a male given name, form of Thomas.
Also, Tommie, Tommye. a female given name, form of Thomasina. Unabridged
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tommy (ˈtɒmɪ)
n , pl -mies
informal (Brit) (often capital) Also called: Tommy Atkins a private in the British Army
[C19: originally Thomas Atkins, a name representing a typical private in specimen forms; compare tom1]

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Word Origin & History

"British soldier," 1884, from Thomas Atkins, since 1815 the sample name for filling in army forms. Tommy gun (1929) is short for Thompson gun (see Thompson). Soon extended to other types of sub-machine gun, especially those favored by the mob.
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