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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Go"mer
A Hebrew measure. See Homer.
noun Go"mer
A conical chamber at the breech of the bore in heavy ordnance, especially in mortars; -- named after the inventor.

From Latin gomor in the Vulgate, from Ancient Greek γομόρ (gomór) in the Septuagint, from Hebrew עומר ('ómer, “sheaf; unit of dry measure”)

  1. (historical units of measure, archaic) Alternative form of omer: a former Hebrew unit of dry volume equal to about 2.3 L or 2.1 quarts.

After Louis-Gabriel de Gomer, the French artillery officer who invented the design. Attested in English since the early nineteenth century.

  1. A conical chamber at the breech of the bore in heavy ordnance, especially in mortars.

Likely from the oafish fictional character Gomer Pyle from the 1960s American sitcom The Andy Griffith Show.

  1. (slang, derogatory) A stupid, awkward, or oafish person.
  2. (US, military slang, derogatory) An inept trainee or serviceperson.
  3. (US, military slang) An opponent in combat or in training.

Uncertain. Perhaps the same as, or influenced by Etymology 3, above. It is frequently claimed that the word is an acronym for "grand old man of the emergency room", or for "Get Out of My ER", the latter story popularized by the 1978 novel The House of God by Samuel Shem. John Algeo (1991) notes that various people claim the word is an acronym or a borrowing from Hebrew G-M-R (“finish; complete”), but suggests that these accounts are dubious. He concludes that a connection to Gomer Pyle or to the "stupid, awkward person" sense of the word is the most likely source. The Oxford English Dictionary online (2003) likewise treats the "undesirable patient" and "stupid person" senses as uses of the same word.

  1. (slang, derogatory) An undesirable hospital patient, or a patient who does not need medical care.
    That patient is a total . Turf him and let's get some lunch.
  2. (slang, derogatory) A dirty, senile, or otherwise unpleasant patient.
  3. (slang, informal) A patient who does not respond to medical treatment.

    Notable Persons Named Gomer

    Gomer Pyle is a fictional character.


    Gomer Jones was a college coach. Gomer was born on February 26th, 1914 in Cleveland. He passed away on March 21st, 1971.


    He was most prominent from 1937 to 1939. Gomer was born on July 11th, 1896 in Jackson County, Missouri. He died on May 26th, 1953.


    Gomer Hodge was an athlete. Gomer was born on April 3rd, 1944 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. He died on May 13th, 2007.


    Gomer was born on May 13th, 1910 in Neath. He passed away on November 14th, 1974.


    Gomer was born in 1885 in Treherbert. He breathed his last breath in 1935.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Gomer

    Joseph was born on June 20th, 1920. They died on October 10th, 2013.


    Steve Gomer is a film/television director, film director, and television director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present.


    Sara Gomer is a tennis player. Sara was born on May 13th, 1964 in Torquay, Devon, England.


    Robert was born on March 24th, 1924 in Vienna.


    Russell was born Russell Gomer in Treforest.


    Ez was born on September 3rd, 1962.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Gomer U.S.
      White 80.43% 64.26%
      African American 5.49% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.63% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 10.60% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Gomer

    People with the last name Gomer are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Gomer

    • How Popular is the name Gomer? Gomer is the 18,609th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gomer was the 20,512th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Gomer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 399 babies born with the first name Gomer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gomer to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gomer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1911 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Gomer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gomer is Wednesday, March 4th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Gomer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gomer was in 1919 with a total of 21 babies.
    • Random Gomer Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gomer is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1923.
    • Weird things about the name Gomer: Your name in reverse order is Remog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ergom. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Gomer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,293 people with the last name Gomer.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gomer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Gomer as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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