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Definition tom

Etymology 1

From generic use of the proper name Tom.

Noun

tom (plural toms)

  1. The male of the domesticated cat.
  2. The male of the turkey.
  3. The male of the orangutan.
  4. The male of certain other animals.
  5. (Britain, slang) prostitutes
  6. (US, slang) A lesbian.
  7. (music) Clipping of tom-tom.
  8. (obsolete) The jack of trumps in the card game gleek.

Etymology 2

Shortened from tomato

Noun

tom (plural toms)

  1. (Britain, greengrocers' slang) A tomato (the fruit).

Etymology 3

Rhyming slang from tomfoolery.

Noun

tom (uncountable)

  1. (Cockney rhyming slang) jewellery

Etymology 4

From Uncle Tom.

Verb

tom (third-person singular simple present toms, present participle tomming, simple past and past participle tommed)

  1. (intransitive, derogatory, of a black person) To act in an obsequiously servile manner toward white authority.

Etymology 5

Verb

tom (third-person singular simple present toms, present participle tomming, simple past and past participle tommed)

  1. (nautical) To dig out a hole below the hatch cover of a bulker and fill it with cargo or weights to aid stability.

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