Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Mucus produced by the eyes during sleep.
  • n. Gummy matter in sore eyes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Gummy matter in sore eyes.
  • n. An obsolete or dialectal form of gown.

Etymologies

From Middle English gound, gownde, from Old English gund ("matter, pus, poison"), from Proto-Germanic *gundaz (“sore, boil”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰendʰ- (“ulcer, sore, abscess, boil”). Cognate with Old High German gunt ("purulent matter"), Norwegian dialectal gund ("the scab of an ulcer"). (Wiktionary)

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  • For Wordieternity: more discussion of this stuff can be found at toejam.

    October 19, 2009

  • This word's gotta be related to gunge...maybe? Used it a lot in my surfing days.

    August 9, 2008

  • also known as bed-boogers, eye-snot, or sleepies.
    Medically described as 'mucopurulent discharge'.

    August 9, 2008

  • AAAAAGH! Time travel!

    August 9, 2008

  • As a matter of fact, that Daniel is none other than... someone else! Ain't that a coinkydink?

    August 8, 2008

  • But wait! More info at this blog!

    I wonder whether Daniel's a Wordie. Wait...Daniel? Are you here? *looking around suspiciously*

    August 8, 2008

  • I think somewhere around here is when I made this list.

    August 8, 2008

  • Googling For Stupidity! The next Olympic event. ;-)

    By the way, and my favorite result was "Wedding Gound Pictures." How hard is it to spell gown?

    August 8, 2008

  • I hope so too, cb--but apparently in olden times it was spelled "gund," which doesn't look promising for the "zounds" pronunciation. And M-W isn't talking unless I pay up, the bastard.

    One amusing aside--run a Google search on this and you'll find every poor sucker who misspelled "ground." Amazing. "Gound-level ozone." "UPS Gound!" "Higher Gound." "Above-gound pools!"

    Eew. Eye stuff all over the place.

    August 8, 2008

  • I think (nay, hope) it rhymes with ZOUNDS!.

    August 8, 2008

  • You guys are freaking me out.

    August 8, 2008

  • Hey, I looked this up to get the pronunciation? And it says "foul matter, especially that secreted by the eyes." Wow! *Any* foul matter?! Like... Specific Excrement ???
    Also, since it's considered obsolete, there's no pronunciation listed. :(

    August 8, 2008

  • Yarb: Nope. Just doesn't do the job. It has to be gound.

    August 8, 2008

  • Yes. Yes, it did, c_b. Methinks I spy a brand-new Wordie going berserk defining words. Welcome, thedayhascome. :-)

    August 8, 2008

  • What about sleepy dust?

    August 7, 2008

  • I think that's how this conversation started, actually.

    August 7, 2008

  • /GOWND/ n · The crusty yellow substance that collects in the corners of one's eye while one sleeps.

    August 7, 2008

  • For Wordieternity: more discussion of this stuff can be found at toejam.

    June 9, 2008

  • also known as bed-boogers, eye-snot, or sleepies.
    Medically described as 'mucopurulent discharge'.

    January 14, 2008

  • As a matter of fact, that Daniel is none other than... someone else! Ain't that a coinkydink?

    March 2, 2007

  • But wait! More info at this blog!

    I wonder whether Daniel's a Wordie. Wait...Daniel? Are you here? *looking around suspiciously*

    March 2, 2007

  • Googling For Stupidity! The next Olympic event. ;-)

    By the way, and my favorite result was "Wedding Gound Pictures." How hard is it to spell gown?

    March 2, 2007

  • I hope so too, u--but apparently in olden times it was spelled "gund," which doesn't look promising for the "zounds" pronunciation. And M-W isn't talking unless I pay up, the bastard.

    One amusing aside--run a Google search on this and you'll find every poor sucker who misspelled "ground." Amazing. "Gound-level ozone." "UPS Gound!" "Higher Gound." "Above-gound pools!"

    Eew. Eye stuff all over the place.

    March 2, 2007

  • I think (nay, hope) it rhymes with ZOUNDS!.

    March 1, 2007

  • Hey, I looked this up to get the pronunciation? And it says "foul matter, especially that secreted by the eyes." Wow! *Any* foul matter?! Like... Specific Excrement ???
    Also, since it's considered obsolete, there's no pronunciation listed. :(

    March 1, 2007

  • Nope. Just doesn't do the job. It has to be gound. ;-)

    March 1, 2007

  • What about sleepy dust?

    March 1, 2007

  • The stuff that collects in the corners of the eyes during sleep.

    No, seriously.

    March 1, 2007