[ pom-ee ]
/ ˈpɒm i /
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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.
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Also pommie, 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
usage note for pommy
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 pommy
/ (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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