pommy

pommy

[pom-ee]
noun, plural pommies. (often initial capital letter) Usually Disparaging. (in Australia and New Zealand)
a British person, especially one who is a recent immigrant.
Also, pommie, pom.


Origin:
1910–15; origin obscure; corroborating evidence for any of the numerous fanciful etymologies proposed for the word is so far lacking

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pommy (ˈpɒmɪ)
 
n , pl -mies
slang (sometimes capital) Sometimes shortened to: pom a mildly offensive word used by Australians and New Zealanders for an English person
 
[C20: of uncertain origin. Among a number of explanations are: (1) based on a blend of immigrant and pomegranate (alluding to the red cheeks of English immigrants); (2) from the abbreviation POME, Prisoner of Mother England (referring to convicts)]

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