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1The male of various animals, especially a domestic cat.
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.
2British informal A female prostitute.
[ Early 20th century: from criminals' slang]
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 now
More example sentences
  • I took off my headphones and listened as he asked, ‘Are you tomming tonight?’
2US (Of a black person) behave in an excessively obedient or servile way: it was insulting to hold out my hand and have a clerk bang the money down—I’d tommed again


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.

Words that rhyme with tom

aplomb, bomb, bombe, CD-ROM, dom, from, glom, mom, pom, prom, Rom, shalom, Somme, therefrom, Thom, wherefrom
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(usually toms) informal
Short for tomato.
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.
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