from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A British soldier.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. bread, generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance
- n. A truck, or barter; the exchange of labour for goods instead of money.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Bread, -- generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance.
- n. A truck, or barter; the exchange of labor for goods, not money.
- n. Same as Tommy Atkins; -- a shortened form.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [capitalized] Short for Tommy Atkins,' a nickname for the British private soldier.
- n. Originally, a penny roll; hence, bread; provisions; especially, goods given to a workman in lieu of wages.
- n. A tommy-shop.
- n. The system of paying workmen in goods in place of money; the truck system.
- n. A simple fellow.
- n. A tom-cat.
- n. A small round lever used to tighten round-headed screw-bolts that are perforated for this purpose.
- n. The puffin or sea-parrot, Fratercula arctica. See cut under puffin.
- n. Hence— A species of soft solder used in the jewelers' trade.
- To enforce the tommy or truck system on; oppress or defraud by the tommy system.
Short for Tommy Atkins, from Thomas Atkins, a name often used on sample forms.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)