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Pronunciation: /ʊəm
 
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Definition of oom in English:

noun

South African
1A man, especially an older one.
Example sentences
  • I almost get lost when I get of the highway, but luckily I run into a friendly oom and tannie and they point me in the right direction (Note to self… do not trust a map downloaded from the Internet).
  • I phoned about 6 different electricians in the yellow pages, all 24 hr hotlines… but no answer… until finally some oom and tannie kuiring in god knows where answered.
1.1Used as a respectful and affectionate form of address to an older man: good morning, oom

Origin

Afrikaans, literally 'uncle', from Dutch.

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