Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “gum”


noun (STICKY SUBSTANCE)    /ɡʌm/
[U] a sticky substance that comes from the stems of some trees and plantsGlues and gluing and stickiness [U] a type of glue used for sticking together pieces of paperGlues and gluing and stickiness [U] chewing gum or bubble gum (= a soft sweet that you crush with your teeth but do not swallow)Sweets [C] UK used in the names of some chewy sweets with fruit flavours: fruit/wine gumsSweets
(Definition of gum noun (STICKY SUBSTANCE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of gum

Definitions of “gum” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More