tommy

[tom-ee]
noun, plural tom·mies. British.
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) Tommy Atkins.
  2. Slang. bread, especially brown bread, or rations, as formerly distributed to troops and workers.

Origin of tommy

First recorded in 1775–85; by shortening

Tommy

[tom-ee]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Thomas.
  2. Also Tom·mie, Tom·mye. a female given name, form of Thomasina.

Hitchcock

[hich-kok]
noun
  1. Sir Alfred (Joseph),1899–1980, U.S. film and television director and producer, born in England.
  2. Thomas, Jr.Tommy, 1900–44, U.S. polo player.

Tune

[toon, tyoon]
noun
  1. Thomas JamesTommy, born 1939, U.S. dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, and director.
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British Dictionary definitions for tommy

tommy

noun plural -mies
  1. (often capital) British informal a private in the British ArmyAlso called: Tommy Atkins (ˈætkɪnz)

Word Origin for tommy

C19: originally Thomas Atkins, a name representing a typical private in specimen forms; compare tom 1

Hitchcock

noun
  1. 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)

tune

noun
  1. a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
  2. the most important part in a musical texturethe cello has the tune at that point
  3. the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)he can't sing in tune
  4. 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
  5. 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)
  6. a frame of mind; disposition or mood
  7. obsolete a musical sound; note
  8. call the tune to be in control of the proceedings
  9. change one's tune, sing another tune or sing another a different tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech
  10. to the tune of informal to the amount or extent ofcosts to the tune of a hundred pounds
verb
  1. to adjust (a musical instrument or a changeable part of one) to a certain pitch
  2. to adjust (a note, etc) so as to bring it into harmony or concord
  3. (tr) to adapt or adjust (oneself); attuneto tune oneself to a slower life
  4. (tr often foll by up) to make fine adjustments to (an engine, machine, etc) to obtain optimum performance
  5. electronics to adjust (one or more circuits) for resonance at a desired frequency
  6. obsolete to utter (something) musically or in the form of a melody; sing
  7. tune someone grief Southern African slang to annoy or harass someone

Word Origin for tune

C14: variant of tone
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Word Origin and History for tommy

Tommy

"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.

tune

n.

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.

tune

v.

"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.

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Idioms and Phrases with tommy

tune

In addition to the idioms beginning with tune

  • tune in
  • tune out
  • tune up

also see:

  • call the tune
  • carry a tune
  • change one's tune
  • dance to another tune
  • in tune
  • to the tune of
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