Definition of gum up (something)informal
- Don't use that paper with the copier; you'll gum it up.
- The highway construction has really gummed up traffic.
- The bearings are all gummed up with mud.
: the tissue that surrounds the necks of teeth and covers the alveolar parts of the jaws
: to enlarge gullets of (a saw)
: to chew with the gums
: any of numerous colloidal polysaccharide substances of plant origin that are gelatinous when moist but harden on drying and are salts of complex organic acids — compare mucilage 1
: any of various plant exudates (such as an oleoresin or gum resin)
: a substance or deposit resembling a plant gum (as in sticky or adhesive quality)
: to clog, impede, or damage with or as if with gum
: to exude or form gum
: to become gummy
: in or into a higher position or level
: from beneath the ground or water to the surface
: from below the horizon
: risen above the horizon
: being out of bed
used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of
: up into or in the
: in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of
: one in a high or advantageous position
: an upward slope
: a period or state of prosperity or success
: to rise from a lying or sitting position
: to move upward : ascend
used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated
: some indeterminate or unspecified thing
: some indeterminate amount more than a specified number
: a person or thing of consequence
: in some degree : somewhat
used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective
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