[ pom-ee ]
/ ˈpɒm i /
noun, plural pom·mies. (often initial capital letter) Slang: Usually Disparaging. (in Australia and New Zealand)
a British person, especially one who is a recent immigrant.
Also pom·mie, pom.
Origin of pommy
First recorded in 1910–15; origin obscure; corroborating evidence for any of the numerous fanciful etymologies proposed for the word is so far lacking
This term is usually used with disparaging intent, but sometimes it is merely a term of affectionate abuse. The context will usually show the intent: an outbreak of Pommy-bashing.
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British Dictionary definitions for pommie
/ (ˈpɒmɪ) /
noun plural -mies
(sometimes capital) slang a mildly offensive word used by Australians and New Zealanders for an English personSometimes shortened to: pom
Word Origin for pommy
C20: of uncertain origin. Among a number of explanations are: (1) based on a blend of immigrant and pomegranate (alluding to the red cheeks of English immigrants); (2) from the abbreviation POME, Prisoner of Mother England (referring to convicts)
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