- (sometimes initial capital letter) Tommy Atkins.
- Slang. bread, especially brown bread, or rations, as formerly distributed to troops and workers.
Origin of tommy
- Sir Alfred (Joseph),1899–1980, U.S. film and television director and producer, born in England.
- Thomas, Jr.Tommy, 1900–44, U.S. polo player.
- Thomas JamesTommy, born 1939, U.S. dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and director.
Examples from the Web for tommy
Contemporary Examples of tommy
An escort who goes by the name of “Tommy” has experienced a wide variety of female clients.
Tommy describes himself as more of the “boyfriend experience.”
But Tommy, like many others, has been unable to obtain the documentation required by the State Department for the visa.
Tommy first started teaching himself English when the U.S. Army came to Sinjar in 2003 in order to get a job with them.
Tommy worked with American troops for two years starting in 2005.
Historical Examples of tommy
Tommy also shot an emu that came to water, and which we carried to camp.
On our way Tommy Windich shot a red kangaroo, which we carried to camp.
Calling Tommy, we soon overtook him and made him carry it back to the party.
Sha'n't Tommy push—the baby-carriage up to the house for you, Miss Eudora?The Yates Pride
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I ask, why is Tommy to be always the foil of Mr. Barlow to this extent?The Uncommercial Traveller
- (often capital) British informal a private in the British ArmyAlso called: Tommy Atkins (ˈætkɪnz)
Word Origin for tommy
- Sir Alfred (Joseph). 1899–1980, English film director, noted for his mastery in creating suspense. His films include The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935), Rebecca (1940), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963)
- a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
- the most important part in a musical texturethe cello has the tune at that point
- the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)he can't sing in tune
- accurate correspondence of pitch and intonation between instruments (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)the violin is not in tune with the piano
- the correct adjustment of a radio, television, or some other electronic circuit with respect to the required frequency (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
- a frame of mind; disposition or mood
- obsolete a musical sound; note
- call the tune to be in control of the proceedings
- change one's tune, sing another tune or sing another a different tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech
- to the tune of informal to the amount or extent ofcosts to the tune of a hundred pounds
- to adjust (a musical instrument or a changeable part of one) to a certain pitch
- to adjust (a note, etc) so as to bring it into harmony or concord
- (tr) to adapt or adjust (oneself); attuneto tune oneself to a slower life
- (tr often foll by up) to make fine adjustments to (an engine, machine, etc) to obtain optimum performance
- electronics to adjust (one or more circuits) for resonance at a desired frequency
- obsolete to utter (something) musically or in the form of a melody; sing
- tune someone grief Southern African slang to annoy or harass someone
Word Origin for tune
"British soldier," 1884, from Thomas Atkins, since 1815 the sample name for filling in army forms. Tommy gun (1929) is short for Thompson gun (see Thompson). Soon extended to other types of sub-machine gun, especially those favored by the mob.
late 14c., "a musical sound, a succession of musical notes," unexplained variant of tone. Meaning "state of being in proper pitch" is from mid-15c.
"bring into a state of proper pitch," c.1500, from tune (n.). Non-musical meaning "to adjust an organ or receiver" is recorded from 1887. Verbal phrase tune in in reference to radio (later also TV) is recorded from 1913; figurative sense of "become aware" is recorded from 1926. Tune out "to eliminate radio reception" is recorded from 1908; figurative sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Related: Tuned; tuning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tune
- tune in
- tune out
- tune up
- call the tune
- carry a tune
- change one's tune
- dance to another tune
- in tune
- to the tune of