\ ˈtäm How to pronounce tom (audio) \

Definition of tom

1 : the male of various animals: such as
a : tomcat
b : a male turkey
2 Tom, disparaging : uncle tom

Examples of tom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sometimes a tom will gobble in the same spot for a long time, and never move any closer to you. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 8 Mar. 2021 Either of these options is better than competing against each other for the same tom. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, 23 Mar. 2021 Access them before first light and wait for a tom to sound off. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021 Two tom turkeys strutted in their wake, tail fans spread wide. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 May 2020 It was designed to move efficiently while tracking a coyote or a wary tom, and the reduced length and pistol grip are equally well suited to defending your castle. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 24 Apr. 2020 Slice it up to add to your favorite tom yum recipe; smash and smear it onto pork chops. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 12 Apr. 2020 The rabble-rousing of the youth movement can silence older toms, who quietly watch and listen as their younger counterparts make fools of themselves. Matt Wyatt,, 12 Mar. 2020 Soleil Ho, restaurant critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, moonlights in our pages to give us an umami-rich look at mam tom, the Vietnamese shrimp paste. Bill Addison,, 29 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tom

1762, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tom

Tom, nickname for Thomas

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“Tom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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