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tom

[tom] /tɒm/
noun
1.
the male of various animals, as the turkey.
2.
a tomcat.
Origin of tom
1755-1765
1755-65; generic use of the male given name Tom

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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  • Nor did anxiety over toms fate interfere with their appetites.

    Four Afloat Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The box is probably at the bottom of the lake, was toms opinion.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • Wait a minute, suggested Frank, as he saw that the others were likely to fall in with toms idea.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • toms mind flashed to the card he had picked up at the shack.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • toms astonishment at meeting this stranger, instead of Officer Randolph, showed in his face.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • toms voice was still indifferent, but Boswell did not notice it.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • They had to do directly with toms startling announcement, and who said which or what does not matter.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • Talking it over by daylight they decided that toms plan might not be so bad.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
British Dictionary definitions for toms

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 toms

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 toms

toe-tag

verb phrase

To kill

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for toms

TOMS

total ozone mapping spectrophotometer
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Idioms and Phrases with toms
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