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Syllabification: tom
Pronunciation: /täm
 
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noun

1The male of various animals, especially a turkey or 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.
2 (Tom) US informal short for Uncle Tom.

verb

(Tom) (toms, Tomming, Tommed) [no object] informal derogatory Back to top  
US (Of a black person) behave in an excessively obedient or servile way.

Origin

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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noun

(usually toms) informal
Short for tomato.

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