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[tuhm]
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verb (used with object), tummed, tum·ming.
  1. to tease (wool) in the preliminary carding operation, or to open out the fibers prior to carding.

Origin of tum

First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for tum

Historical Examples

  • "Tum out soon, mummy, and dolly will lub you eber and eber," said the child.

    The Woman Thou Gavest Me

    Hall Caine

  • I do say tum,” replied Ernest, meaning that he had said “come.

  • The boy remained silent a few seconds and then said “tum” again.

  • "You'll like it," said Tum Tum, trumpeting through his trunk.

    Nero, the Circus Lion

    Richard Barnum

  • Well, Tum Tum lived in this jungle, and with him lived his father and mother.


British Dictionary definitions for tum

tum

noun
  1. an informal or childish word for stomach
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