gumming gumming


  1. (n) a preparation (usually made of sweetened chicle) for chewing
  2. (n) the tissue (covered by mucous membrane) of the jaws that surrounds the bases of the teeth
  3. (n) any of various substances (soluble in water) that exude from certain plants; they are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying
  4. (n) cement consisting of a sticky substance that is used as an adhesive
  5. (n) wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum
  6. (n) any of various trees of the genera Eucalyptus or Liquidambar or Nyssa that are sources of gum
  7. (v) cover, fill, fix or smear with or as if with gum
  8. (v) grind with the gums; chew without teeth and with great difficulty
  9. (v) become sticky
  10. (v) exude or form gum
  11. (n) ineffectual chewing (as if without teeth)

Derived Word(s)


  1. The complexities of mortgage securities and the uncertainty surrounding future home prices and the economy, it seemed, were gumming up the system.
  2. Engineers added a plastic plate beneath the shifter to prevent spilled coffee and other flotsam from falling into the mechanism and gumming it up.
  3. Though many of that number were eventually withdrawn, the GOP has succeeded in gumming up the Senate's procedural cogs.


  • A dubious grant for a dubious outfit: James Varney

    There has been much talk and congressional attention lately over the IRS gumming up the works of tax-exempt applications from conservative groups. Perhaps more of that should be directed toward the groups that are already exempt.   One that might...
    on June 16, 2013     Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune


  1. Democrats want to "look aggressive on homeland security. This bill will waste billions of dollars, and possibly harm homeland security by gumming up progress already under way," said Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky.
    on Jan 9, 2007 By: Hal Rogers Source: Washington Post

  2. Geithner said the United States was committed to removing troubled assets from banks that are "gumming up the system" by contributing to uncertainty over the depth of bank losses.
    on Mar 11, 2009 By: Timothy Geithner Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I think when I get through and I'm gumming my food, it will mean a lot" personally, Brown said of trying to win the Big 12. "As far as today, it would give these kids, these coaches and this university something we haven't done since we've...
    on Nov 29, 2005 By: Mack Brown Source:

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