- 1The male of various animals, especially a domestic cat.More example sentences
- While hens usually travel together, toms roam either in separate flocks or alone.
- The kittens would follow the tom around and when we trapped the last one of them he cried at our door for two days.
- I donate financially, and have purchased two rescued cats (one adult tom, and one kitten) from you.
- 3 (Tom) US • informal short for Uncle Tom.
verb (toms, tomming, tommed)[no object] • informal Back to top
- 1 (be tomming) British Work as a prostitute: Roscoe is tomming around nowMore example sentences
- I took off my headphones and listened as he asked, ‘Are you tomming tonight?’
late Middle English (denoting an ordinary man, surviving in tomfool, tomboy, and the phrase Tom, Dick, and Harry): abbreviation of the given name Thomas. sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 18th century.
noun(usually toms) • informal
- short for tomato.More example sentences
- There's only one thing that will revive the toms, courgettes, rocket, spinach and fennel - pelletised chicken manure.
- Liquidise ripe toms with red onion, cucumber, red pepper, extra virgin olive oil, sherry or balsamic vinegar and chill to let the flavours develop.
- A topping of onion marmalade, reasonable toms and fresh, herby ricotta couldn't rescue it.