Definitions

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  • n. A desirable man of loose morals, prone to having sex with many women.

Etymologies

After the title character in The History of Tom Jones, written by Henry Fielding and published in 1749; now perhaps also influenced by the Welsh singer of the same name and similar reputation. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He ` s turned his craft into a one-man empire, writing more than 900 sounds, including "The Tonight Show" theme, a top-charting track for Tom Jones, and the English words to "Comme d ` Habitude," a song both Elvis and Frank Sinatra covered.

    CNN Transcript Jul 12, 2005

  • One would-be instructor in the art of reading says we ought all to study 'Tom Jones' -- now I don't see the necessity of THAT!

    Ardath

  • KING: How did Thomas Woodward pick the name Tom Jones?

    CNN Transcript Nov 7, 2003

  • His mobile phone account is through Sprint, and it’s registered under the name of Tom Jones.

    Vince Flynn Collectors’ Edition #1

  • I've been listening to the Ballad of Tom Jones, which is absolutely hilarious.

    lazarus Diary Entry

  • Fielding, no doubt, did more than this in Tom Jones, which is one of the greatest novels in the English language, for there he has shown how a noble and sanguine nature may fall away under temptation and be again strengthened and made to stand upright.

    Autobiography of Anthony Trollope

  • The highest point is reached in Tom Jones, which is the earliest definite and authoritative manifestation of the modern novel.

    Fielding

  • In 1765, one J.H. Steffens made a comedy of it for the German boards; and in 1785, a M. Desforges based upon it another, called Tom Jones a Londres, which was acted at the Theatre Francais.

    Fielding

  • Opinion of Several judicious Friends against the truly coarse-titled Tom Jones; and so have been discouraged from reading it. —

    Fielding

  • Pamela by Joseph Andrews was now complicated by a twittering jealousy of the “spurious brat,” as he obligingly called Tom Jones, whose success had been so

    Fielding

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