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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
peeping Tom
Uncle Tom
▪ The Gruff's had a marmalade tom cat that was always getting into trouble.
every Tom, Dick, and Harry
▪ I didn't want every Tom, Dick, and Harry knowing about my private life.
every/any Tom, Dick and Harry
old Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all
▪ A young tom turkey is a young male turkey with the same characteristics as a young hen turkey. 4.
▪ He felt as if he were being tom in two.
▪ Henrietta is in her season, and every tom in London seems to be prowling on our rooftop.
▪ It's run by the Oxford Trust to make Science more accessible and attractive tom young people.
▪ She squealed like a tabby cat beneath the lecherous neighbourhood tom.
▪ The toms had initially retreated to the lowest eaves of the roof.
▪ To be tom apart by wild animals.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tom \Tom\, n.

  1. A familiar contraction of Thomas, a proper name of a man.

  2. The male of certain animals; -- often used adjectively or in composition; as, tom turkey, tomcat, etc.


Tom \Tom\, n. The knave of trumps at gleek. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

familiar shortening of masc. proper name Thomas, used by late 14c. as a type of a nickname for a common man (as in Tom, Dick, and Harry, 1734). Applied 17c. as a nickname for several exceptionally large bells. Short for Uncle Tom in the sense of "black man regarded as too servile to whites" is recorded from 1959. Tom Walker, U.S. Southern colloquial for "the devil" is recorded from 1833. Tom and Jerry is first attested 1828 and later used in many extended senses, originally were the names of the two chief characters (Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn) in Pierce Egan's "Life in London" (1821); the U.S. cat and mouse cartoon characters debuted 1940 in "Puss Gets the Boot." Tom Thumb (1570s) was a miniature man in popular tradition before P.T. Barnum took the name for a dwarf he exhibited. Tom-tit "titmouse" is from 1709. Compare tomcat.


Etymology 1 n. 1 The male of the domesticated cat. 2 The male of the turkey. 3 The male of certain other animals. 4 (context British slang English) A prostitute. 5 (context music English) A type of drum. 6 (context obsolete English) The jack of trumps in the card game gleek. Etymology 2

n. (context British greengrocers' slang English) A tomato (qualifier: the fruit). Etymology 3

n. (context Cockney rhyming slang English) jewellery Etymology 4

vb. (context intransitive derogatory of a black person English) To act in an obsequiously servile manner toward white authority. Etymology 5

vb. (context nautical English) To dig out a hole below the hatch cover of a bulker and fill it with cargo or weights to aid stability.


Tom or TOM may refer to:

  • Tom (given name), a diminutive of Thomas or Tomás or an independent Aramaic given name (and a list of people with the name)
Tom (TV series)

Tom is an American sitcom which premiered in mid-season 1994 on CBS. Tom was cancelled after eleven episodes.

TOM (mascot)

TOM (commonly referred to as Tom the tiger) is the name of three Bengal tigers which have served as the mascot of the University of Memphis Tigers since 1972. TOM III, the current mascot, attends Tigers football home games and other university events. The Tigers also have a costumed mascot called Pouncer.

TOM III is housed and cared for by the Tiger Guard, a committee of the Highland Hundred football booster club. University funds are not used to provide for the tiger's needs. The University of Memphis is one of two universities in the United States that use a live tiger as a mascot (the other being LSU) and has received criticism from animal welfare organizations.

Tom (footballer, born 1985)

Wellington Brito da Silva (born 23 July 1985), commonly known as Tom, is a Brazilian footballer who currently plays as a winger for Turkish side Elazığspor.

TOM (psychedelic)
Tom (instrument)

The tom is a plucked lamellophone used in the traditional music of the Nuer and Anuak ethnic groups of western Ethiopia.

The instrument was also used in some pieces performed by Orchestra Ethiopia in the 1960s.

Category:Ethiopian musical instruments Category:Lamellophones

Tom (footballer, born 1986)

Everton Fernando Gilio (born 18 March 1986 in Nova Esperança, Paraná) commonly known as Tom, is a Brazilian footballer. He plays as a midfielder for Beroe Stara Zagora in the Bulgarian First League.

Tom (pattern matching language)

Tom is a programming language particularly well-suited for programming various transformations on tree structures and XML based documents. Tom is a language extension which adds new matching primitives to C and Java as well as support for rewrite rules systems. The rules can be controlled using a strategy language.

Tom is good for:

  • programming by pattern matching
  • developing compilers and DSL
  • transforming XML documents
  • implementing rule based systems
  • describing algebraic transformations
TOM (object-oriented programming language)

TOM was an object-oriented programming language developed in the 1990s that built on the lessons learned from Objective-C. The main purpose of TOM was to allow for "unplanned reuse" of code via a well-developed extension mechanism. This concept was introduced seemingly by accident in Objective-C and later proved to be of wide use, and was applied aggressively in TOM.

The primary changes in TOM are the addition of multiple inheritance, tuples as a first-class part of the language, cleaner syntax, free of the C requirements for header files and pre-compiler commands, and the ability to use categories (the re-use mechanism) to include anything.

It is this latter ability that represents "the whole idea". Unlike Objective-C's categories that allowed only new methods to be built onto existing classes, TOM allowed the addition of class and instance variables, new methods, even new superclasses. This results in the redefinition of "class" as "a class is defined by its main definition and any extensions", these extensions have become a first-class citizen of the language (similarly to Ruby).

The book The Pragmatic Programmer lists TOM as an example for a new language to learn.

Development of the TOM language has ceased.

Tom (given name)

Tom is mostly used as a diminutive of Thomas. In Germanic countries and Scandinavia "Tom" is in use as a formal given name.

The name Tôm also exists as an independent Aramaic name .

Notable people who use the diminutive include:

  • Tom Anderson (disambiguation)
  • Tom Baker (disambiguation)
  • Tom Bergeron, American television personality and game show host
  • Tom Bosley, American actor
  • Tom Brady, American football player for the New England Patriots
  • Tom Brokaw, American anchor for NBC
  • Tom Cassell, British Youtuber
  • Tom Chaplin, British singer of band Keane
  • Tom Clancy, American author
  • Stompin' Tom Connors, Canadian singer/songwriter
  • Tom Cotter (disambiguation)
  • Tom Cruise (disambiguation)
  • Tom Daly (disambiguation)
  • Tom DeLay, American politician
  • Tom DeLonge, American musician
  • Tom Dwan, American poker player
  • Tom Felton, English actor and singer
  • Tom Fletcher (disambiguation)
  • Tom Gilson, American actor
  • Tom Gilson (American football), American football player
  • Tom Green (disambiguation)
  • Tom Hanks, American film actor
  • Tom Hardy (disambiguation)
  • Tom Hiddleston, English actor
  • Tom Hopper, English actor
  • Tom Humble, Australian Rugby League player
  • Tom Jobim, Brazilian singer-songwriter
  • Tom Jones (disambiguation)
  • Tom Kenny (disambiguation)
  • Tom Kingston, Australian rugby union player
  • Tom Kingston (rugby league), Australian rugby league player
  • Tom Konyves, Canadian poet, pioneer of video poetry
  • Tom Leppard, English surfer
  • Tom Mix, American cowboy actor
  • Tomm Moore, Irish illustrator, comics artist and filmmaker
  • Tom Morello, American guitarist from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave
  • Oswald 'Tom' Mosley, English politician, known principally as the founder of the British Union of Fascists
  • Tom Odell, British singer
  • Tom Parker (disambiguation)
  • Tom Pratt (American football), American football coach
  • Tom Petty, American musician and singer-songwriter
  • Tom Poston, American actor
  • Tom Rehder, American football player
  • Tom Riddle, fictional Harry Potter series villain
  • Tom Selleck, American actor and film producer
  • Tom Simpson (disambiguation)
  • Tom Smothers, American comedian, composer, and musician
  • Tom Stolhandske, American football player
  • Tom Symonds, Australian Rugby League player
  • Tom Thumb, A character of English folklore
  • Tom Tsuchiya, American sculptor
  • Tom Verlaine, American guitarist for the punk band Television
  • Tom Vu, Vietnamese-American poker player, real estate investor and speaker
  • Tom Waits, American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor
  • Tom Welling, American actor best known for playing Clark Kent on Smallville
  • Tom Zé, Brazilian singer‐songwriter

Notable people with Tom as given name include:

  • Tom Boonen, Belgian cyclist
  • Tom Kaulitz, guitarist of band Tokio Hotel
  • Tom Segev, Israeli historian, author, and journalist
  • Tom Tykwer, German film director
  • Tom Veen, Dutch politician
Tom (animated TV series)

Tom or Tom the greatest friend was a children's television cartoon first broadcast in 2007 and produced by the Cromossoma ( The Triplets) which was subsequently broadcast in several European countries. The show followed the adventures of the titular character, "Tom", who was the last remaining dinosaur, as he traveled around the world with the circus ran by his friends. The series followed their travels to different countries and landmarks including the Eiffel Tower and the canals of Venice, whilst also following the attempts of two bungling criminals; Weedon and Hatch, to kidnap Tom for their boss, the equally inept Mr Carter.

The show was unique in that it used a blend of both 2D and 3D animation. The show primarily employed 2D animation for the characters and scenes, however 3D models were utilised for chase sequences and occasional landscape shots.

Category:Spanish animated television series Category:Spanish children's television series

Usage examples of "tom".

Matters were in this situation, when Tom, one afternoon, finding Sophia alone, began, after a short apology, with a very serious face, to acquaint her that he had a favour to ask of her which he hoped her goodness would comply with.

And so we find him now about to show to his chum, Ned Newton, his latest patent, an aerial warship, which, however, was not the success Tom had hoped for.

Tom hoped would prove to be a successful aerial warship rushed to the open.

Though it may seem to the reader that some time has elapsed since the first sounding of the alarm, all that I have set down took place in a very short period--hardly three minutes elapsing since Tom and the others came rushing out of the aerial warship building.

In the meanwhile Tom had been in further communication with government experts who were soon to call on him to inspect the aerial warship, with a view to purchase.

There Tom told how the Red Cloud came to be built, and of his first trip in the air, while, on the opposite side, Miss Delafield lectured to the entire school on aeronautics, as she thought she knew them.

The book contained forty-two poems by such writers as Gemma Files, Charlee Jacob, Mark McLaughlin, Peter Crowther, Bruce Boston, Tom Piccirilli and others, along with a Foreword by John Rose, an Introduction from Phyllis Gotlieb and an Afterword by James Morrow.

Depois falou com voz fraca e em tom baixo: - Estou agora completamente sozinha no mundo, Tatziu.

To the surprise of even two such veteran flyers as John Ross and Tom Meeks, the airplane had gone less than fifty yards when she began to rise as gracefully as a swallow in response to her up-turned ailerons and elevators.

Then Tom threw the elevators and ailerons hard up, and held them there.

But less than three hours later, Tom was back at the Rose and Crown with information that an Italian painter by the name of Giorgio Donatelli could be found at Number Thirty-two, Almonry Terrace, Westminster.

Just after sundown, as the Andes valleys were bathed in alpenglow, Daeman, Tom, and Siris freefaxed in, but they stayed only a few moments.

Jamie had planned on visits only to the two Cherokee villages closest to the Treaty Line, there to announce his new position, distribute modest gifts of whisky and tobaccothis last hastily borrowed from Tom Christie, who had fortunately purchased a hogshead of the weed on a seed-buying trip to Cross Creekand inform the Cherokee that further largesse might be expected when he undertook ambassage to the more distant villages in the autumn.

They are still there, Tom Arder, Arne, Venturi, and are now like stones, you know, frozen stones, in the darkness.

Besides Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich, the Republican team included Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and two Texans, Congressman Dick Armey, the House majority leader, and Congressman Tom DeLay, the House majority whip.