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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

Definition 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.

Definition 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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Idioms and Phrases with tom

Tom

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

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