth (syn: gingiva)
- any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
- cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive (syn: glue, mucilage)
- wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum (syn: gumwood)
- any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum


- cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum
- grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty (syn: mumble)
- become sticky
- exude or form gum


Now don't you try to gum me.

A large label had been gummed to the back of the photograph.

if you gum the tape it is stronger

these trees gum in the Spring

Word forms

I/you/we/they: gum
he/she/it: gums
present participle: gumming
past tense: gummed
past participle: gummed
singular: gum
plural: gums
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