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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 In the video, the mother-daughter duo show off a number of their essential Thai cooking ingredients including Mama tom-yum noodles (which Pepper makes for Chrissy at 2 a.m. some nights!), bamboo shoots, and Squid fish sauce. Mary Honkus,, "Take a Tour of Chrissy Teigen's Pantry as Her Mom Reveals Her Thai Food Essentials," 22 Nov. 2019 At the Studio City market, Sunrise Organic Farm — a relatively new entrant into the game of fruit and vegetable musical chairs that is the Southern California farmers market system — has had tables loaded with cherry toms like a bijouterie counter. Amy Scattergoodstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. Farmers Market Guide: Big fun in little tomato town," 24 Aug. 2019 For accompaniments, consider laab gai, spicy ground-chicken lettuce wraps ($9); som tom, green papaya salad in a spicy lime dressing ($8); and garlic-chive dumplings, deep-fried with shrimp and chicken wrapped in wonton skins ($7). Rachel Lebeaux,, "Pho O-Sha is a sure winner in Watertown," 21 Aug. 2019 Its texture recalls Vietnamese chao tom, shrimp paste molded around sugar cane skewers. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At Bon Temps in Downtown L.A., the brilliant desserts are only the beginning," 29 Aug. 2019 Andrew moves to the toms, then back to the snare, then back., "Arrigo Sacchi: The Game That Made the AC Milan Legend One of the Greatest Managers of All Time," 15 Aug. 2019 Mam tom definitely brings funk to the fresh greens but doesn’t overpower them. Soleil Ho,, "Off the shelf: The powerfully funky umami of Vietnamese fish paste," 20 June 2019 The menu includes tom kha, fish cakes, satay, Panang curry and pineapple fried rice. Hadley Tomicki, Los Angeles Times, "Westchester’s Most Valuable Playa debuts with Sichuan hot chicken sandwiches and bao-inspired burgers," 30 July 2019 Holding it down from behind an austere kit, tom and snare were her main weapons of choice, her kick used primarily for thump and bump. Kevin Williams,, "Pitchfork Music Fest 2019: What we loved and what we could do without on day 3," 21 July 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Tom.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of tom

: a male turkey

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