[toom]Scot. and North England


empty; vacant.

verb (used with object)

to empty or drain (a vessel), especially by drinking the contents.

Origin of toom

before 900; Middle English tome (adj.), Old English tōm; cognate with Old Norse tōmr Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for toom

Historical Examples of toom

  • They may have given the hint of a toom larder by serving a dish of spurs on the board.

    The Balladists

    John Geddie

  • Why, there be scores of these lay-beds that be toom as old Duns bacca-box on Friday night.


    Bram Stoker

  • Indeed, the Scots called him the "toom tabard," or empty herald's coat—a name not unsuited to such a king of vain show.

  • Wha kens,” continued the precentor, “but that the next time this kirk is opened will be to preach it toom?

  • I know that ye have sad hours, when the Comforter is hid under a vail, and when ye inquire for Him, and find but a toom nest.