\ ˈtäm How to pronounce tom (audio) \

Definition of tom

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

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The Thai side of the menu veers away from the blunt instrument of tradition with an engaging consommé-style shrimp tom yum soup and a balanced and good sweet-and-sour pad thai. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Dominion spot Kin Thai & Sushi makes sushi and Thai a happy couple," 24 May 2018 On the flip side, fewer young hens could result in big toms having fewer distractions keeping them from rushing into a good hunter’s shooting zone. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Spring turkeys looking for love provide prime time hunting action," 15 Mar. 2018 There are few things more thrilling than having a wild adult tom turkey thunder a gobble in reply to your imitation of a hen. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "For hunters, South Texas colors a feast for the senses," 3 May 2018 The statewide harvest included 34,230 adult toms, 4,320 jakes and 336 hens. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin spring turkey harvest drops 10%," 2 June 2018 During the first weeks of this season, hunters reported very little gobbling on roosts and almost no gobbling once toms hit the ground in the morning. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Sound advice: More gobbles on horizon during turkey season," 11 Apr. 2018 Particularly the restaurant Bua Siam, which a Thai pal insisted serves the best tom yum soup in the city. Rico Gagliano, Los Angeles Magazine, "Searching for L.A.’s Best Thai Soup in a San Fernando Valley Strip Mall Called Armenia," 3 May 2018 The Times of San Diego reported that two had tom be airlifted to hospitals. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Horse trailer carrying at least 18 illegal immigrants crashes in Southern California," 9 Apr. 2018 However, the soup to order here is the tom kha noodle soup ($8.95), a large bowl of near-monochromatic goodness. Anna Caplan, star-telegram, "It's difficult to choose a favorite dish at the impressive Thai Orange | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 1 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of tom

: a male turkey

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