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British Dictionary definitions for oom

oom

noun
  1. Southern African a title of respect used to address an elderly man

Word Origin

Afrikaans: literally, uncle
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Examples from the Web for oom

Historical Examples

  • I'm sure Oom Peter would like to think of me as here, among our dear, dear flowers!

    The Return of Peter Grimm

    David Belasco

  • As long as dear Oom Peter was here he was father, mother, everything to me.

  • He said he would send me to you instead of to Oom Schlagen, because, he said, you would be just.

    Diamond Dyke

    George Manville Fenn

  • Taking 'em up to Pretoria on the quiet, to sell 'em to Oom Paul's burghers, he was.

    The Dop Doctor

    Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

  • It was not until the afternoon that Oom Jan told Fortescue of what had occurred.

    A Lively Bit of the Front

    Percy F. Westerman