Green’s Dictionary of Slang

gum n.1

[SE gum]

1. impertinent, abusive talk, chatter; thus one who talks impertinently.

[UK]R. Wodrow Analecta II (1842) 333: Bradbury was hissed at the meeting [...] Not a feu Ministers enterteaned some gumm* (*Offence, umbrage).
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 74: Pshaw! Pshaw! Brother, there’s no occasion to bowse out so much unnecessary gum.
[US]A. Hamilton Tuesday Club BK XII in Micklus (1995) 278: She tipd me the Gum very Cleanly, [...] The Brimston, she wheedled so beenly.
[US]‘Andrew Barton’ Disappointment I ii: Give us none of your gum, you spawlpeen of perdition!
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Gum, abusive language. Come, let us have no more of your gum.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant.
[UK]D. Humphreys Yankey in England 34: I won’t hear none of your gum.
[UK]R.B. Peake Americans Abroad I i: Come, none of your gum.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open.
[US]F.M. Whitcher Widow Bedott Papers (1883) 29: Go ’long, you everlastin’ old gum. I won’t hear another word.
[UK]E. de la Bédollière Londres et les Anglais 315/1: gum, langage insultant.

2. (US) a trick or deception; occas. attrib.

[UK] ‘Moll Blowse of Saffron Hill’ in Flash Casket 98: And vhen the gallows gum I cotch’d, / And no more could stand, / She physic’d me vith pills and vash.
[US]R. Carlton New Purchase I 255: Now this, reader, was all gum; Sam could not read a word.
[US]B.H. Hall College Words (rev. edn) 244: gum. A trick; a deception.
[US]E. Eggleston Hoosier School-Master (1892) 153: You don’t come your gum games over me.

In compounds

SE in slang uses

In compounds

gum beat/-beater/-beating

see separate entries.

gum-bumping (n.) [beat one’s gums v.]

(US) arguing.

[US]A. Clark ‘A cock ’n’ pull story’ in Eye 16 Aug. [Internet] Their arrival in Toronto will spark the usual gum-bumping in the daily newspapers.
[UK]T. Black Artefacts of the Dead [ebook] The detective was in no humour for the kind of gum-bumping that Martin specialised in.
gum-digger (n.)
[Aus]Newsletter (Sydney) 30 Mar. 16/1: A youthful member of the ‘Upper Ten’ [...] stepped into a dentist’s-shop in George-street not long ago [...] As there was nothing the matter with her ivories, the ‘gum digger’ desired to know the reason.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Dec. 19/3: If the Maoriland gum-digging argument is not quite worn to rags, permit me to mention another method which the ‘dentist’ (a gum-digger once described himself as a dentist, and the name sticks) employs to secure the coveted ‘kapia.’.
Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW) 21 June 4/3: THE KAISER’S GUM DIGGER. The German Emperor's American dentist, Dr. Newton Davis, arrived recently.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 33: Gumdigger, a dentist.
[NZ]P.L. Soljak N.Z. 117: New Zealanders have coined or adapted many expressions to meet local requirements, as illustrated by the following: [...] gumdigger: dentist.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/1: fang carpenter (gum digger, gum puncher) – dentist.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 53/2: gumdigger/gumpuncher dentist.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
gum-job (n.) [var. on blow job n.1 ]

(US) fellatio.

[UK](con. 1965) W. Sherman Times Square 11: Some had no teeth. ‘What’s the difference,’ the sergeant commented once, ‘they can give ya a gum job for two bucks.’.
gum-smasher (n.)

a dentist.

[UK]Sporting Times n.p.: They were fiances, and proposed to celebrate the occurrence by having a few of her less showy molars uprooted at his expense. When the gum-smasher had got to work he found it was rather a tougher job than he had anticipated [B&L].
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
gumsuck/-sucker/-sucking

see separate entries.

gum-tickler (n.)

1. (US) an alcoholic drink.

Portfolio Ser. 4 I 401: Do you love your glass, every hour brings with it a fresh bumper. There [i.e. the US] you have the gum-tickler, the phlegm-cutter, the gall-breaker, the antifogmatic.
[UK]Quarterly Rev. X 521: A gill, taken fasting, is called a gum-tickler [F&H].
[US]R. Waln Hermit in America on Visit to Phila. 2nd series 207: Why do we not abandon our gum-ticklers and phlegm-cutters,—our cocktails and clear-comforters [...]?
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker III 147: Name your drink, my man, and let’s have a gum tickler, for old acquaintance.
[UK]Hereford Jrnl 19 Apr. 4/1: He takes his gum-tickler in a filthy bar-room.
[US]W. Cornwallis New World I 300: Cold punch, gum ticklers, and neck twisters, drinks of Yankee concoction [DA].
[US]T. Haliburton Season Ticket 9: They ain’t no compounds here, no mint juleps [...] sherry cobblers, gum ticklers, phlegm cutters, chain lightning, or sudden death.
[UK]Dickens Our Mutual Friend (1994) 659: Mr Venus [...] produced some rum. In answer to the inquiry, ‘Will you mix it, Mr Wegg?’ that gentleman pleasantly rejoined, ‘I think not, sir. On so auspicious an occasion, I prefer to take it in the form of a Gum-Tickler.’.
[UK]Portsmouth Eve. News 8 Nov. 3/5: American Drinks [...] gum tickler [...] a ‘yard of flannel’, washed down with an ‘eye opener’.
[UK]Belfast Morn. News 13 Sept. 4/3: The famous American ‘gum tickler’.

2. (orig. US) a dentist.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.

In phrases

beat one’s gum (v.)

see separate entry.