Definition of Pommy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒmi/
(also Pommie) Australian /NZ informal, often derogatory


British: a Pommy accent
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  • I'm only surprised he didn't raise his usual point about weak post-war Pommy sides.
  • I wish he'd gone back to Britian with the rest of his Pommy mates.
  • I knew, I just knew that only a little way beneath my Pommy veneer, an Aussie was waiting to emerge.

noun (plural Pommies)

A British person.
Example sentences
  • The decidedly un-exotic name of the obscure English county, delivered in a camp Pommy lisp, has a legendary effect.
  • Not that we're whingeing, we leave that to our Pommy immigrants.
  • I wish he's have gone back to Britain with the rest of his Pommy mates.



(as) dry as a Pommy's towel

Australian /NZ humorous
Extremely thirsty: let’s get a cold drink, I’m as dry as a Pommy’s towel
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  • He might feel like going out for a drink, because he's as dry as a Pommy's towel.
  • Entering a London pub, Barry exclaimed that he was 'as dry as a Pommy's towel'.
  • "I'm dry as a pommy's towel. A tinny would start the day nicely, thank you."
1.1Extremely dry: this is high plains territory, almost all of it is dry as a Pommy’s towel my plonk is as dry as a Pommy’s towel
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  • "Driest state in the driest continent, this is," says Dave. "Dry as a Pommy's towel."
  • I won’t break a sweat about it. I’ll be as dry as a pommy’s towel!
  • The sun was high before he reached Adelaide River and his tongue was as dry as a Pommie's towel.

(as) full as a Pommy complaint box

Australian humorous
Extremely or completely full: any decent hotel was as full as a Pommy complaint box
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  • When he'd finished eating, Dave pronounced himself 'full as a Pommy's complaint box'.
  • What do ya expect, geezer? He's as full as a Pommy's complaint box!
  • When he's as full as a Pommy complaint-box, he'll come home and spend the night flat out like a lizard drinking.


Early 20th century: apparently a shortening of pomegranate, rhyming slang for 'immigrant'.

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