Meaning of “gum” in the English Dictionary

"gum" in English

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uk /ɡʌm/ us /ɡʌm/

gumverb [ T ]

uk /ɡʌm/ us /ɡʌm/ -mm- old-fashioned

If you gum one piece of paper to another, you stick them together using glue:

The labels were already gummed to the envelopes.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “gum” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gum" in American English

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us /ɡʌm/

gum noun (MOUTH)

[ C usually pl ] either of the two areas of firm, pink flesh inside the mouth that cover the bones to which the teeth are attached


[ U ] a sticky substance obtained from the stems of some trees and plants that is used in industry and for sticking things together

[ U ] Gum is also chewing gum:

Most teachers dont allow their students to chew gum in class.
verb us /ɡʌm/ -mm-

Nearly everything the old silverback eats gets boiled, steamed or soaked so he can gum it down.

(Definition of “gum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)