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  1. nonsense; utter foolishness.

Origin of tommyrot

1880–85; tommy simpleton (see tomfool) + rot


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bosh, rot, rubbish, balderdash.
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Historical Examples

  • But inevitably there would be some who would say, "Tommyrot!"

    The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society

    Upton Sinclair

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

  • "Oh, Tommyrot," said Bob, though at heart he did not know just what was liable to happen.

    Bob Hunt in Canada</p>

    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

British Dictionary definitions for tommyrot


  1. utter nonsense; tomfoolery
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

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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