American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The male of various animals, especially a male cat or turkey.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of tome (volume).
- n. A familiar form of common Christian name Thomas. Used, like the name Jack, as a generic name for a man or a fellow, implying some degree of slight or contempt: as, a tom- fool; Tom o' Bedlam.
- n. Used, like jack, attributively or in composition with the name of an animal, a male: as, a tom-cat; hence, as a noun, a male; specifically, a male cat.
- n. The knave of trumps at gleek.
- n. A close-stool.
- n. A machine formerly used in gold-washing, first in the southern Atlantic States, and later in California, where, however, it was soon superseded by the sluice. It is a trough set in an inclined position, about 20 inches wide at the upper and 30 at the lower end, near which for a short distance the wooden bottom is replaced by one of perforated sheet-iron, the holes being about an inch in diameter. Through these holes the finer gravel and sand with the gold pass into a somewhat wider flat box with riffles, on which the precious metal is caught by the help of the current and the necessary amount of stirring with the shovel. The tom is something like the “rocker,” except that it is longer, and has no rocking motion. Both are very rough and cheap machinery; and most of the stuff originally worked by their aid has been washed over again, and sometimes a great number of times.
- n. Same as def. 5, above.
- n. A kind of large pitcher or water-can in use in England in the early part of the nineteenth century.
- n. A Middle English form of toom.
- n. The male of the domesticated cat.
- n. The male of the turkey.
- n. The male of certain other animals.
- n. UK, slang A prostitute.
- n. music A type of drum.
- n. obsolete The jack of trumps in the card game gleek.
- n. UK A tomato (the fruit).
- n. Cockney rhyming slang jewellery
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete The knave of trumps at gleek.
- n. A familiar contraction of
Thomas, a proper name of a man.
- n. The male of certain animals; -- often used adjectively or in composition
- n. (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
- n. male turkey
- n. male cat
- Rhyming slang from tomfoolery. (Wiktionary)
- Tom, nickname for Thomas. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Fantailed and puffed out, head glowing red, white, and blue like a neon sign, the tom is as formidable as any animal I've ever faced.”
“December 29th, 2009 11: 35 am ET bring back tom! the man did imho a great job considering it was crisis mgmnt of the highest order. at least tom is an adult and acknowledges that the bad guys are for real and are not criminals or sociopaths. they are fanatics of the highest order, and deserve to be treated as such.”
“It seems there is no way to pull a tom from the real thing.”
“August 17th, 2009 12: 59 pm ET tom is one ulgy. man how did you manage to get this shot of him. if you can produce a retouched, air brushed, untrue picture to create this tom, then i want the same consideration given to everyone you feature on CNN.”
“August 17th, 2009 1: 00 pm ET tom is one ulgy. man how did you manage to get this shot of him. if you can produce a retouched, air brushed, untrue picture to create this tom, then i want the same consideration given to everyone you feature on CNN.”
“And as an add to the question on sat navs, my tom tom gives my car and tom tom speed the same at up to 30mph above that l get a discrepancy, the tom tom is always slower than the car.”
“Payne by name on Apr 8, 2008 maybe tom is just not that exciting anymore?”
“As as I was putting around the apartment today, wallowing in tom kha and ginger tea, nursing my headcold, ity occurred to me that in some ways what I'm doing is trying to build a relationship.”
“I think that PA and WV will vote for Rove for VICE … … …. again tom”
“And when those suckers start banging on trees the whole woods echoes like injuns beatin tom-toms.”
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