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(South African) a title of respect used to address an elderly man
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Afrikaans: literally, uncle
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  • "oomoomoom, he have opened ouah eyes," moaned an old sister.

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

  • Then he ran down the kopje in a great hurry and called out, ‘Good morning, oom.’

    Outa Karel's Stories Sanni Metelerkamp
  • 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
  • "oom Kruger will be in bed, and he puts up his quills like a porcupine if one wakes him," was the answer.

    Jess H. Rider Haggard
  • 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
  • But it would seem that they have little cause for anger, because oom Paul rebuked his grandson and suspended him from duty.

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

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • While he talked with oom Tuys I had an opportunity to look him over.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • Certainly my lady; and afterwards I presoom we may dance with 'oom we like?

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