noun, plural tom·mies. British.
Origin of tommy
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
noun plural -mies
Word Origin for tommy
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