When Lamb runs into tommie the day after this faux kidnapping, he decides to take her to lunch.
The severe Annie Lennox appears to be holding a clenched fist over her head, like a white and Scottish tommie Smith!
Bunny laughed in a sort of whisper, so tommie, the boy who drove the wagon, would not hear him.
And who's to be moindin' the geese, if you and tommie was to go off after the cows?
"Listen to catch his name," whispered Cleo, but a call for "tommie" voided the suggestion.
Some traitor who didn't get his 'd absconded with the 'ficial one, tommie said.
tommie reached back inside the wagon, and picked up a basket full of packages and bundles.
And, so far, tommie had no idea that he was taking with him Bunny and Sue.
So far as appearances went, she seemed to be entirely absorbed in fondling tommie.
Although, if Mrs. tommie had had her way, he would have lived in the parlor.
"British soldier," 1884, from Thomas Atkins, since 1815 the sample name for filling in army forms. Tommy gun (1929) is short for Thompson gun (see Thompson). Soon extended to other types of sub-machine gun, especially those favored by the mob.
tomboy: The red-haired tommy ... she'd put him over the jumps (1940s+)
A private in the British army: He met three Tommys in a bar (1884+)