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[tom-ee-rot] /ˈtɒm iˌrɒt/
nonsense; utter foolishness.
Origin of tommyrot
1880-85; tommy simpleton (see tomfool) + rot
bosh, rot, rubbish, balderdash. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • But inevitably there would be some who would say, "tommyrot!"

  • And all the tommyrot one hears at home about another mutiny brewing!

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • "Oh, tommyrot," said Bob, though at heart he did not know just what was liable to happen.

    Bob Hunt in Canada

    George W. Orton
  • "It's tommyrot, that's what it is," Amy said with conviction.

    Left Tackle Thayer Ralph Henry Barbour
  • He says it's all tommyrot about Marraville paying him to put him out of his misery.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • I realize perfectly that all this sounds like tommyrot, and that superstition may be a relic of barbarism and ignorance.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • I havent time to explain my reasons for cutting that tommyrot out, retorted Piper.

  • Can you imagine our minds embracing each other, thrilling at the contact,—oh, it's tommyrot.

    Sunny Slopes

    Ethel Hueston
  • Our object is to check by every legitimate means the spread of tommyrot in this country and the world generally.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
  • I am a young man still, with years and years before me in which I shall no doubt talk a lot of tommyrot.

    Lalage's Lovers George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for tommyrot


utter nonsense; tomfoolery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tommyrot

1884, from tommy in sense of "a simpleton" (1829), diminutive of Tom (as in tomfool) + rot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tommyrot



Nonsense; balderdash; baloney, bullshit

[1884+; origin unknown; perhaps fr British tommy, ''goods, esp food, supplied to workers in lieu of wages'']

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