Tom o'Bedlam

[ tomuh-bed-luhm ]

noun,plural Tom o'Bed·lams.
  1. (in historical use) a roving beggar who is insane or is feigning madness.

Origin of Tom o'Bedlam

First recorded in 1595–1605; used of a beggar assumed to be a former inmate of Bedlam, popular name for an insane asylum in London

Words Nearby Tom o'Bedlam Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024