Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Dutch, uncle: used like Eng. uncle, as a title of mention and address: as, Oom Paul, the popular name of Paul (Stephanus Johannes Paulus) Kruger, president (1883–1900) of the late Transvaal Republic.

Etymologies

From South African Dutch oom. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A small but genuine tuba hung from his slender shoulders, and there were more strings attached to his elbows, which moved back and forth in time to "oom" and "pah" respectively.

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  • "We children respectfully addressed them as 'oom' and 'tannie'."

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Most tuba players agree that if their unwieldy instrument has shed any of the bad associations that have clung to it - orchestral clown, herald of grim news, poorly respected back-bencher best when not noticed, good for little more than the "oom" in the oom-pah-pah -

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  • In flowing periods and with a reckless but wholly unauthorised employment of aspirates he "welcomed the (h) audience, (h) especially the ladies, and other citizens among 'oom' e was delighted to (h) observe

    To Him That Hath: a Tale of the West of Today

  • "[D] oom and desperation are in plentiful supply from page one, and as the novel fades to black, the reader's left with a roster of sadder-but-wiser Americans to contemplate."

    The Garden of Last Days by Andre Dubus III: Book summary

  • "If you are going to write repetitive music it had better not be 'oom pa pa oom pa pa' for half an hour otherwise people are going to get out of there in a hurry," the American composer Steve Reich told the Guardian this year.

    In praise of … Steve Reich | Editorial

  • Some truly desperate oom-pah music from Bavaria was even played over the public address before kick-off, although Sarries did draw the line at wearing Lederhosen.

    Leicester turn air blue against Saracens in rage at referee exchange

  • I turned to air kiss Mr. Bailey and instead found myself falling as if in slow motion into the throne r oom where the Queen was holding court.

    A Royal Engagement

  • While plenty could go wrong, and a backlash is still possible, one thing is clear: There is little danger of being labeled effete in the home of Oktoberfest and oom-pah bands.

    As German as … America - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Reuters Britain's Queen Elizabeth II walked with Pope Benedict XVI, followed by Prince Philip, in the Morning Drawing R oom of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh Cases of sex-abuse by Catholic priests haven't been widespread in the U.K., where Catholics comprise about 10% of the population.

    Pope Criticizes Church Hierarchy for Abuse Response

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