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Tommy \Tom"my\, n.

  1. Bread, -- generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workmen as their daily allowance. [Slang,Eng.]

  2. A truck, or barter; the exchange of labor for goods, not money. [Slang, Eng.]

    Note: Tommy is used adjectively or in compounds; as, tommy master, tommy-store,tommy-shop,etc.

  3. Same as Tommy Atkins; -- a shortened form. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"British soldier," 1884, from Thomas Atkins, since 1815 the typical sample name for filling in army forms. Tommy gun (1929) is short for Thompson gun (see Thompson). Soon extended to other types of sub-machine gun, especially those favored by the mob.


n. 1 (context UK slang obsolete English) bread, generally a penny roll; the supply of food carried by workman as their daily allowance 2 (context UK slang obsolete English) A truck, or barter; the exchange of labour for goods instead of money.

Tommy (album)

Tommy is the fourth studio album by the English rock band The Who, a double album first released in May 1969. The album was mostly composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and his relationship with his family.

Townshend came up with the concept of Tommy after being introduced to the work of Meher Baba, and attempted to translate Baba's teachings into music. Recording on the album began in September 1968, but took six months to complete as material needed to be arranged and re-recorded in the studio. Tommy was acclaimed upon its release by critics, who hailed it as the Who's breakthrough. Its critical standing diminished slightly in later years; nonetheless, several writers view it as an important and influential album in the history of rock music. The Who promoted the album's release with an extensive tour, including a live version of Tommy, which lasted throughout 1969 and 1970. Key gigs from the tour included appearances at Woodstock, the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, the University of Leeds, the Metropolitan Opera House and the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. The live performances of Tommy drew critical praise and rejuvenated the band's career.

Subsequently, the rock opera developed into other media, including a Seattle Opera production in 1971, an orchestral version by Lou Reizner in 1972, a film in 1975, and a Broadway musical in 1992. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It has been reissued several times on CD, including a remix by Jon Astley in 1996, a deluxe Super Audio CD in 2003, and a super deluxe box set in 2013, including previously unreleased demos and live material.

Tommy (1975 film)

Tommy is a 1975 British musical fantasy film based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album Tommy. It was directed by Ken Russell and featured a star-studded cast, including the band members themselves (most notably, lead singer Roger Daltrey, who plays the title role). The other cast members include Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Elton John, Arthur Brown, and Jack Nicholson.

Ann-Margret received a Golden Globe Award for her performance, and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Pete Townshend was also nominated for an Oscar for his work in scoring and adapting the music for the film. The film was shown at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition. In 1975 the film won the award for Rock Movie of the Year in the First Annual Rock Music Awards.

Tommy (The Wedding Present album)

Tommy, on the cover 1985 TOMMY - THE WEDDING PRESENT 1987, is a compilation by The Wedding Present gathering their first four singles, their B-sides and selected tracks from two early radio sessions. It was released in July 1988 by their own record company, Reception Records.


Tommy is a given name that is usually the English diminutive of Thomas. The name also could refer to:

Tommy (1931 film)

Tommy is a 1931 Soviet film directed by Yakov Protazanov based on the play Armoured Train 14-69 by Vsevolod Ivanov.

Tommy (Dosh album)

Tommy is the fifth full-length studio album by Minneapolis-based one-man band Dosh, released on April 13, 2010 on the record label Anticon.

Tommy (pigeon)

Tommy was a pigeon who received the Dickin Medal in 1946 from the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals for bravery in service during the Second World War.

Tommy (EP)
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Tommy (poem)

The poem Tommy may refer to:

  • Tommy by Rudyard Kipling in 1892 and collected in Barrack-Room Ballads.
  • Tommy by Stephen King in 2010 and collected in The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.
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Tommy (soundtrack)

Tommy is a soundtrack album by The Who with contributions from numerous artists. The soundtrack was used in the 1975 Tommy film that was based on the original album that was released by The Who in 1969. Pete Townshend oversaw the production of this double-LP recording that returned the music to its rock roots, and on which the unrecorded orchestral arrangements he had envisaged for the original Tommy LP were realised by the extensive use of synthesiser.

The soundtrack LP also employed many leading sessions musicians including Caleb Quaye, Phil Chen and Nicky Hopkins (who also receives a "Special Thanks" in the album credits for help with the arrangements) as well as members of The Faces' Ronnie Wood and future Keith Moon replacement Kenney Jones. The song "Pinball Wizard", performed by Elton John, was a major hit when released as a single. Although the music for this song is performed by "The Elton John Band", as he was calling his musical team, the film depicts John being backed by The Who (dressed in pound-note suits). Townshend performs additional synthesizer and/or guitar on all tracks. Credits to "The Who" indicate performances by Townshend, John Entwistle and Moon jointly, regardless of vocalist.

Tommy (London Symphony Orchestra album)

Tommy is a 1972 album by the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Measham, of arrangements by Wil Malone. The project was conceived by Lou Reizner, initially with Rod Stewart singing Roger Daltrey's main role. As Pete Townshend and Daltrey became more involved Stewart's role was reduced to singing "Pinball Wizard".

The studio version of the orchestral Tommy was issued in boxed-set LP format. It featured original artwork and photography, which used a pinball as its main motif, was designed by Tom Wilkes and Craig Braun and won the Best Album Package Grammy in 1974.

Tommy (Kipling poem)

"Tommy" is an 1890 poem by Rudyard Kipling, reprinted in his 1892 Barrack-Room Ballads. The poem addresses the ordinary British soldier of Kipling's time in a sympathetic manner. It is written from the point of view of such a soldier, and contrasts the treatment they receive from the general public during peace and during war.

Tommy (King poem)

"Tommy" is a narrative poem by Stephen King, first published in the March, 2010 edition of Playboy, and later collected and re-introduced in the November 3, 2015 anthology The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. In the new introduction King disputes the famous adage (attributed to many celebrities, including Grace Slick, Robin Williams, Paul Kantner, Joan Collins, and Dennis Hopper): "If you remember the Sixties, you weren't there."

The poem is free verse and steeped in the slang and cultural references of the 1960s, a decade which encompassed all of King's teenage years. It describes the unique burial of the titular young man, a hippie who died of leukaemia, and the subsequent lives of his closest friends. The poem's themes, of the inevitable effects of age and mortality, make it something of a memento mori. The aforementioned introduction's suggestion, that Tommy is based on a real person, place it in the confessional genre of poetry. (Although, in the intro to Bazaar's following story, " The Little Green God of Agony", King states that he is not in the business of confessional fiction.)

Usage examples of "tommy".

Indian made Tommy acutely aware of signs that foretold his great though as yet unspecified-destiny.

The Creek sisters were eager to depart, wasting little time in packing Tommy into the bed of the pickup, fussing over him with auntly concern.

Tommy, whose bandanna kept his hair from blowing into his eyes, was attaching the Polaroid to the telephoto.

There was even one of Maggie, looking like a bosomy Wonder Woman in a fright wig, waving the Stars and Stripes in one hand and a Tommy gun in the other.

I would return Bossy to her home territory and look in the traveling trunk or any other place where I might find letters or diaries to take to Tommy tomorrow.

Tommy McCulloch lives past Golf Road at the other end of the village from Cheadle House, with his wife, Christeen.

With Sonny in jail, the others were keeping the action to a minimum -- even though Tommy, in his quiet, disaffiliated sort of way, was running the show pretty well.

We have Murder Most Foul: to whit, Mr Dumpty, Boy Blue, Madame Goose, Wibbly, Jack Spratt and now Tommy Tucker.

If Tommy were such an eejit as to get in with this kind of a crowd, maybe the safest place for him was in gaol.

Spur, in a paralyzing depression of unknown etiology, lying on Tommy D.

One of them, Lieutenant Colonel Franz Herber, a former police officer and a convinced Nazi, had fetched some Tommy guns and ammunition from the arsenal of Spandau, and these were secreted on the second floor.

Tommy took out first a sealed envelope rolled up lengthways with an elastic band round it.

Soon, he and Tommy were heading across the flats, over the spinifex grass and through the mulga trees in search of Daisy, who was with her family at the camp.

But at that oment I was confronted with another Tommy, who was actually yelling that I must not go near that man, and I must not go near the eper colony.

Sara and Ops and Tommy and the chief were hunched over the chart table, staring at the Transas screen as Sara right-clicked and dragged and dropped them all the way up the Aleutian Chain and back down again.