Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.

Tommy gun

any submachine gun.
Origin of Tommy gun
First recorded in 1920-25; by shortening Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Tommy gun
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • For Wally it was a Tommy gun—just stitching him up and down, you know, back and forth.

    The Hated Frederik Pohl
  • He picked up a Tommy gun where it had been dropped by the fleeing gunmen.

  • Puffy Adams stood, back to the granite, sweeping a Tommy gun around on the gang of men.

  • The Tommy gun was aimed at his head and he knew Puffy Adams wouldn't hesitate when the time came to shoot.

  • For want of something better to do, he took down a Tommy gun from a rack near Segador's seat and examined it for dust and grease.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • I pulled around the corner onto Harper street, and into the path of a Tommy gun's fire.

British Dictionary definitions for Tommy gun

Tommy gun

an informal name for Thompson sub-machine-gun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for Tommy gun

tommy gun

noun phrase

A handheld automatic repeating firearm; a submachine gun; burp gun, chopper

[1929+; fr the name of the .45-caliber Thompson submachine gun, the earliest well-known weapon of this sort, and a favorite arm of the gangster era]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for tommy gun

Word Value for Tommy

Scrabble Words With Friends