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verb (used with object), tummed, tum·ming.
  1. to tease (wool) in the preliminary carding operation, or to open out the fibers prior to carding.
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Origin of tum

First recorded in 1605–15; origin uncertain
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Historical Examples

  • "Tum out soon, mummy, and dolly will lub you eber and eber," said the child.

    The Woman Thou Gavest Me

    Hall Caine

  • The boy remained silent a few seconds and then said “tum” again.

  • I do say tum,” replied Ernest, meaning that he had said “come.

  • "You'll like it," said Tum Tum, trumpeting through his trunk.

    Nero, the Circus Lion

    Richard Barnum

  • Of course Tum Tum did not speak in words, as you or I would have done.

British Dictionary definitions for tum


  1. an informal or childish word for stomach
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