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tom

[ tom ]
/ tɒm /
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noun
the male of various animals, as the turkey.
a tomcat.
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Origin of tom

First recorded in 1755–65; generic use of the male given name Tom

Other definitions for tom (2 of 3)

Tom
[ tom ]
/ tɒm /

noun
a male given name, form of Thomas.
verb (used without object), Tommed, Tom·ming.
(often lowercase) to act like an Uncle Tom.

Other definitions for tom (3 of 3)

ToM

or TOM


abbreviation
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British Dictionary definitions for tom (1 of 2)

tom1
/ (tɒm) /

noun
  1. the male of various animals, esp the cat
  2. (as modifier)a tom turkey
  3. (in combination)a tomcat

Word Origin for tom

C16: special use of the shortened form of Thomas, applied to any male, often implying a common or ordinary type of person, etc

British Dictionary definitions for tom (2 of 2)

tom2
/ (tɒm) /

noun
Australian and NZ a temporary supporting post

Word Origin for tom

from a specialized use of tom 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tom

Tom

see every tom, dick, and harry; peeping tom.

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