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Tom

[tom] /tɒm/
noun
1.
2.
a male given name, form of Thomas.
verb (used without object), Tommed, Tomming.
3.
(often lowercase) to act like an Uncle Tom.
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British Dictionary definitions for tommed

tom1

/tɒm/
noun
1.
  1. the male of various animals, esp the cat
  2. (as modifier): a tom turkey
  3. (in combination): a tomcat
Word Origin
C16: special use of the shortened form of Thomas, applied to any male, often implying a common or ordinary type of person, etc

tom2

/tɒm/
noun
1.
(Austral & NZ) a temporary supporting post
Word Origin
from a specialized use of tom1
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Word Origin and History for tommed

Tom

familiar shortening of masc. proper name Thomas, used by late 14c. as a type of a nickname for a common man. Applied 17c. as a nickname for several exceptionally large bells. Short for Uncle Tom in the sense of "black man regarded as too servile to whites" is recorded from 1959. Tom Walker, U.S. Southern colloquial for "the devil" is recorded from 1833. Tom and Jerry is first attested 1828 in many extended senses, originally the names of the two chief characters (Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn) in Pierce Egan's "Life in London" (1821); the U.S. cat and mouse cartoon characters debuted 1940 in "Puss Gets the Boot." Tom Thumb (1570s) was a miniature man in popular tradition before P.T. Barnum took the name for a dwarf he exhibited.

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Slang definitions & phrases for tommed

Tom

noun

A black person who emulates or truckles to the white majority taste and culture; oreo, uncle tom (1959+ Black)

verb

: sleeping, resisting, tom-ming, killing the enemy/ You too young to be Tomming

Related Terms

aunt tom, mister tom


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