from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Australian & New Zealand Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a British person, especially a recent immigrant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pom; a person of British descent, a Briton; an Englishman.
  • adj. English; British.


Shortening and alteration of pomegranate, Pummy Grant, alterations of Jimmy Grant, probably rhyming alteration of immigrant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pom +‎ -y (“diminutive suffix”). Australian from 1912. (Wiktionary)



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  • "He was a waistcoat and watch chain type and he spoke like the pommy officers Lester remembered from his days in the Light Horse."
    Cloudstreet by Tim Winton, p 65 of the Graywolf Press hardcover edition

    March 30, 2010