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oom

/ˈuːəm/
noun
1.
(South African) a title of respect used to address an elderly man
Word Origin
Afrikaans: literally, uncle
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  • I'm sure oom Peter would like to think of me as here, among our dear, dear flowers!

  • 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
  • Certainly my lady; and afterwards I presoom we may dance with 'oom we like?

  • "It is a place of peace, at all events," said oom Piet, at last.

  • She was uninspired, and said, "oom," and went on pinning insects.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Well, a time is coming, oom, when we shall teach them something.

    With Rifle and Bayonet F.S. Brereton
  • Only think, every dirty little Jew ‘winkler’ calling him ‘oom.’

    Aletta Bertram Mitford

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